Posted: June 7, 2022 – DeLand, Florida – The Volusia County Council adopted a new animal control ordinance, which included a provision to ban declawing of cats. The ordinance passed with a unanimous vote of 7-0. The bill prohibits all elective declawing. Volusia County is located in the east-central part of Florida. As of the 2020 census, the county was home to over 550,000 residents. The largest city in the county is Daytona Beach.
County Councilwoman Barb Girtman praised the ordinance and the philosophy outlined by Volusia County Animal Services Director Adam Leath. “You’ve done it thoughtfully, you’ve approached it in a way to identify what the true root issue is, how to educate the public, how to identify the resources within the community that can help make a difference and not just be punitive,” said Girtman. “This is a solid document and a solid approach forward. It has my support.”
The ordinance applies in the unincorporated parts of Volusia County, but cities can adopt its provisions or contract with the county to have the law enforced in the municipality. Ordinance violations will carry a maximum civil penalty of $500.