Wednesday, July 31, 2013
If owners of some breeds of dogs take the animals off of their property, they would not only have to be on a leash — as is the current law — but would also have to be muzzled.
That is a change in the law being proposed by Georgetown City Councilman Rudolph Bradley.
“I know from experience certain dogs are bred to be vicious,” Bradley said at the most recent City Council meeting.
He said his request for a change in the law was sparked by a woman he knows being attacked by a pit bull.
“All animals of that nature are territorial and they will attack. This law would protect citizens when they are walking,” Bradley said.
Councilman Clarence Smalls said he has also seen the viciousness of some of the dogs in the area.
“I had a woman run in my house the other day because of dogs. And one day I was scared to get out of my car. We have got to do something about these dogs,” he said.
Councilman Brendon Barber said the main problem is dogs that are bred for fighting.
“Once that switch is turned on you cannot turn it off,” Barber said, asking for input from Police Chief Paul Gardner on the problem of dog fighting in the city.
“If anyone has an address of where dogs are being trained [to fight] please let me know,” Gardner said. “This would be of big interest to our drug task force.”
Councilwoman Jeanette Ard asked how the law would be enforced, especially when tourists and other visitors bring their dogs with them to the city.
Bradley said when someone visits, they usually know the laws of the area.
“Ignorance of the law is no excuse,” he said, adding police will inform them of the law if anyone is seen in violation.
Councilman Paige Sawyer said the issue needs more study and discussion before any decisions are made.
The matter will be placed on an upcoming workshop agenda.
“We need to expedite this. You do not see what is going on. The city needs to be proactive,” Bradley said.
By Scott Harper
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