I just spoke with the Rosman town clerk for clarification on a very brief news article regarding a proposed pit bull ban there. Alderman Walter Pettit proposed the ban at the last Board meeting due to animals running loose, some of which are pit bulls. There have also been incidents reported by mail carriers, meter readers, and garbage men about chained dogs, primarily pit bulls, that are on chains long enough to reach the mailboxes, meters and garbage cans, and are reported to be aggressive to the service workers.
She also said that while there are no actual eye witnesses, they have heard talk of certain residents fighting dogs.
The city attorney, Donald Barton, is researching ordinances per the instruction of the Board of Aldermen.
Rosman doesn’t have a “pit bull” problem, they have a irresponsible/careless dog owner problem.
It is very important that you send strong generic dangerous dog ordinances that focus on irresponsible and reckless dog owners for the Board’s consideration. Please stress that “problem dogs” are the result of “problem dog owners.” Removing a specific breed of dog from the community does nothing to improve community safety because the issue of irresponsible owners has not been addressed. Instead, the problem dog owners are allowed to continue their cycle of irresponsibility — that cycle simply continues with a breed of dog they are allowed to have.
The next Board of Aldermen meeting is Tuesday, August 14, 2012. The clerk asked that I call on Monday the 13th to see if she has been instructed to add this issue to the meeting agenda.
Please send your polite, respectful and informative letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Rosman officials. Individual contact information is not available for town officials, but correspondence may be sent to the Town Clerk, Angela Woodson, with a polite request for Ms. Woodson to forward on to the Mayor, town attorney and each Alderman.
Town of Rosman
P.O. Box 636
Rosman, NC 28772