December 17, 2014 Edition

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Walnut Ridge Council tables
dangerous animal ordinance

Gretchen Hunt

An ordinance on animal care, treatment and cruelty within the Walnut Ridge city limits was presented at the city council meeting on Dec. 9. The ordinance contains a new section prohibiting pit bulls.

The proposed ordinance states that it shall be unlawful for any person to own, transport or sell within the city any pit bull, including American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of these breeds.

These laws would not apply to those who own pit bulls prior to the ordinance passing. Said owners will be allowed to keep their pet as long as they present them to the animal control officer during business hours within 30 days of the ordinance passing.

The ordinance will require three readings. Aldermen voted to table the ordinance until the first of the year to allow the new administration to review it.

In other business, the council voted to vacate and abandon an alleyway from Hazel Street to Gum Street. Ted and Martha Coker are the sole owners of the property adjoining the alleyway.

Also at the meeting:

  • plaques were presented to outgoing aldermen Natalie Wallin, Boyce Dixon, Don Winfrey and Ed Lawson. The late Michael "Button" Wallin was also honored posthumously. Mayor Don House and City Attorney Adam Weeks were also recognized for their years of service.

  • Don Cavenaugh was reappointed to a five-year term on the Walnut Ridge Airport Commission.

  • House presented the 2015 budget, which was tabled for further review.

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