A STANDUP MAN - A CHIEF OF POLICE THAT TAKES THE LEAD TO PROTECT THE PEOPLE HE SERVES----------
CHIEF - BENNY WOMACK
May 7, 2009- ALBERTVILLE'S POLICE CHIEF, BENNY WOMACK, STATES THAT PEOPLE SHOULD BE ABLE TO WALK THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD WITHOUT FEAR........
Womack presented a proposal for an ordinance to control dangerous animals to the city Council at Monday night's meeting. Although the city already had an ordinance on the books, this one is more specific. Womack stated that he has received a sizable amount of calls this past year regarding aggressive dogs threatening citizens. It has caused a number of citizens to be afraid to leave their homes or walk their streets:
"I looked at the Gadsden AL City Ordinance regarding all dangerous animals and came up with the ordinance I presented to the City Council. It defines what constitutes a dangerous animal. THE ORDINANCE WAS PRODUCED WITH THE BREED KNOWN AS THE PIT BULL IN MIND. IT AND SIMILAR BREEDS THAT PRESENT A MORE AGGRESSIVE BEHAVIOR TOWARDS PEOPLE AND OTHER ANIMALS. The law covers the manner in which animals are to be kept, the construction of pens and the requirement they meet all zoning and building codes. The law governs the display of proper warning signs to be provided by the police department. All owners of animals included in the ordinance must register and obtain a permit for the animals, provide 2 color photographs, and provide proof of a minimum $100,000 in liability insurance. A yearly application fee of $25, or $50 for a dog that hasn't been spayed or neutered, must be paid to cover the cost of processing the application and making the signs. The locations where the animal is kept will be subject to periodic inspection by the animal control officer. The ordinance applies to animals that have been declared aggressive or dangerous."
The ordinance was passed unanimously by the council and will take effect June 15, 2009.
(Originally published in the Sand Mountain Reporter)