Category Archives: Mississippi

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

Email block for cut-and-paste
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

Tupelo, MS: BSL back under consideration, April 17

Tupelo is once again working on breed-specific revisions to their animal ordinance. Tupelo already has BSL for “pit bulls”; dogs with a “pit bull” appearance are categorized as “dangerous” dogs and have special ownership restrictions.

The proposed revisions to the dog ordinance add Rottweilers and Dobermans to the list of dangerous dogs. Other changes would include increasing the fee for “pit bull” registration and prohibiting dangerous dogs (including the aforementioned breeds) from being taken near a school.

Tupelo’s next council meeting is April 17 at 6:00 PM at City Hall, 71 East Troy Street. This issue is on the study agenda (item 8.3).

Locals and residents, please attend the council meeting to show your opposition to breed-specific laws. If you correspond with council members, please be respectful, informative, and persuasive. Show council the problems with BSL, suggest effective and beneficial breed-neutral alternatives, and ask them to repeal their breed-specific law.

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
Mayor Jack Reed Jr., Jack.Reed@tupeloms.gov
Markel Whittington, markel.whittington@comcast.net
Fred Pitts, rfred@sguard.net (in favor of BSL)
James (Jim) Newell, jimwnewell@comcast.net (opposes BSL)
Nettie Davis, nettiedavisward4@bellsouth.net
Jonny Davis, jstuartdavis@yahoo.com (in favor of BSL)
Mike Bryan, mike.bryan@comcast.net
Willie Jennings, wljennings@yahoo.com

Email block for cut-and-paste
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

Dangerous animal ordinance in Tupelo being reviewed

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
Email: whereford@wtva.com
Last Update: 4/13 10:56 pm

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA)- […] A specially-formed commmittee, including Tupelo city leaders, is proposing to amend the city’s current dangerous animal ordinance in several key ways.

One would be to require an annual permit fee of $80 a year for pitbull owners. […]

In the amended ordinance, city officials added rotweilers and dobermans to the list of dangerous animals.

[…] Committee members expect more changes to the proposal before any action is taken within the next thirty days.

Full article retrieved 4/15/12 from http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Dangerous-animal-ordinance-in-Tupelo-being/7nhgjS0DZkOEjlXLnpFA5g.cspx

Okolona, MS update: Draft ordinance is BSL

It’s been a few months since we heard anything from Okolona, but the city is moving forward with a vicious dog ordinance that contains breed-discriminatory language. They may vote on the ordinance in April.

Please contact city officials and respectfully explain why BSL is ineffective, unfair, and inhumane.

Contact info for city officials:
CITY OF OKOLONA, 215 West Main, P.O. Box 111, Okolona, MS 38860
662-447-5461 voice
662-447-3956 fax

Previous alerts for Okolona: http://stopbsl.com/?s=okolona

Ordinance draft tougher on pit bull owners

Reported by: Justin Lewis, jlewis@wtva.com
Last Update: 3/14 9:35 pm

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) — […] “Also specifically identifies pit bulls and their prodigy or anybody that’s a mixed pit bull, it covers them,” said Okolona city attorney Gene Barton. “They’re automatically declared to be vicious animals.”

It doesn’t ban them. It just requires a permit fee. It requires liability insurance.” […]

Okolona City Council will have another month before its next meeting when they are expected to vote on this proposed ordinance.

Full article retrieved 3/15/12 from http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Ordinance-draft-tougher-on-pit-bull-owners/98XR_IUnaEKy5qy9lplv4w.cspx

Okolona, MS reminder: Council may discuss or vote on BSL, Jan 17

Okolona, MS, is proposing breed-specific restrictions on “pit bulls.” The ordinance may be discussed or voted on during the council recess meeting on Tuesday, Jan 17, at 6 p.m. at the Okolona Auditorium (confirmed by city clerk). This meeting IS open to the public. Locals and residents are encouraged to attend and to voice your opposition to BSL.

Contact info for city officials:
CITY OF OKOLONA, 215 West Main, P.O. Box 111, Okolona, MS 38860
662-447-5461 voice
662-447-3956 fax
Okolona@midsouth.com (this email may not work–city clerk did not realize it existed)

All alerts for Okolona: http://stopbsl.com/?s=okolona

Okolona, MS: BSL proposed

Okolona, MS, is proposing breed-specific restrictions on “pit bulls.” The ordinance could be voted on as early as next week’s recess meeting. That meeting is set for Tuesday, Jan 17, at 6 p.m. at the Okolona Auditorium (confirmed by city clerk).

Contact info for city officials:
CITY OF OKOLONA, 215 West Main, P.O. Box 111, Okolona, MS 38860
662-447-5461 voice
662-447-3956 fax
Okolona@midsouth.com (this email may not work–city clerk did not realize it existed)

I have requested a copy of the proposal, but at this time I do not have any specifics other than what the below news article says. Okolona is a small town without a website, making this a difficult issue for me to track. If a local is able to keep me updated, I would appreciate it.

