Category Archives: Mississippi

Yalobusha County, MS – BSL DEFEATED

Officials in Yalobusha County, Mississippi voted unanimously to enact a vicious dog ordinance at the Board of Supervisors meeting on November 20.  The ordinance will go into effect on December 22, 2012.

Read more Bless The Bullys Commentary….

Review the ordinance….

Okolona, MS – Animal Ordinance Amended, Pit Bulls Defined

The Okolona Board of Mayor and Aldermen tweaked the city’s new animal ordinance earlier this month to change the number of dogs allowed on a single piece of property and inserted the word ‘nuisance’ instead.

Originally, the number of animals an owner had was the target of the ordinance, but according to Okolona Mayor Louise Floyd-Cole the amendment was made to better suit city concerns.

“Five dogs that are quiet and don’t cause problems are not a nuisance, but one dog that barks and is dangerous could be a nuisance. We just wanted an ordinance that addressed our concerns so police can deal with it.”

With the language of the new ordinance, police can write a ticket for any animal deemed a nuisance.

Chief of Police, Tommy Leff, said he welcomed the new law and felt pit bulls should be banned.

“We went to a house recently and there was a bulldog there that was about to eat our guy up,” said Lee. “If those dogs get loose and threaten our officers, we have no option but to shoot it and we don’t want that.”

According to City Attorney Gene Barton, “The key issue is dogs and specifically those that might hurt someone.” Barton went on to state, “This ordinance defines what a pit bull breed is, what a vicious dog is and the regulations and penalties for letting dogs run loose.”  He went on to explain that while the definition of ‘dangerous animal’ does address pit bulls, it also includes hogs, bulls, snakes and horses.

The ordinance doesn’t ban dangerous animals, but owners are required to register them with the city and obtain a $1000 permit to keep the animal (pit bull).  In Barton’s opinion, the ordinance does not target anyone group or type of animal.

 

Yazoo, MS: Alderman wants pit bull ban

REMINDER:  Yazoo, MS Board of Alderman will meet today at 2:00 PM

Messages have been left at Mayor Straughter’s office in attempt to confirm if the  Board of Alderman would discuss a potential ban today, however we have not received that confirmation.

If you are in the area of Yazoo, MS, please attend today’s meeting, it offers the opportunity to provide the Board with the requested information concerning breed bans, their successes and failures, and to provide them with alternatives that provide better community safety.

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Alderman Aubrey Brent says “everyone knows” that pit bulls’ jaws lock.

City Hall, 128 East Jefferson Street, Yazoo City, MS  39194
Telephone:  662-746-3211
Fax:  662-746-6506
ycmayor@cableone.net
(The city website does not appear to reflect the most recent Aldermen.)

Board meetings are held the second and fourth Monday each month at 2:00 p.m.  They will take place at the Yazoo City Police Department in the board room.

Yazoo City Aldermen Differ on Pit Bull Ban

Reported by: Dustin Barnes
Email: dustinbarnes@jxntv.com
Last Update: 11/17 5:42 pm

[…] That’s why he [Alderman Aubrey Brent] would like a ban on them.[…]

“Everyone knows that when a pit bites down on you, his jaws are made in such a way as to they lock,” said Brent.[…]

No word yet on when — or even if — aldermen will pass a ban.

Full article retrieved 11/23/10 from http://www.my601.com/news/local/story/Yazoo-City-pit-bulls/244UoU-d_0mF_mYlne73ZQ.cspx

Yazoo, MS: Alderman wants pit bull ban

Readers may recall from 2010 that Yazoo City Aldermen discussed altering it’s Animal Control Ordinance concerning vicious animals.  Alderman Aubry Brent has been targeting pit bulls specifically for sometime, but without support.

A few months ago a petition was submitted to the Board concerning the presence of pit bulls in the community.  Again no action was taken by the City.

According to City Attorney Sarah O’Reilly-Evans the matter is now under review.  A report of other breed specific actions in neighboring MS cities is being compiled to submit to the Board for their review.

As was originally reported below in 2010, Board meetings are held the second and fourth Monday each month at 2:00 P.M.  at eh Yazoo city Police Department in the board room.  We encourage those that are in the area to attend the meetings.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Yazoo City Officials via USPS to:

City Hall
128 East Jefferson Street
Yazoo City, MS  39194

You may contact Mayor McArthur Straughter by telephone:  662-746-3211
Fax:  662-746-6506
ycmayor@yazoocityms.us

City Clerk Shirley Knight
sknight@yazoocityms.us

City Attorney Sarah O’Reilly-Evans
oevanslaw@gmail.com

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Alderman Aubrey Brent says “everyone knows” that pit bulls’ jaws lock.

City Hall, 128 East Jefferson Street, Yazoo City, MS  39194
Telephone:  662-746-3211
Fax:  662-746-6506
ycmayor@cableone.net
(The city website does not appear to reflect the most recent Aldermen.)

Board meetings are held the second and fourth Monday each month at 2:00 p.m.  They will take place at the Yazoo City Police Department in the board room.

