Amendment to dangerous dog ordinance moves forward (Tupelo, MS)

Last night, the Tupelo, MS city council discussed amending its dangerous dog ordinance to add rottweilers and dobermans to the list of “dangerous dogs.” Because the issue was on the study agenda, no vote was taken. However, the city clerk has confirmed that the council did move the issue forward, and it will be placed on the action agenda for the May 1, 2012 city council meeting. Items on the action agenda are up for vote by the council.

The City of Tupelo already has regulations in place for “pit bulls” which include licensing, registering and securing permits. Owners of “pit bulls” must also post signage and meet confinement restrictions.

Please contact the Tupelo city officials with your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation. Its important to remember in all your interactions with any city official that you are representing responsible dog owners as a whole, and that negative communications can and will reflect very poorly on the very people you are trying to help.

Contact Information for City of Tupelo, MS officials:

City Hall
71 East Troy Street
Tupelo, MS 38804
(662) 841-6513

Mayor Jack Reed Jr.
Jack.Reed@tupeloms.gov

Markel Whittington
markel.whittington@comcast.net

Fred Pitts
rfred@sguard.net

James (Jim) Newell
jimwnewell@comcast.net

Nettie Davis
nettiedavisward4@bellsouth.net

Jonny Davis
jstuartdavis@yahoo.com

Mike Bryan
mike.bryan@comcast.net

Willie Jennings
wljennings@yahoo.com

Kim Hanna, City Clerk
Kim.Hanna@tupeloms.gov
Phone – 662-841-6509
Fax – 662-840-2074

Current dangerous dog ordinance for Tupelo, MS:

CODE OF ORDINANCES
City of TUPELO, MISSISSIPPI

ARTICLE V. – DANGEROUS ANIMALS

Sec. 6-96. – Definition.

(a)The following animals are hereby found and determined to be dangerous animals and as such are subject to all requirements and provisions of this article:

* * *

(2)Any pit bull terrier, which shall be herein defined as any Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of Staffordshire bull terrier or American Staffordshire bull terrier so as to be identifiable as partially of the breed of Staffordshire bull terrier or American Staffordshire bull terrier by any qualified veterinarian duly licensed as such by the state.

http://library.municode.com/index.aspx?clientID=14375&stateID=24&statename=Mississippi

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