Dunwoody City Council is scheduled to vote at its December meeting on whether to adopt an animal nuisance ordinance. The ordinance would outlaw pets that create a public nuisance through noise or smell.

The ordinance is being considered because council members decided to drop provisions limiting pets from the city’s zoning regulations.

The proposal would allow the city to declare a “companion animal” a nuisance if “by its bodily waste odor, unsanitary condition or habitual howling, yelping, barking or other noise disturbs the comfort, peace or quiet of nearby property or which would cause annoyance or discomfort to a reasonable person of normal sensitivity in the area.”

The city would only get involved after complaints were brought by neighbors.