Apr 29, 2009 - A Russellville Al woman who does not want to be identified was in her back yard near her pond feeding her fish when the PIT BULL broke through the wooden fence and knocked her into her pond. "We struggled and it grabbed a hold of my backside and I am black and blue all over," she said. Neighbors heard her screaming and ran over to help her fight the dog off. She says vicious dogs have been a problem in the area for years. Dogs are just left out to roam and she is scared to death and worries about the safety of her son and other children. She wants the city to crack down on the dog ordinance.
Russellville Police Chief Chris Hargett says that they've had more than normal dog complaints come in the last few weeks and it's a growing concern. He says the City Attorney is in the process of writing a new ordinance. We've got sample ordinances from other cities trying to see what they have done. Then we are going to try to make ours as stiff as theirs. Under the current ordinance, there has to be a vicious act before the compliance officer can cite the owner and require the dog to be secured.