The Trussville, Alabama City Council is considering a ban on owning “breeds of pit bull dogs” within city limits in response to “several” incidents involving pit bulls.
Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Trussville city officials. Please encourage them to seek a resolution to their animal control issues that focuses on irresponsible and reckless dog owners rather than specific breeds of dogs.
The article indicates there is no timetable for discussion on this issue, but residents in the area need to reach out to officials there and plan on attending upcoming council meetings.
City of Trussville
131 Main Street
Trussville, Alabama 35173
Mayor Eugene (Gene) A. Melton
E-mail contact information is not made available for the individual council members, but there is an online contact form you may send your correspondence to.
Trussville considering ban on pit bulls
Written by Gary Lloyd
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
The Trussville City Council is considering a ban on owning breeds of pit bull dogs within city limits.
The potential amendment to the city’s animal control ordinance stems from an incident last month in which a 9-year-old girl was attacked by an unleashed pit bull in Trussville.
“It actually started before that, but that was the nail in the coffin,” said council President Wayne Taylor. “We’ve had several instances where pit bulls have attacked citizens of Trussville.”
Taylor speculated that the potential amendment would allow current pit bull owners to be “grandfathered in.”
The amendment could include stipulations such as length of leashes and certain breeds of dogs wearing muzzles when being walked.
“This is a very in-depth ordinance,” said Mayor Gene Melton.
There is no timetable for a vote on the amendment. The council next meets Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.
“I think it’s worthwhile to consider it for the safety of our citizens,” said Councilman Buddy Choat.
The city adopted its animal control ordinance in 1998. It defines a “nuisance animal” as “an animal that threatens the safety of or damages a member of the general public or interferes with the ordinary use and enjoyment of another’s property.”
It defines a “public nuisance” as “any animal or any condition resulting from an animal that unreasonably annoys human beings, endangers the lives or health of other animals or persons or substantially interferes with the rights of citizens, other than its owners, to enjoyment of life or property.”