Aberdeen, MS: Concerned Aberdeen residents hope to see a ban on pit bulls

A small (but apparently motivated) group of residents in Aberdeen, Mississippi, is lobbying their city and county officials to ban Pit Bulls.  So far, legislative action has been postponed until an unspecified time in October 2009.

City Contact Info:
THE CITY OF ABERDEEN, 125 W. Commerce St., Aberdeen, Mississippi 39730
1-662-369-8588
jbenson@ci.aberdeen.ms.us

Aberdeen City Officials Contact Info:

Mayor Jim Ballard
662-369-4165
amayor@ci.aberdeen.ms.us

Ward 1: Alonzo Sykes
1113 Elk Circle, Aberdeen, MS 39730
1-662-369-7524

Ward 2: Cloyd Garth
310 S. James St., Aberdeen, MS 39730
1-662-369-5734

Ward 3: David Ewing
P. O. Box 1095, Aberdeen, MS 39730
1-662-369-9150

Ward 4: Randy Nichols
P. O. Box 1161, Aberdeen, MS 39730
1-662-369-3352

Ward 5: John Allen
1006 W. Commerce St., Aberdeen, MS 39730
1-662-369-4683

Law Office of Robert Faulks, City Attorney
408 Highway 145 North, Aberdeen, MS 39730
(662)369-8099

Monroe County Officials Contact Info:

Monroe County Board of Supervisors, P. O. Box 578, Aberdeen, MS 39730

District One: RANDLE GRAY
60182 Hatley Detroit Road, Amory, MS 38821
662-256-3107

District Two: BILLY KIRKPATRICK
52259 Highway 25 S., Amory, MS 38821
662-256-7744

District Three: BRUCE WEST

District Four: FULTON WARE

District Five: SYKES LAGRONE
30015 Central Grove Road, Nettleton, MS 38858
662-257-6035

County Attorney John Creekmore
P.O. Box 716, Amory, MS 38821
(662) 256-8208 Phone
(662) 257-0306 Fax

Concerned Aberdeen residents hope to see a ban on pit bulls

October 2, 2009

by Jeff Clark/Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – Concerned residents in the Meadowlane neighborhood have taken their issue to both city and Monroe County officials – the issue of banning pit bulldogs (American Pit Bull Terriers) in the City of Aberdeen.

[…] Young and his group first approached the Aberdeen Board of Aldermen on the issue during the September 2 meeting. It was tabled until the following meeting. At the September 16 meeting, Young and other once again brought the notion of banning pit bulls in Aberdeen before the board. The board tabled the measure at the request of city attorney Robert Faulks until October.

[…] Monroe County Board of Supervisors President Randle Gray said the county would also have board attorney John Creekmore address the issue.[…]

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6 responses to “Aberdeen, MS: Concerned Aberdeen residents hope to see a ban on pit bulls

  1. i have two pit bulls and two children 3 and 1 and my dogs have never ever ever shown any aggression towards anyone in my family, they were raised correctly and with love. All animals have the potential to be destructive if raised to be. Pit bulls just happen to be popular and used more often by individuals with low morals. If you wanted to stop pit bulls from being that way, maybe you should license pit bulls not ban them. Then the wrong people wouldn’t be able to have one without a license and you would be able to hold the owner more accountable for animal cruelty.

  2. Yes, Pit Bulls can be extremely vicious and dangerous as with any animal OR person if trained/raised to be. I agree with the young lady above as I have had three and have not experienced any potential dangers with any of them, nor has anyone in my family. I agree that they should be licensed not banned; anyone that misuses or abuses one should be fined or jailed. I think the city of Aberdeen has more valued concerns to discuss such as economic development and growth rather than “Potential Pit Bull Terror”. Question, has there been any REAL” issues with these dogs or are people simply watching too much news and basing their opinion off of ” worldwide” case by case issues?

