Morrilton, AR considering emergency ordinance to regulate “pit bulls”

The city of Morrilton, Arkansas is considering an ordinance that targets pit bull-type dogs.  Mayor Stewart Nelson advises the ordinance will, among other things, require owners to install a 6-foot fence and post signage of the presence of “dangerous dogs.”

Despite the above requirements, however, FOX16 news is reporting the ordinance does not have a grandfather clause, which would mean “pit bulls” currently living in the city would no longer be allowed in the city limits.  Obviously, this conflicts with the language of the ordinance, and because of the July 4th holiday, I have not been able to confirm any of the specific of the proposal.

The Morrilton city council will vote on the issue Monday, July 8, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall. 

PLEASE NOTE:  The ordinance declares an emergency exists, and the vote on Monday, if approved by the council, means the law will take effect immediately. 

Morrilton has little to no online presence, and all communication with the city will need to be done via telephone or fax.  It is extremely important that you reach out to the city officials immediately with your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation.  Please ask them to consider alternatives that would crack down on irresponsible dog owners, a move that would target the heart of the problem rather than give the community a false sense of security. 

City of Morrilton
210 North Moose
Post Office Box 583
Morrilton, AR 72110
(501) 354-1556
Fax: (501) 354-6475

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