As previously reported, a Dawson, Georgia resident has requested the Terrell County Board of Commissioners to ban pit bulls. The resident’s request has the support of the County Commissioner, and they have requested the county attorney to look at breed specific ordinances in other communities for ideas in crafting their own. The board will vote on a final ordinance at the next County Commission meeting on Wednesday, February, 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
In addition, the Dawson city manager advises the Dawson city commission will meet Thursday, January 12 to discuss harsher guidelines, such as keeping the dogs inside an enclosure, keeping them leashed anytime they are out of the enclosure as well as keeping them muzzled while on a leash.
Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to the county and city officials. Please also include alternatives, suggestions, and breed-neutral ordinances for their consideration
Terrell County Commissioners
235 E Lee St
Terrell County Government Building
P.O. Box 525
Dawson , GA 31742-0525
Phone: (229) 995-4476
FAX: (229) 995-4320
City of Dawson, Georgia
101 S. Main Street
Phone: (229) 995-4444
Fax: (229) 995-3713
Terrell County evaluates pit bull policy
by Ashley Knight
Posted: 01.05.2012 at 12:00 PM
DAWSON, GA — A woman in Terrell County has demanded the county commission do something about pit bulls in the area.
Lawana Friddell says two pit bulls viciously attacked 28 of her sheep.
She requested the commission either ban the dogs or lay down harsher regulations.
The commission supported banning pit bulls and asked the county attorney to look into similar ordinances in other cities.
“We’re gonna look at other jurisdictions, ordinances, find out which ones have been challenged in court, upheld in court and borrow those types of ordinances,” says county attorney Ed Collier.
He will bring his findings to the next meeting on the first Wednesday of February and the commission will take action then.
Friddell also has the support of the city of Dawson.
Their city manager, Barney Parnacott says the city commission will meet January 12 and discuss harsher guidelines, such as keeping the dogs inside an enclosure, keeping them leashed anytime they are out of the enclosure as well as keeping them muzzled while on a leash.
Friddell says she’s saddened by the loss of her sheep, but she is more concerned about the welfare of others in the area.
“This could have happened to a person, this could have happened to a child on a playground, I have an 88-year-old mother who lives with me.”
Similar laws have been passed in Atlanta.