BSL ALERT: Fairburn, Georgia

Fairburn City Councilman Scott Vaughn plans to introduce an ordinance at the November 14 council meeting that would, among other things, ban and/or regulate “pit bulls” or other “restricted breeds of dogs.” He claims this move is to protect the public and promote a “family-friendly community.”

Vaughn’s resolution is modeled after a Colorado law which makes it unlawful for any person to “have, own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell within the city any pit bull or restricted breed of dog.”

Accordingly, please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Vaughn city officials listed below. E-mail contact can only be made via an online form. I would suggest using snail-mail or faxing your correspondence using the address and fax number provided below.

This issue is expected to be discussed at the November 14, 2011 council meeting (this Monday). If you are in the Fairburn area, please make every effort to attend this meeting.

Fairburn City Council meets the second & fourth Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at city hall. Council Agendas and Meeting Minutes

Fairburn City Hall
56 Malone Street
Fairburn, Georgia 30213
Phone 770-964-2244
Fax 770-969-3484

Online contact form for ALL city officials

Mayor: Mario Avery
City Administrator: Tom Barber
City Clerk: Brenda James

Council Members:
Ron Alderman
Alex Heath
Elizabeth Hurst
Marian Johnson
Jean Barkley Russell
Scott Vaughan

11/3/11
Vaughn to introduce proposed city ordinance regarding dogs
By Bill Baldowski
bbaldowski@neighbornewspapers.com

Fairburn Councilman Scott Vaughn is set to introduce a proposed city ordinance at the Nov. 14 council meetingt that he said would protect the public and promote what he termed a family-friendly community.

His proposal concerns the city adopting a breed specific ban on the type of dog breed Fairburn residents would be allowed to own, plus other dog-related issues.

“I am proposing three elements in this ordinance,” Vaughn said. “They include the total ban on tethering of dogs or the city adopting a strict limit on such practices pertaining to the length of the tether, the dog owner attendance to a tethered dog or a time limit with regard to how long a dog would be tethered.”

His resolution is modeled after a Colorado law which makes it unlawful for any person to “have, own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell within the city any pit bull or restricted breed of dog.”

Vaughn said city officials have received public input about issues concerning dogs and, in the last few years, have received calls concerning dog attacks.

“We want to create the most family-friendly environment we can but there are dangers which exist regarding people not properly controlling their dogs or not being accountable for their dogs,” he said, adding, if it were up to him, he would outright ban the practice of tethering a dog because such practices tend to affect the dog’s behavior.

His proposal would also strengthen the current city ordinance regarding tethering.

Although the tethering issue was not part of Vaughn’s original concern, he said several residents have complained to city officials that, because of a tethered dog, they are being forced to walk into the street to safely get by the dog on a homeowner’s property.

In addition to the tethering issue, Vaughn is also proposing that all dogs which are being walked would be muzzled as well as a breed specific ban or distinct requirements on the control of such breeds.

“Certain breeds are not only overwhelmingly responsible for dog-related fatalities but their mere presence is menacing and creates an environment of fear and intimidation,” he said.

Vaughn added that any dog can bite someone “but only a few are just so powerful and vicious that their presence is a threat to the community.”

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4 responses to “BSL ALERT: Fairburn, Georgia

  1. Consider instead implementing a “dangerous dog” ordinance, which does not target any one specific breed, but rather targets those owners who have made their dogs a liability. It is those dog owners that need to be held accountable for their dogs’ actions, not good, law-abiding citizens that happen to own a breed that, by the opinion of some, appears “menacing.”

    I myself own a pit bull. She is well-socialized, has never been chained, and has NEVER attacked anyone or anything. Why should I be forced to give up my wonderful, incredible family pet because someone on the other side of town let their dog bite someone? It doesn’t make sense. Do the research, you can come up with a better solution!!

  2. Mr. Vaughn says, “We want to create the most family-friendly environment we can but there are dangers which exist regarding people not properly controlling their dogs or not being accountable for their dogs,” SO WHY ARE THE DOGS HAVING TO PAY FOR WHAT THEIR “PEOPLE” DO? Here’s an idea; punish the people for not properly caring for their animals, not the animals and for the record, it doesn’t matter what breed of dog you chain up, they are going to become agitated and aggressive. That’s exactly why some people do it. Muzzle dogs while walking them? Are you kidding me? This is the height of ignorance!

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  4. Just another example of ignorance shining bright and clear. We have to educate people on responsible animal ownership, not by putting specific breeds at risk. In 98% of all cases of dog attacks the cause can be traced back to the owner and their irresponsible handling of their animals.

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