According to the telegram, and communications between StopBSL.org and City Officials, Worcester will drop requirements that pit bulls be licensed, registered and muzzled in public. Instead of the police chief ordering measures against problem dogs — restraint, removal from the city, or euthanasia — the city will have a complaint and hearing procedure.
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The Okolona Board of Mayor and Aldermen tweaked the city’s new animal ordinance earlier this month to change the number of dogs allowed on a single piece of property and inserted the word ‘nuisance’ instead.
Originally, the number of animals an owner had was the target of the ordinance, but according to Okolona Mayor Louise Floyd-Cole the amendment was made to better suit city concerns.
“Five dogs that are quiet and don’t cause problems are not a nuisance, but one dog that barks and is dangerous could be a nuisance. We just wanted an ordinance that addressed our concerns so police can deal with it.”
With the language of the new ordinance, police can write a ticket for any animal deemed a nuisance.
Chief of Police, Tommy Leff, said he welcomed the new law and felt pit bulls should be banned.
“We went to a house recently and there was a bulldog there that was about to eat our guy up,” said Lee. “If those dogs get loose and threaten our officers, we have no option but to shoot it and we don’t want that.”
Lakewood Pit Bull Registration Deadline Is December 6th
– City Hall, November 25, 2008
Lakewood residents are reminded that they must register their pit bull/canary dog with the City by December 6, 2008. In July, Lakewood City Council passed legislation banning pit bulls and canary dogs in the City. The law allows for Lakewood residents who already owned a pit bull/canary dog to keep their dog but requires that they register the dog with the Lakewood Animal Control Office. This registration must be completed by December 6, 2008.
To register a dog, owners must fill out a registration form and pay a $50 registration fee. Pit bull owners must also provide a current photograph of their dog, a copy of an insurance policy of not less than $100,000 and proof that their dog has been micro-chipped and spayed or neutered. Other terms, conditions and restrictions apply to the handling of dangerous animal in Lakewood. A full copy of the law is available on the City of Lakewood website at http://www.onelakewood.com.
Registration forms are available on the City of Lakewood website at http://www.onelakewood.com or can be obtained by calling the Lakewood Animal Shelter at (216) 529-5020. Lakewood dog owners who are unsure as to whether they need to register their dogs can contact the Lakewood Animal Shelter at (216) 529-5020 for assistance.
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For further information, please contact Captain Gary Stone of the Lakewood Police Department at (216) 529-6751.