The Board of Supervisors in Carroll County, Mississippi will consider a proposal to ban or put strict rules on the ownership of pit bulls next week.
Board attorney, Kevin Horan, advised county officials that he believed they could enact an ordinance banning pit bulls that would be upheld by the courts, but a ban would be more difficult than the alternative of regulating the ownership of pit bulls.
The supervisors asked Horan to draft a proposed ordinance they can look at on Monday, July 7, 2014.
The call for a pit bull ordinance comes in the wake of a dog attack in another county. However, the Carroll County sheriff advised Board members that “pit bulls” were being abandoned in Carroll County and becoming an issue after the passage of an ordinance in Grenada County. Sadly, it appears representatives at surrounding shelters support the call due to the number of dogs in the area, and the director of the Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada took her support a step further, stating that any ordinance should require pit bull owners have liability insurance, and a stipulation be included that they could not live close to schools, churches or day cares.
Time is of the essence as this issue will be discussed on Monday, July 7.
Accordingly, please take a moment today to send your polite, respectful and informative letters in opposition to breed discriminatory legislation to the Carroll County officials. E-mail contact information is not available for the Board members, but you may fax your letters and suggestions encouraging the county to focus on problem dog owners rather than specific breeds of dogs to the Board of Supervisors, as well as the county attorney.
Talking points on the many problems associated with breed specific laws can be found here.
We also recommend sending county officials the NAIA publication “A Guide to Constructing Successful, Pet Friendly ordinances.” The guide has some excellent points that would help them make a more informed and educated decision that does not involve regulating certain breeds of dogs.
Considering the issue of concern appears to be the number of unattended “pit bulls” in the county, its important to point out that a breed specific ordinance will only result in more dogs being dumped in the county, thus increasing the problem already being experienced. Rather than impose an ordinance that would negatively impact the community, as well as responsible dog owners, the county would be better served by enacting a breed-neutral ordinance that targets irresponsible and reckless dog owners, educating residents on responsible ownership practices, and strictly enforcing the laws already in place.
Carroll County, Mississippi
Board of Supervisors
Post Office Box 60
Carrollton, MS 38917
Phone: (662) 237-9660
FAX: (662) 453-1340