BSL ALERT – Laurel, MS (Pit bulls, rotties, dobies & chows)

The first reading of the proposed ordinance has been approved. A second reading is required before the law can be enacted.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE opposition to breed specific legislation to the Laurel, Mississippi officials listed below. Please send viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration, as well.

Jodi Preis
Bless the Bullys

City Clerk
Mary Ann Hess
City of Laurel
401 North 5th Avenue
Laurel, MS 39440

City Council Clerks
(601) 428-6444
Fax (601) 428-6417

Sharon King, Council Clerk

Elizabeth Raybourn, Deputy Council Clerk

Melvin Mack
City Hall
Laurel, MS 39440
Office: (601) 428-6401
Fax: (601) 428-6403

Ward 1
Willie Lavonne Evans
1729 Julian Street
Laurel, MS 39440
Home: (601) 649-8679
Cell: (601) 319-2576

Ward 2
Tony Wheat
536 W. 18th Street
Laurel, MS 39440
Home: (601) 649-8667
Cell (601) 433-8001

Ward 3
Tony Thaxton
5 Northgate Dr.
Laurel, MS 39440
Home: (601) 649-2587
Cell: (601) 498-7675

Ward 4
George Carmichael
1720 Martin Luther King Ave.
Laurel, MS 39440
Home: (601) 425-4151
Cell: (601) 319-2449

Ward 5
Manuel L. Jones
511 E. 11th Street
Laurel, MS 39440
Home: (601) 428-8458
Cell: (601) 498-3001

Ward 6
Johnny Magee
P.O. Box 4085
Laurel, MS 39440
Home: (601) 428-1269
Work: (601) 425-2665

Ward 7

Trey Chinn
1119 McConkey Street
Laurel MS 39440
Cell Phone: (601) 422-7315

City Administrator
Dennis Keveryn
Laurel, MS 39440
Office: (601) 428-6411

City officials move towards tougher dog ordinance
By Eloria Newell James, Laurel Leader-Call

LAUREL — The City of Laurel made the first step toward making tougher regulations regarding the management of dogs in the city.

The Laurel City Council unanimously agreed to approve an order calling for tougher laws regarding animals in the City of Laurel.

During the Laurel City Council’s April 6th meeting, Councilman George Carmichael expressed concern about dogs being allowed to roam in the city without restraints.

Tuesday, a video of a local television station’s report of a woman being attacked by a dog was played for the council and audience. After the video, the council voted 7-0 to approve the first reading of the ordinance amending sections from Ordinance No. 1210-1993 outlined in the Laurel Code of Ordinance of Chapter 5 “Animal Control.”

“There is a concern about dogs in the city,” Carmichael said. “We have a bad problem in the city of Laurel. It’s dangerous.”

The proposed ordinance does not prohibit the ownership of dogs, but does require people to be responsible.

“There’s a public outcry to band these animals,” Carmichael said. “We are not against dogs. We are against the careless owners.”

Carmichael said the city will use this proposed amended ordinance to address some of those issues.

The ordinance addresses and identifies vicious animals.

“No person shall keep, own, maintain, use or have in such person’s possession or n premises, within the city, any vicious animal, unless such animal is within a securely fenced area, secured building, or under immediate control of the owner,” the proposed ordinance states. “Specific breeds of dogs are hereby determined to be vicious animals … American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Rottweiler Breed Standard, Doberman Pinscher Breed Standard and Chow Chow Breed Standard.”

The first impoundment fee charge for a vicious dog “that the Animal Control Officer finds running at large within the city,” will be $250 and the second impoundment fee will be $500.

In addition to amendments being made concerning vicious dogs, officials also addressed animals in general.

According to the amendments, “no person shall keep more than three domesticated animals over the age of three months other than in a licensed kennel or boarding kennel as permitted in the zoning district outlined in the city’s land use regulations.”

Carmichael said the enforcement of the proposed ordinance will require work by the Laurel Police Department, the City of Laurel’s Inspection Department, and the city’s Animal Control Officers.

City administrator Dennis Keveryn commended Councilman George Carmichael for his work on this matter.

Tuesday’s approval was the first reading of the proposed ordinance changes.

According to city policy, an ordinance has to have a first and second reading before it can be enacted.


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