Madisonville, TX, considers rescinding pitbull ordinance

Pits in the news and info on Breed Specific Legislation.

Postby Tiger » June 20th, 2008, 9:58 pm

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June 20, 2008
Responsible Pet Owners Alliance has been in touch with Madisonville
authorities since they passed their illegal breed specific legislation.
We've had attorney Zandra Anderson prepare and mail them a brief and asked
that the ordinance be rescinded. We're prepared to follow through with this
until they do so. The Madisonville city attorney told us at first the state
law will be changed next session. We think not! It does sound as though
there are some second thoughts from the newspaper article below.
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Pit Bull ordinance still being debated
Fernando Castro with The Meteor

Discussion of whether or not all pit bulls pose a hazard to the community
remains in dispute in City Council.

The Council tabled action on June 9 on possibly changing or rescinding the
ordinance that strongly restricts ownership of a dog that goes under the
classification of a pit bull. Breeds include American Pit Bull Terrier,
American Staffordshire Terrier and Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

The ordinance states that other cities and municipalities have determined
that pit bulls are very dangerous to humans and other animals. These places
have enacted their own legislation on pit bull restrictions.

Madisonville's current ordinance prohibits newcomers from owning a pit bull
dog. Residents who had these dogs before the ordinance was passed in
February have to adhere to several provisions, including permits, signs,
muzzles and other requirements.

Opponents of the ordinance believe a broad vicious dog ordinance would serve
the same purpose. Mayor Don "Sonny" Dean also thinks that some owners of pit
bulls are unnecessarily bearing some costs.

"I think we have citizens with pit bulls that are not a problem," said Dean.
"And if they're not a problem, then we shouldn't have them spending money
building pens and such."

Another solution brought up at the meeting was the city's leash law, which
has not been strictly enforced.

"If the leash law were pursued, then we might not have another problem,"
said council member Donnie Myrick.

With the issue tabled for now, the pit bull ordinance remains in effect. The
penalty for violating the ordinance is $50 for each day the provisions are
not followed.

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