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Animal Services Board

Meeting Public Notice for December 11, 2023


Meeting of the Animal Services Board

Date/Time: December 11, 2023 at 4 p.m.

Cobb County Safety Village
1220 Al Bishop Dr, Marietta, GA 30008


To Hold a Hearing on the Classification of a Dog in Case No. 23-903573;

To Ratify the Decisions Made on the Classification of Dogs in Case Nos. 23-902547 and 23-903282          


Cobb County Code Section 3-5-5; Ordinance of 10-24-89; Amendment of 3-9-93 regarding method of appointment; Amendments of 11-9-93. New Animals Ordinance (Chapter 10) adopted May 24, 2005 changed the method of appointment to this board and the make-up of the board.


Board is appointed by Board of Commissioners and consists of:

  • Post 1 - one (1) member of the Humane Society of Cobb County Board of Directors or its designee;
  • Posts 2, 3, & 4 - three (3) Cobb County citizens with an interest in domestic animals;
  • Posts 5 & 6 - two (2) veterinarians at least one of whom shall be a member of the Cobb County Veterinary Medical Society;
  • Post 7 - one (1) citizen chosen by the Chair of Board of Commissioners.

The Manager of the Cobb Animal Services Unit shall be an ex-officio member of this Board. All members shall be Cobb County residents.

Members of the Animal Services Board serving in Posts 5, 3, 1 and 6 and appointed by District Commissioners Posts 1, 2, 3 and 4, respectively, shall serve terms to run concurrent with the appointing commissioner's term and those members will serve at the pleasure of the appointing commissioner.

The Post 4 Animal Services Board member shall be appointed by the Commissioners from Districts 1 and 3. The Post 2 Animal Services Board member shall be appointed by Commissioners from District 2 and 4.

The Post 2 and Post 4 members shall serve at the pleasure of the appointing Commissioners and these two members' terms will conclude upon the first of their appointing commissioner's leaving office for any reason. Notwithstanding the above, all members of the Animal Services Board shall continue to serve until their replacements are appointed.

The Post 7 member appointed by the Chair of the Board of Commissioners shall serve concurrently with the Chair's term of office, at the pleasure of the Chair and until a successor is appointed.

The Animal Services Board shall recommend regulations to BOC concerning control and welfare of animals, guidelines for operation and maintenance of the animal control shelter. Members of the Animal Services Board shall adopt procedures and policies to govern potential conflicts of interest arising from the responsibilities and duties of their positions. Members receive no compensation. The Board is required by County Code to meet at least twice annually; however, there are usually monthly meetings held.

Board Members

Member Name Appointed By Term
Sarah Cant Commissioner Birrell 12/31/2026
Patti Zachary Commissioner Richardson 12/31/2024
Fran Jackson Commissioners Gambrill & Birrell  12/31/2026
Wayne Blackstone Commissioners Sheffield & Richardson 12/31/2024
Dr. Toby Carmichael, Chair Commissioner Sheffield 12/31/2024
Dr. Danielle Tillis Commissioner Gambrill 12/31/2026
Dr. Justin Toth Chairwoman Cupid 12/31/2024


Animal Services Manager