On May 2, 2012 Council President Alexius suggested the council consider a law to restrict pit bull ownership in the city of Covington, Louisiana. It now appears any proposal would not simply single out pit bulls, but may target a group of breeds that are considered vicious.
Councilman Alexius said any action taken would be studied for a while and would be reviewed by the city attorney before any attempt of enacting new ordinances.
Please continue to send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Covington city officials listed below. Please include suggestions and viable alternatives for their consideration, as well as advising them of the many flaws of breed specific ordinances. Encourage the city officials to enforce the law already in place to ensure the safety and welfare of everyone in the community – humans and animals. E-mail contact information is not available for individual council members, but may be sent via the Council Clerk, Bonnie Champagne.
The Covington City Council meets on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month at 6 p.m. at the Council Chambers located at 222 Kirkland Street, Covington, LA. The agenda for each meeting is available on the website by 2 p.m. on the Friday preceding the council meeting.
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Covington, LA city officials
Michael B. Cooper
Mayor – City of Covington
Covington Council will put dog bites back into crime
Posted: Sunday, May 13, 2012 1:00 am
By Debbie Glover St. Tammany News | 0 comments
A recent attack by a pit bull on an 8-year old girl in Covington has prompted the Covington City Council’s public safety committee to examine current ordinances regarding vicious animals.
Council President Lee Alexius said any action taken would probably be studied for a while and would be reviewed by the city attorney before any attempt of enacting new ordinances. They would not single out pit bulls as a breed, but may include a group of breeds that are considered vicious.
“The recent attack has prompted us to review the current ordinance to see if there is anything that is not being enforced or if there is anything we need to update to protect the citizens,” said Council Larry Rolling, who sits on the committee.
“We certainly will hold a public hearing or perhaps two public hearings about the issue whenever we are ready because it is a passionate issue and we want to get it right. We also don’t want our children, mothers or neighbors being attacked on the street again,” he said.
The first order of business is to review what is currently in the city’s ordinances, then to see what can be done to strengthen the current ordinances or enact new ones to keep the public safe and prevent, or at least make owners more accountable, for attacks in the future.
The process is not going to be immediate, but will take a few months to examine all phases of the problem. Some suggestions so far have included microchipping certain breeds so that owners can be located. However, that can be expensive and some dogs don’t even have licenses as it is. It would not be enforceable
The incident that has sparked the interest occurred April 17 when Chanel P. McKaskill allegedly was walking the pit bull that she said was not hers, and the leashed dog got away from her and attacked an 8-year old girl, chewing one arm badly and breaking the other arm. The girl was transported to Children’s Hospital in New Orleans, where she received treatment, including a plate in her arm, according to Covington Police Chief Richard Palmisano.
The attack occurred at the intersection of West 29th Avenue and N. Van Buren Street in Covington. Adults beat the dog, ultimately killing the tan pit bull, to get it to let go of the child.
The Council wants to be proactive to avoid future vicious attacks and has begun examining the problem.