REPEAL ALERT: Dekalb County, Georgia

The officials of Dekalb County may vote in the coming months to lift a ban on pit bulls. Please take a moment to contact the Dekalb County officials – either individually or via the Board Clerk – to encourage them to remove the breed specific language from their current ordinance and pursue a breed-neutral ordinance that would benefit the entire community.

As their is no specific timeline for talks on the repeal, residents are encouraged to attend all future county board meetings. Meetings are typically held on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month and begin at 9:00 am in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive unless otherwise noted. All regular Board meetings are open to the public, and are televised live on Channel 23.

Clerk to the Board of Commissioners
Barbara Sanders

Board of Commissioners Agendas

Board of Commissioners
1300 Commerce Drive
Decatur, GA 30030
Fax: 404-371-7004

Elaine Boyer
(District 1)

Jeff Rader
(District 2) 404-371-2863

Larry Johnson
(District 3) 404-371-2425

Sharon Barnes Sutton
(District 4) 404-371-4907

Lee May
(District 5) 404-371-4745

Kathie Gannon
(Super District 6) 404-371-4909

Stan Watson
(Super District 7) 404-371-3681

DeKalb could vote to lift pit bull ban
Posted: Jul 20, 2011 11:06 AM PDT


CBS Atlanta News has learned that DeKalb County Commissioners may vote in the coming months to lift a ban on pit bulls in the community.

The Life Line Animal Project located in DeKalb County rescues pit bulls from the animal shelter and they told CBS Atlanta that the ban is inhumane.

“Basically what it does is make these dogs suffer. These dogs go in the shelter and they are not allowed to be adopted out,” said Debbie Setzer with Life Line.

Setzer said more than 50 pit bulls are euthanized at the DeKalb County Animal Shelter every week.

“Any breed of dog can bite. When you look at the American Temperament Test Society we know that pit bulls are pretty much like labs. They pass the temperament test. Cocker Spaniels are more likely to bite you. Golden Retrievers are more likely to bite you,” said Setzer.

CBS Atlanta contacted all five DeKalb County Commissioners for comment on Wednesday. Commissioner Jeff Rader was the only elected official to respond.

“Where do you stand on the issue?” asked CBS Atlanta reporter Adam Murphy.

“Well what I’m a strong supporter of is protecting the public from aggressive dogs and the owners of aggressive dogs,” said DeKalb County Commissioner Jeff Rader.

Rader said it could be months before commissioners vote on the ban because legislation must be introduced first.


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