  3. Pitbulldogs can never be banned heres why……
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    IT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL TO DISCRIMINATE AGAINST CITIZENS WHO OWN PARTICULER BREEDS OF DOGS ..IF THERE IS A BAN AGAINST ONE BREED THE LAW MUST APPLY TO ALL BREEDS BECAUSE IT AFFECTS THE CITIZENS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR OWNING A PARTICULER BREED (IE OREGON STATE )..THEY HAD TO MAKE THEIR BITE LAWS ALL INCLUSIVE FOR ALL BREEDS BECAUSE OF THE UNCONSTITUTIONALITY OF BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION THAT AFFECTED CITIZENS RIGHT TO NOT BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST FOR OWNING A PARTICULER BREED…THE BREEDS , DOGS THEMSELVES HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS IT IS THE CITIZEN THAT DOES… AND ALL BREED SPECIFIC LEGISLATION CAN BE FOUGHT AND WON BECAUSE OF THE INDIVIDUAL CITIZENS CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST…AS A PITBULL OWNER OR OWNER OF ANY BREED “DON’T FORGET THIS” AND THE ACLU WILL HELP BASED ON THIS…..IT WAS DONE IN OREGON AND CAN BE DONE EVERYWHERE SO LONG AS YOU FIGHT FOR (YOUR RIGHT ) NOT TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST, NOT THE (BREEDS RIGHT) THE BREEDS HAVE NO CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS…UNDERSTAND? I HOPE SO.. INDEPENDENT DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION,AMERICAN DOG BREEDERS ASSOCIATION …
    PEACE MANDY

  4. Vanessa Turnquist

    I DISLIKE THE IDEA OF PEOPLE SAYING IT IS THE PITBULL WHO ARE BAD. look at your self people, don’t say a pitbull should just be put down because of what they are. IF you look back at vick micheals pits that he had, the shelter that took them in trainned them to be better and be loved. Shelters should not have the right to put a pit down, they should be sent to another shelter if they can not be held there. I saved a pit and she is the most loveable dog in the world. My cat attacked her because she was being nosie and we went to check the cat to see if it was fine and there was nothing but slobber. All these dogs want is a good home and love. I agree with every one above me about that in every good dog is a good human and every bad dog is a bad human.

  5. Cindy House

    you know i always here how pit bulls are not allowed to be adopted out in shelters or they have to be pinned up with lids on cages and how dangerous they are to the public..you know people its time for this world to wake the hell up and relizse any canine can be dangerous…instead of downing the breed maybe yall should be teaching these wana be breeders how to be responsible breeders..people dont take the time that is needed to be spent with there animals and making sure the puppys that are being born are going into a safe enviorment…its all about making the money…PEOPLE are what makes them the way they are..i care for many rescues everyday that people told me i needed to have them put down but you know what i took the time they needed and showed them love..pits have the right to live just like everyother breed…if you want an honest answer maybe some of the people that has gave this breed such a bad name alt to be put away for ever…i hope everyone against the breed that can go to bed at night knowing you took a life because of the breed cant sleep because come your judgement day u will be asked y you took one of his creatures and then what will you say…stop and think something causes a dog to get mad,they dont get that way because they were born that way..if someone gets mad bc of my thoughts owell truth hurts..i feel animals should have more rights.but some of yall have never took the time to imagine how that animal is feeling..id rather be with pits everyday than most people i know!!!!!!!!

  6. Linda Biloni

    First I want to say Kudos to Cindy House and the others that have spoken up here.

    Being familiar with dogs, and several pit bulls, I want to say this proposal is based on ignorance..the best solution I see offered is to license the owners of these dogs, it is the owner, not the breed responsible for their actions. If the dog poses a threat, then obviously it doesn’t have the socialization skills it should have and it’s not kept within it’s home area..responsibilities of the owner.

    I would like also like to add, I have a friend that was interested in a dog from the Aberdeen Shelter, she saw it on Petfinders, for 3 days she has tried to contact them, only to get a answering machine..thats a shame.

    Virginia, if the pit bulls ended up in the shelter, they obviously weren’t owned by responsible owners were they? Are you saying that the only vicious and hard to handle dogs you encounter at the shelter are pit bulls?