Mayor Stan Simpson says, "We can sleep well at night as councilmen and women, knowing we've taken a proactive stand to make the community safer." Simpson says he's not prohibiting people from owning these animals, but preventing a tragic occurrence.
The mayor calls Gurley a bedroom community - an image he's trying to maintain - a town with a lot of kids and people out and about. Residents have raised concern about vicious dogs in town limits. He says, "the restraint process for vicious dogs, which is a rope or chain, isn't adequate enough to protect public interest." So the city adopted an ordinance that requires confinement for vicious animals.
A vicious animal is defined as:
*Any dog with a known tendency to attack unprovoked
*Any animal, because of its size that's capable of inflicting serious physical harm
*Any dog that has attacked before
*Any dog owned for the purpose of dog fighting
*And any pit bull terrier or any mixed pit bull breed