Animal control ordinance drawn up for city

Reported by: Justin Lewis, jlewis@wtva.com
Last Update: 1/10 10:22 pm

OKOLONA, Miss. (WTVA) — […] It’s now the City of Okolona’s turn to take a crack at adopting an ordinance against dogs that could harm you or your pets. […]

This proposed ordinance defines a “dangerous animal,” as a pitbull terrier or any Staffordshire bull terrier breed.

Now, the city is not looking to ban these dogs.

However, if you own one you’d be required to pay $150 a year for a permit that allows you to keep the animal within the city limits. […]

Full article retrieved 1/11/12 from http://www.wtva.com/news/local/story/Animal-control-ordinance-drawn-up-for-city/74Rgd8LdhEGhGLCvPFqF5Q.cspx

Tupelo, MS: BSL still under consideration

Last Tuesday’s work session regarding Tupelo’s proposed dangerous dog ordinance revisions brought some criticism, but some members of the city council aren’t giving up on BSL.

Tupelo already has BSL for “pit bulls”; dogs with a “pit bull” appearance are categorized as “dangerous” dogs and have special ownership restrictions on them. The proposed revisions to the dog ordinance add Rottweilers and Dobermans to the list of dangerous dogs.

Councilmembers Fred Pitts and Jonny Davis have stated that any ordinance revisions must continue to restrict “pit bulls” at a minimum. Councilman Jim Newell has previously stated that he opposes a breed-specific ordinance.

Tupelo’s next council meeting is December 20 at 6:00 PM at City Hall, 71 East Troy Street. On the agenda is a Citizen’s Hearing where a citizen will speak about the dog ordinance. We do not know what the citizen intends to say. The council does not plan to discuss the ordinance at this meeting, outside of the citizen’s hearing. The next discussion will probably take place in January.

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
Mayor Jack Reed Jr., Jack.Reed@tupeloms.gov
Markel Whittington, markel.whittington@comcast.net
Fred Pitts, rfred@sguard.net (in favor of BSL)
James (Jim) Newell, jimwnewell@comcast.net (opposes BSL)
Nettie Davis, nettiedavisward4@bellsouth.net
Jonny Davis, jstuartdavis@yahoo.com (in favor of BSL)
Mike Bryan, mike.bryan@comcast.net
Willie Jennings, wljennings@yahoo.com

Email block for cut-and-paste
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

Tupelo council discusses dangerous dogs

by The Associated Press
4 days ago

TUPELO — […] Being proposed is an ordinance that would go after pit bulls, Rottweilers and dobermans.

Council President Fred Pitts and Councilman Jonny Davis said any new law needs to include language addressing pit bulls. […]

Full article retrieved 12/18/11 from http://www.djournal.com/view/full_story/16777873/article-Tupelo-council-discusses-dangerous-dogs?

Tupelo, MS: Work session on proposed BSL (additional breeds), Dec 13

Tupelo already has BSL for “pit bull” owners. “Pit bulls” are automatically considered “dangerous animals” and are specially regulated. Tupelo is now considering adding breeds to their BSL. Rottweilers and Dobermans are the two most-recently named breeds; German Shepherds were mentioned in an earlier article.

Tupelo council will hold a work session to discuss the revisions to the dog ordinance on December 13 at 4:00 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
Mayor Jack Reed Jr., Jack.Reed@tupeloms.gov
Markel Whittington, markel.whittington@comcast.net
Fred Pitts, rfred@sguard.net
James (Jim) Newell, jimwnewell@comcast.net
Nettie Davis, nettiedavisward4@bellsouth.net
Jonny Davis, jstuartdavis@yahoo.com
Mike Bryan, mike.bryan@comcast.net
Willie Jennings, wljennings@yahoo.com

Email block for cut-and-paste
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

Tupelo looks at baggy pants, dangerous dogs

by Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – […] The second aims to strengthen Tupelo’s dangerous-dog ordinance by expanding its classification of risky pets from pit bulls to include rottweilers and dobermans. It requires those pet owners to register their dogs and pay an annual $80 fee – as opposed to the one-time $50 fee in the current ordinance. […] Other changes to the dangerous dog ordinance include a minimum ownership age of 21, a requirement to microchip and sterilize all dangerous dogs – as well as carry $100,000 liability insurance on them – and an increase in the minimum outside pen height from four feet to six.

There’s also a new line banning dangerous dogs from anywhere within 500 feet of a school, and all dangerous dogs must wear city-issued orange collars. […]

Full article retrieved 12/11/11 from http://www.djournal.com/view/full_story/16735946/article-Tupelo-looks-at-baggy-pants–dangerous-dogs?instance=home_news_1st_left