The St. Mary Board of Aldermen will work on revising the city’s animal control ordinance following an incident last month in which one dog attacked another dog, which resulted in the death of a Pomeranian.
Greg Elder, owner of the Pomerian, made a presentation to the board during the public forum, asking the aldermen to consider a ban on pit bulls in the city.
“Every one in 14 days there’s a dog attack in the United States,” Elder told the board. “Of those dog attacks, 64 percent are pit bulls. There’s plenty of nice pit bulls out there. ... I think it’s easy to train a dog to be bad.”
On September 15, a PIT BULL got loose from its property and went on the property of Elder’s father and attacked the Pomeranian. The Pomeranian was taken to a vet and ultimately euthanized.
The owner of the pit bull appeared in municipal court on September 29. The city presented three options for the owners of the dog — to put the dog down, to erect an 8-foot privacy fence or to have the dog put into the care of another person capable of handling it. City clerk David Woods said someone present at city court offered to assist in the third solution to find the dog a new home.
“I wouldn’t necessarily want anybody that has a pit bull here to have to take it away from them,” Elder said, “but I just don’t see the sense of allowing pit bulls in the city when they have proven to be so dangerous.”
The board had on its agenda for later in the meeting to discuss Ordinance 613 but the discussion was brief as aldermen wished to review the four-page ordinance.
Alderman Paul Franklin, who oversees animal control for the city, said he had given the issue much thought. He had attended the court proceedings the previous month.
“It was heart-wrenching; it really was,” Franklin said. “What I want to do — I’ve read the ordinance we have here now and that has to be amended. This isn’t good.
“Hopefully, we can come up with something where this tragedy won’t happen again,” Franklin continued. “Can I guarantee it? No. But hopefully, we can put so much pressure that people are going to think. ... We’re going to try to see to it that this doesn’t happen again.”
See more coverage of the St. Mary Board of Aldermen in the October 14 edition of the Herald.
WIKIPEDIA: St. Mary (Ste. Marie, with French spelling) is a city in Ste. Genevieve County, Missouri, United States. The population was 360 at the 2010 census.