November 19, 2014 EditionAlso in this issue...
Vicious dog ordinance to be drafted
The Walnut Ridge City Council has been discussing the need for a vicious dog ordinance for several months, and it was the main topic of conversation at November's meeting.
"Pit bull dogs are a real safety issue for the public," Mayor Don House told the council. "A man and a woman were seriously injured when a pit bull attacked them in Stewart Park in June Police officers had to shoot the dog four time before it was subdued."
The question of how long vicious dog owners would have to relocate their dogs if an ordinance is passed will be discussed at a later council meeting.
The possibility of vicious dog owners being required to carry a $100,000 insurance policy after their dog attacks a person or another animal was also part of the discussion. Alderman Boyce Dixon said that would be more of a reactive measure than a proactive one. The objective is to prevent dogs from attacking.
The aldermen also debated if all dogs within the city limits should be registered and how the city would handle mixed-breed dogs that appeared to be pit bulls.
Alderman Dixon made a motion to have city attorney Adam Weeks draft a vicious dog ordinance that would ban pit bulls.
When the council receives a proposed ordinance, they expect to hold three public meetings so the ordinance can be voted on before officially become a city law.
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