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Postby heather » Wed May 20, 2009 8:16 am


Please send your POLITE AND RESPECTFUL opposition to breed specific legislation to the Fayette city officials listed below. Please also send viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration. E-mail contact information is not available, however fax numbers (if available) and snail mail addresses are below.

Jodi Preis
Bless the Bullys
www.blessthebullys. com

City of Fayette
102 2nd Avenue, S.E.

Fayette , AL 35555

(FAX) 205/932-8788

Ray Nelson
102 Second Ave. , S.E.

Fayette , AL 35555
(O) 205/932-5367

(FAX) 205/932-8788

City Council
1 Linda McCraw
2345 3rd Way NW

Fayette , AL 35555
(R) 205/932-3980

2 Waldon Tucker
P.O. Box 124 ,

Fayette , AL 35555
(R) 205/932-3054

3 Marvin Odom
842 13th Street, N.W. ,

Fayette , AL 35555
(R) 205/932-5581

4 Cedric Wilson
431 3rd Court, S.W. ,

Fayette , AL 35555
(R) 205/932-3387

5 David Brand
843 13th Street, S.W. ,
Fayette , AL 35555
(R) 205/932-8404

Fayette considers banning pit bulls
By Brian Reynolds Staff Writer
Published: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 10:07 p.m.

Christina Selman was hospitalized after a neighbor's pit bulls attacked her near her home in Fayette two months ago.

The three dogs bit her on her head, back, arms and legs, tearing her flesh to the bone on one leg, before their owner pulled them away.

Now, the Fayette City Council is considering a proposed ordinance intended to prevent similar attacks from happening again in the city.

The ordinance would ban any new pit bulls from the city and would require those owners who already have the dogs to meet strict requirements, including structures to contain the dogs, liability insurance and registration for the animals.

'Under our current ordinance, we're only allowed to deal with a dog after the dog has performed a dangerous act,' said City Councilman Mike Hardin, who first brought up the issue shortly after the attack.

'By that time the damage is already done,' he said. 'If we had an ordinance where pit bull dogs were not sanctioned in the city of Fayette, we'd come much closer to preventing situations like this.'

Aaron Cannon, the owner of the dogs who bit Selman, had been sanctioned for having too many dogs on his property before the attack. Police seized four pit bulls and three pit bull mixes from Cannon after the attack.

The proposed ordinance is similar to laws in Irondale and Brookside that have proved to be successful. Irondale's ordinance was passed in 1997 and the town no longer has a problem with pit bulls, Hardin said.

'I'm a retired police officer here in the city of Fayette. I was the police chief from the summer of 1995 to 1999, and through that whole period we dealt repeatedly with pit bull dog bites,' Hardin said. 'Of course, not all were pit bull dog bites. We had some chow bites that were pretty severe.'

The ordinance would also apply to 'dangerous animals,' defined as having a tendency to bite without being provoked, that cause injury by chasing, snapping or barking, that have been trained to fight or that have been bred with a wolf.

Pit bulls are not always dangerous, but often are trained to be dangerous. Fayette County law enforcement has seen pit bulls used for fighting and as guard dogs for methamphetamine labs, Hardin said.

'The problem a lot of times isn't a pit bull dog doing what comes natural to a pit bull dog; it's an owner,' he said. 'We can't make human beings be responsible owners.'

That is one of the reasons Fayette veterinarian Janie Kimbrell strongly opposes the ordinance. Pit bulls are large, strong dogs, which makes them attractive to people who want to use them as guard dogs, or to fight each other, she said.

'I'm sorry that bad people like these kinds of dogs, but you have to know how to handle them,' Kimbrell said. 'You look at rottweilers and Great Danes, they're massive dogs also, and if you don't know how to handle them, they can get the best of somebody.

'If we ban pit bulls, the people are just going to go to another big breed, and then where's this breed ban going to end?' she said.

Owners have to train their dogs to be social with other animals and people, regardless of their breed. Dogs must be taught that humans are the leaders of the pack, she said.

'If owners do not give that appropriate leadership, they can become aggressive,' she said. 'It could be a chihuahua, it could be a beagle, it could be lab. Any dogs can do damage if they're not socialized right, if they're not trained right.'

The ordinance defines pit bulls as bull terriers, Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers or any dog that appears to be predominantly one of the breeds, but Kimbrell is concerned about identifying the dogs. She has been a veterinarian for three years and said that identifying breeds requires a lot of guesswork. Testing a dog's breed is also not 100 percent accurate and is costly and time consuming.

But Fayette Mayor Ray Nelson, who is in his third term in office, said he has seen more problems with pit bulls than any other breed, even before the attack on Selman.

'I'm not saying that all of the dog bites in this community are pit bull bites, but when you do have this kind of dog bite, it's pretty vicious,' he said.

'We have thoroughly studied this issue. Our local veterinarians have shared information with us,' he said. 'My opinion is pit bull dogs are really unlike any other breed. They require a special level of responsibility and attention.'

The city attorney is working on the ordinance, and Nelson expects it to come up for a vote during the next several weeks. People who violate the ordinance can have their animals seized, be fined between $200 and $500 and be jailed.

http://www.tuscaloo sanews.com/ article/20090520 /NEWS/905199858/ 1007?Title= Fayette-consider s-banning- pit-bulls

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Postby heather » Mon Jun 22, 2009 8:52 pm

Pit Bull Ban
Fletcher Tubbs
June 22, 2009

The city of Fayette will ban ownership of pit bull breed dogs in the city limits, as of July 3, 2009.

If you own a pit bull currently and reside in the city don’t panic. You only have to register your dog at one of two locations in the city. Registrations will be available at the Fayette City Hall, and police department until July 3rd.

If caught with possession of a pit bull breed dog after the 3rd without registration you could face up to $500 in fines and six months in jail. For more information regarding the dog ban you can call the Fayette City Hall at 205-932-5367.

http://www.tuscaloo sanews.com/ article/20090622 /WVUA01/90622996 6/1002/NEWS02? Title=Pit- Bull-Ban

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