The city council in Argo, Alabama is holding a public hearing on Tuesday, April 29, 2014 at 6:00 pm on the topic of animal control. City officials are asking for resident input, and they want to hear concerns related to the establishment of an animal control ordinance. The hearing will take place at the Argo Municipal Complex at 100 Blackjack Road.
According to the mayor, the city has been discussing the implementation of an animal control ordinance for quite some time, and the meeting is not related to a recent fatal mauling in Riverside, Alabama. That being said, the timing of the hearing is causing concern among citizens who own certain breeds of dogs.
At the Riverside city council meeting on April 15, the subject of banning pit bulls was brought up by a resident. While no decisions were made at that meeting, none of the suggestions gathered were ruled out by the council either.
In light of recent events and the proximity of Riverside to Argo (approximately 20 miles), residents of Argo are being encouraged to attend the public hearing on Tuesday, April 29 to ensure that the discussions stay breed-neutral and focus on reckless and irresponsible dog owners, regardless of the breed of dog they own.
I spoke with the Argo city clerk today, who advised that the city currently has no animal control ordinance in place. She further advised that anyone is welcome to attend the public hearing on Tuesday, but the council will only be taking comments from those who reside in the city limits. If you live in Argo and would like to address the council, simply sign in when you arrive at the hearing.
Residents of Argo, you have the opportunity to start from scratch and work with your city officials to craft an ordinance that will enhance the safety and welfare of all who reside in your community, and to address any specific problems Argo may be experiencing. If you know of a city in Alabama with a strong, breed-neutral ordinance, you might bring a copy to present to the city council for their consideration. In addition, the NAIA’s Guide to Constructing Pet-Friendly Ordinances is an excellent resource and covers all aspects of animal control.
Bottom line…its always best to go in with possible solutions and alternatives ready to offer for consideration. It demonstrates to officials that you’re not there to complain or criticize the council, but that you want to take an active role in your community, and you’re interested and very willing to work with them on a common-sense ordinance that will benefit everyone.