Last week the West Memphis Arkansas City Council received a report that singled out pit bulls as the majority offender in bites for 2012. According to the report there were 28 reported bites and 16 belonged to what was deemed to be pit bulls. Of those 16 bites, 13 were reported to have taken place on the dog owners property. As with all dog bites, children under 14 were the most likely to be bit. They claim the dogs were under the control of the owners at the time of the incidents but do not specify what constitutes control. There is also no numbers given as to the general population of what they consider pit bulls, giving no base for statistical analysis.
Councilman Tracy Catt reported to Channel 3 News that this report “is the reason behind a coming ordinance, although he did not elaborate on the ordinance specifics.”
We have found out that they are in fact planning on banning pit bulls.
Please reach out respectfully to offer breed neutral alternatives. Enforcement of current dangerous dog laws, leash law enforcement and increased penalties for violations for ALL dog owners have proven to reduce the number of dog related incidents where ever they are being enforced. Though there is a directory on the city website none of the councilors appear to have any contact information available.
The next council meeting is March 21st. Though there is no date set for the ordinance to be introduced it would be beneficial for residents to attend this meeting, as well as any others, to voice their opposition to breed specific laws.