The first reading of an animal control ordinance is on the agenda for TONIGHT’S (November 9, 2010) city council meeting. While the below article indicates the city is considering a breed specific ordinance, the agenda is not specific as to what the proposed ordinance being discussed consists of. Regardless, anyone in the area is encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. and are held at City Hall location, 101 E. Main Street, Second Floor, Board Room.
November 9, 2010 Agenda
(d.) Ordinance No. 1630, an ordinance to amend Title 10 Animal Control of the McMinnville Municipal Code by repealing and deleting it in its entirety and enacting and adopting a new Title 10 Animal Control; to repeal any provision in the Code of Ordinances in conflict with this ordinance; to provide for a severability clause; and to set the time when the ordinance becomes effective. First reading.
In the meantime,please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the city officials below. E-mail information is not available for all the city officials, however, you can send your correspondence to the City Recorder with a polite request to please forward to the mayor and aldermen.
Please also encourage the city officials to reach out to nearby Tullahoma who chose to enact an excellent generic dangerous dog ordinance rather than pass BSL a few years ago. Tullahoma has had great success with their ordinance.
City of McMinnville
101 East Main Street
PO Box 7088
McMinnville, TN 37111
–City Recorder Shirley Durham
Mayor Norman Rone
Vice Mayor Bobby Kirby
Alderman Rick Barnes
Alderman Everitt Brock
Alderwoman Clair Cochran
Alderman Jimmy Haley
931-668-5858 ext 249
Alderman Billy Wood
McMinnville Seeks Strict Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance Would Ban Breed Within City Limits
Reported By Cynthia Williams
POSTED: 5:13 pm CST November 8, 2010
UPDATED: 7:24 pm CST November 8, 2010
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. —
Pit bull owner Jennifer Barrickman, of McMinnville, said her 4-month-old rescue pit bull is playful and gentle, but McMinnville city officials are considering breed-specific-legislation that would place strict regulations on pit bull owners like her.
Public Works Director Bill Brock said pit bull complaints make up a significant portion of the calls they get from residents. Records show one McMinnville address calling nine times about one dog.
Yet, owners said pit bulls get a bad rap because most times when they’re seen, it’s because of reports such as one in February about a 4-year-old girl who was attacked by a pit bull.
“We can’t talk to dogs, but we can make it difficult for owners,” said Brock.
If the ordinance passes, it will be illegal for people to own a pit bull other or so-called vicious dogs within the McMinnville city limits. Exceptions will be made for people who already own the animals and comply with all the provisions of the ordinance.
Detractors said the particulars about the ordinance are among the strictest in the nation. For instance, if someone complains about Barrickman’s pit bull, Lucy, she will no longer be allowed to romp freely in her front yard. Instead, she’ll be forced to wear a leash, muzzle and full-body brace.
Also, Barrickman will have to pay a $45 annual fee to keep Lucy and maintain $100,000 worth of liability insurance.
McMinnville veterinarian Dr. Sam Young said the proposed ordinance goes too far. He said similar breed-specific-laws have failed.
For now, pit bull owners said they’re hoping the proposed ordinance is more talk than action.