Yazoo City Aldermen Differ on Pit Bull Ban

Reported by: Dustin Barnes
Email: dustinbarnes@jxntv.com
Last Update: 11/17 5:42 pm

[…] That’s why he [Alderman Aubrey Brent] would like a ban on them.[…]

“Everyone knows that when a pit bites down on you, his jaws are made in such a way as to they lock,” said Brent.[…]

No word yet on when — or even if — aldermen will pass a ban.

Full article retrieved 11/23/10 from http://www.my601.com/news/local/story/Yazoo-City-pit-bulls/244UoU-d_0mF_mYlne73ZQ.cspx

Tupelo, MS: Council declines to vote on BSL

Tupelo, MS, already has BSL for “pit bull” owners. Over the last six months, they’ve considered various changes to their dog law, all of which included BSL. Council was set to vote on the proposal on May 1, but ultimately did not.

This leaves in place all of Tupelo’s current animal ordinances—which INCLUDES current BSL for “pit bulls.” You can read Tupelo’s current animal ordinances here.

We do not know when or if the council will bring the ordinance revisions back up for consideration. We would appreciate the help of locals to keep an eye on this issue.

Contact info for city officials: City Hall, 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802-1485 662-841-6513

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No vote on dangerous dog ordinance

Print Story Published: 5/01 7:37 pm

TUPLEO, Miss. (WTVA) — The Tupelo City Council was asked Tuesday evening to consider passing a law that would target pit bulls.

But, the council decided to pass on taking up the proposal altogether.

Full article retrieved 5/2/12 from http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/No-vote-on-dangerous-dog-ordinance/FfBPFnB77k2HjYd4N_Wy5g.cspx

Tupelo, MS: BSL will be voted on, May 1

Tupelo, MS, is revising their animal control ordinances. They already had BSL for “pit bulls” and had considered adding German Shepherds, Rottweilers, and Dobermans to the list of “dangerous breeds.”

The additional breeds have now been dropped, but “pit bulls” remain named in the new ordinances as automatically “dangerous” dogs. Appallingly, the BSL against “pit bull” owners has the support of the Tupelo-Lee Humane Society director Debbie Hood.

City officials will vote on the proposed ordinance during their meeting on May 1 at  at 6:00 PM at City Hall, 71 East Troy Street.

Contact info for city officials: City Hall, 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804 Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802-1485 662-841-6513

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All alerts for Tupelo: http://stopbsl.com/?s=tupelo

Tupelo looks to strengthen rules on pets

by Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – […] Animals are deemed dangerous when, unprovoked, they threaten or attack a person or another pet; if they’re owned or trained primarily for fighting; or if they’re a pure or mixed-breed pit bull.

The definition hasn’t changed from the existing ordinance. But, unlike at least one previous proposal, this one omits the automatic classification of Rottweilers, German Shepherds and Doberman Pinschers as dangerous.

Some animal advocates, including veterinarian Stephen King, had argued against singling out specific breeds, saying it unfairly penalizes responsible pet owners. Others, like Ward 5 Councilman Jonny Davis, had lobbied for it because of the breeds’ size and strength and the damage they could cause.

Both Davis and King renewed their positions Tuesday, as did Ward 3 Councilman Jim Newell, who argued extensively against leaving pit bulls in the ordinance. He wanted no mention of breeds whatsoever. […]

Prior to the meeting, Tupelo-Lee Humane Society Director Debbie Hood said she opposes most breed-specific legislation but approves the inclusion of pit bulls in the ordinance. […]

Full article retrieved 4/29/12 from http://www.nems360.com/view/full_story/18348750/article-Tupelo-looks-to-strengthen-rules-on-pets?instance=lead_story_left_column

Tupelo, MS update: Council may vote on BSL, May 1

Many thanks to Jodi for this update!
http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2012/04/18/amendment-to-dangerous-dog-ordinance-moves-forward-tupelo-ms/

Last night, the Tupelo, MS city council discussed amending its dangerous dog ordinance to add rottweilers and dobermans to the list of “dangerous dogs.” Because the issue was on the study agenda, no vote was taken. However, the city clerk has confirmed that the council did move the issue forward, and it will be placed on the action agenda for the May 1, 2012 city council meeting. Items on the action agenda are up for vote by the council.

The City of Tupelo already has regulations in place for “pit bulls” which include licensing, registering and securing permits. Owners of “pit bulls” must also post signage and meet confinement restrictions.

Please contact the Tupelo city officials with your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation. Its important to remember in all your interactions with any city official that you are representing responsible dog owners as a whole, and that negative communications can and will reflect very poorly on the very people you are trying to help.

Contact info for city officials:
City Hall, 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802-1485
662-841-6513

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Jack.Reed@tupeloms.gov; markel.whittington@comcast.net; rfred@sguard.net; jimwnewell@comcast.net; nettiedavisward4@bellsouth.net; jstuartdavis@yahoo.com; mike.bryan@comcast.net; wljennings@yahoo.com

All alerts for Tupelo: http://stopbsl.com/?s=tupelo