Thanks to Jodi for bringing this into the spotlight.
Carthage has no leash law. This quote from the city attorney, Alan Rhea, boggles the mind: “By putting in the ban on the specific breeds,” the attorney said, “you eliminate having to prove the dogs are dangerous.”
Contact city officials and attorney:
City Hall, 212 Main Street, Carthage, MS 39051
Mayor Jimmy Wallace
Larwin Atkison, Ward 1
David Cockroft, Ward 2
Terry Jones, Ward 3
David Herrington, Ward 4
City Attorney: Nettles and Rhea Attorneys at Law, (601) 267-8404
Ban on pit bulls kicks in, enforcement urged
“Today’s the day,” [Mayor Wallace] told aldermen. “If there’s anybody with this breed of dog on their property, we’re now able to go in there and get it.”
The ordinance applies to pit bulls and pit bull mixes.
Article retrieved 5/12/2010 from http://media.iadsnetwork.com/contentitempdf/pdfs/140000/140738.pdf
Aldermen also adopted an ordinance to ban certain breeds of dogs in the city.
[…]The initial list included American pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Rottweilers and any half breed canines from the list.
The ordinance would take effect 30 days after publication and would include no “grandfather” provisions, Rhea said.
Alderman David Herrington moved that Rottweilers be removed from the list, pending further study, but otherwise there was no opposition to the amendment to the ordinance.
Article retrieved on April 8, 2010 from: http://media.iadsnetwork.com/contentitempdf/pdfs/130000/130178.pdf
Read the whole ordinance here: http://media.iadsnetwork.com/contentitempdf/pdfs/130000/130181.pdf