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Old 04-29-2007, 02:56 AM   #1 (permalink)
 
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**ALERT** Manila, Arkansas

I honestly can't tell if a breed specific ordinance has passed or if the council is in agreement they a breed specific ordinance should be drafted.

At any rate, it appears that Manila has ONE animal control officer. Please write to the city officials and stress the difficulties in enforcing breed specific ordinances (as well as all the other problems with BSL). Contact information below article. ~ Jodi

Manila dog ordinance will ban pit bulls
By REVIS BLAYLOCK
Town Crier News Staff

Manila City council members discussed and agreed the city’s existing dog ordinance should be amended to be more specific on the definition of vicious dogs. City officials had briefly discussed the issue at the March meeting and took action at the meeting held Monday night, April 16.

City Attorney Wayne Wagner submitted a copy of an ordinance from a nearby town for city officials to review. He said he had researched ordinances around the state and some have grandfather clauses for restrictions for owners who already have pit bulls, others ban the breed altogether.

“I can write the ordinance any way you want me to but you need to be specific what you want,” Wagner said. “I need to know the wishes of the council. I need your feedback.”

Wagner went on to say the city had an ordinance, 159 (signed in 1990), defining vicious dogs as American Pit Bulls, Staffordshire Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers, but the ordinance was amended in 1997 and the breed name was taken out. The present ordinance, 200, does not name specific breeds.

Councilman Donnie Wagner asked if the pit is considered a vicious dog.

“The pit breed is considered a vicious dog,” Wagner said. “Some ordinances define a vicious dog only after it attacks.
We at Manila don’t want to wait until a child is bitten before action is taken.”

Attorney Wagner said ordinance 200 is a good ordinance it just needs to be tightened up.

Councilman Dwight Booth made a motion to have Wagner prepare an ordinance banning pit bull breeds and any other vicious dogs, giving owners one year to get rid of the pit bulls in town. Council members voted unanimously in favor of the motion. Booth also pointed out during this year, all requirements including the specific fencing regulations for vicious dogs in Ordinance 200 should be enforced.

Councilman LeRoy Douglas agreed the ordinance needed stronger language and pit bulls needed to be out of town. He also said he thought it should be brought to the people’s attention all dogs kept in the city limits have to be registered and have city tags.

Councilman Dean Cherry said he thought a year was too long.

After lengthy discussion, all council members voted to have Attorney Wagner amend Ordinance 200.

Mayor Veach pointed out the animal control officer has a very hard job.

“We all need to get familiar with these ordinances,” Veach said.

Veach thanked Steve Bowman, animal control officer, for being at the meeting.

“As long as you enforce the ordinance, we will be behind you,” Veach said.


http://www.thetown-crier.com/article...news/news2.txt



City Clerk
P.O. Box 895
MANILA, AR 72442
Phone: (870) 561-4437Fax: (870) 561-4438
City Officials
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Mayor Clifford Veach
City Clerk Susie Parker
Treasurer Susan Jackson
City Judge Shannon Langston
City Attorney Wayne Wagner
Police Chief Jackie Hill
Fire Chief Jerry Hitchcock
Director Of Public Works Henry Ford
Code Enforcement Officer Fred Burks
Councilmember Dwight Booth
Councilmember Dean Cherry
Councilmember Linda Donovan
Councilmember Leroy Douglas
Councilmember Donnie Wagner

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