Fultondale approves dog ban
By Adam Smith
The North Jefferson News
The Fultondale City Council Friday approved an ordinance to ban what it considers dangerous dogs from the city.
The council has been considering the ordinance for some time, first bringing it to the table almost a year ago.
Fultondale Mayor Jim Lowery said he and the council wanted to examine the ordinances from other cities to create a bill that would work for Fultondale.
“We feel like we’ve taken the best out of those different ordinances and put them together for the protection of our neighborhoods,” he said. “As the population has increased, the problem with the nuisance from these animals has also increased.”
The ordinance defines a dangerous dog as any aggressive dog that could pose a danger to human life or property or chases or approaches a person “in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack on public or private property.”
The ordinance in particular singles out any breed of pit bull, including the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier or any dog that has an element of those breeds.
As of Friday, it is now unlawful for any resident within the city limits to bring a pit bull or any other dangerous dog into the city. Those who currently own the dogs must register the dog with the city for a fee of $50. Any puppies born to what the city considers dangerous dogs must also be removed from the city six weeks after birth.
Violators of the ordinance can be fined up to $500, lose ownership of their dog and face the possibility of jail time. Lowery said residents may pick up a full copy of the ordinance at Fultondale City Hall.
“We need to make sure our citizens are safe,” said Fultondale City Council Greg Morris. “I’m not for a lot of additional regulations concerning people and their pets, but this is one of those that has to be passed.”
In addition to passing the dangerous dog ordinance, the council passed an amendment to the city’s existing leash law that will give residents more freedom to walk dogs in city parks, as long as the animals are leashed, don’t pose a threat to other residents and if owners clean up animal waste.
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