Wednesday, July 22, 2015

HOMEWOOD AL - THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE LISTENED AS HPD LT. ROSS AND AC OFFICER HURST PRESENTED THEIR RESEARCH AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON AGGRESSIVE DOG ORDINANCES AFTER MANY INCIDENCES OF LOOSE DOGS ATTACKING PEOPLE AND PETS

At its July 20 meeting, the public safety committee heard from animal control officer Robbie Bagby Hurst and Lt. Ross about the possibility of new ordinances for aggressive dogs. Hurst and Ross brought research about ordinances in other area cities, as well as recent dog attack incidents in Homewood.
While other Over the Mountain communities do not have any ordinances about specific dog breeds, Ross said they are a growing nationwide trend. Some cities ban aggressive breeds outright or require owners to register their dogs with the city. Other municipalities have housing restrictions, such as keeping these breeds indoors or within specific fencing types, carrying extra insurance for their ownership or using a leash or muzzle when walking their dogs.
Currently, Homewood ordinances state that owners of violent animals can be subject to a fine of up to $500 and up to 190 days in jail.
There have been several incidents in the past six months of loose dogs attacking people and pets in the city, Hurst said. Ross noted that police have had to use deadly force on attacking animals at least eight times in the past four years.
One of those occurred July 3 in the Parkside Circle area. A woman was attacked by loose pit bulls and the responding officer shot one of the animals. The second is still in city custody and displaying aggression, Hurst said. The owner was uncooperative and was arrested, awaiting trial July 28.
"I can attest to you that they can lock down on you and they don't let go because I've been a victim of it on the job in the '80's," Hurst said."
She said an attack happened on July 6 and another earlier this week, though deadly force was not required in either instance. Hurst has seen dogs running loose in the evenings and weekends while she is off-duty.
Hurst said she supports an ordinance similar to the city of Gadsden, prohibiting tethering of aggressive breeds and regulating fencing types. She thinks these changes, with the possible addition of permit requirements for owners of these breeds, would reduce the number of calls she gets.
“My concern here is public safety," Hurst said. "There’s a lot of people that get out and walk their pets on a leash and they’re very responsible. And of course safety for myself and other officers.”
Other changes she mentioned included muzzle requirements and fines for violation of the new ordinance. Ward 1 Representative Michael Hallman suggested a limit on the number of aggrressive dogs an individual can own.
Ward 3 Representative Patrick McClusky said the committee members will consider and continue to discuss the issue, and there will be opportunities for public input before an ordinance is approved. He also said a decision will not be made at the next council meeting.

http://thehomewoodstar.com/news/council-members-considering-regulations-on-vicious-dog-breed720/


Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "HOMEWOOD AL - THE PUBLIC SAFETY COMMITTEE LISTENED...": 

This is a huge step in the right direction. If they really want to stick it to people that are pro pit bull, don't allow them to have any input, unless they live in the community/county. 

I am so sick of the traveling insane nutter circus that comes to town when a serious pit bull incident occurs, and they override members of the community with their blather. I've seen it happen firsthand, and it is infuriating. 

You don't live in the community? You don't get a say, a voice, a choice, a vote. Go away. 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a huge step in the right direction. If they really want to stick it to people that are pro pit bull, don't allow them to have any input, unless they live in the community/county.

I am so sick of the traveling insane nutter circus that comes to town when a serious pit bull incident occurs, and they override members of the community with their blather. I've seen it happen firsthand, and it is infuriating.

You don't live in the community? You don't get a say, a voice, a choice, a vote. Go away.

scurrilous amateur blogger said...

"You don't live in the community? You don't get a say, a voice, a choice, a vote. Go away."

that's too logical.