Officials in Welsh, Louisiana unanimously agreed to repeal the city’s pit bull ordinance at their council meeting on Tuesday, August 6. They voted to replace the breed specific law with a revised ordinance that puts more emphasis on a dog’s actions and behaviors. According to Alderman Bob Owens, the change will put more responsibility on the actions of the dog, regardless of breed, as well as the dog’s owner.
The new ordinance sets the following criteria for “dangerous dogs.”
• Any dog which when unprovoked, on two separate occasions within 36 months, engages in any behavior that requires a defensive action by any person to prevent bodily injury when the person and the dog are off the property of the owner of the dog.
• Any dog which, when unprovoked, bites a person causing an injury.
• Any dog which, unprovoked, on two separate occasions within 36 months, has killed, seriously bitten, inflicted injury or caused injury to another animal.
All reported cases of dangerous or potentially dangerous dogs will be documented by the city, and any dog deemed vicious will not be returned to its owner.
Congratulations to the city of Welsh for focusing on behavior rather than breed and enacting an ordinance that will work to protect the entire community, people and animals alike.