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.
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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. […]
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