Thanks to Jodi for this alert! Some changes have been made to the ordinance since this article was published, including the definition of “dangerous dog,” but it is not clear what those changes are.
The city of Eupora, Mississippi is currently considering an extremely vague ordinance that would affect:
1. Pit Bulls
4. Chow Chows
6. Any type or breed of “guard dog” (a/k/a German Shepherds, Belgian Malinois, etc.); and
7. Wolf hybrids
The Board of Aldermen must hold a hearing and take a second vote before this ordinance takes effect.
Please take a moment to send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters of opposition to the Eupora city officials. Please be sure to stress the difficulty of enforcement and the potential liability the town could expose itself to with a law that relies so heavily on the subjective opinion of the officials charged with determining the breed and apparently the purpose of a dog. Please also send them viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration.
Eupora does not have a website, and I am unable to find e-mail contact information for anyone there. If someone could get me a fax number for the city clerk, it would be much appreciated.
Bless the Bullys
Contact Info for Eupora, MS
390 West Clark Avenue, Eupora, MS 39744
City Hall: (662) 258 -2291
Public Hearing Date on April 5, at 5 PM
Board adopts new dog control law
by By Russell Hood
03.11.10 – 05:16 pm
A proposed city ordinance that, in part, addresses the confinement of dangerous dogs awaits final approval following publication and a hearing.
[…] These are highlights of the proposed ordinance, which also includes the aforementioned collaring regulations:
Pit bull dogs, Rottweilers, Dobermans, chows, Dalmatians or wolf hybrids and any type or breed of dog used a guard or attack dog over the age of 6 months will be considered “prime facie” as dangerous dogs. This doesn’t include police dogs used to assist law enforcement or a non-guard dog attempting to prevent a trespassing or other criminal offense on someone’s property.
Owners or keepers of any dangerous dog must be at least 21, not permit them to run at large and keep them in a proper enclosure (no more than two at any single dwelling).
[…] When unconfined, the dogs must be restrained by a leash and muzzled. No dangerous dog may be walked or exercised within 50 feet of any public school grounds, nor enter any school grounds, public event, parade, public or municipal park.
It will be unlawful for anyone in the city to own, keep or harbor a dangerous dog unless it is registered, and proof must be provided by a veterinarian that it has been neutered or spayed, and has had anti-rabies vaccination within the preceding year.
The city clerk’s office will issue a certificate of registration to the owner of a dangerous dog for one year after payment of a $50 fee per dog. A photograph and police officer’s on-site investigation and testimony to the clerk’s office that a proper enclosure is confining the dog will also be required.
Additionally, a surety bond or a policy of liability insurance of at least $50,000 per dangerous dog insuring the owner for any personal injuries inflicted by the dog will be necessary.
Article retrieved 4/1/10 from http://www.websterprogresstimes.com/printer_friendly/6671570