Thursday, January 20, 2011

GURLEY AL- PASSES NEW ANIMAL ORDINANCE IN 2005 - "WE CAN SLEEP WELL KNOWING WE HAVE TAKEN A PROACTIVE STAND"

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

http://www.whnt.com/whnt-townpassesnewanimalordina-3327379,0,4216301.story

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