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City leaders request law for vicious dogs
By KAREN NELSON
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PASCAGOULA --
Jackson County leaders have asked the county legal department to draft a law on vicious dogs in order to better protect people who live outside the county's four cities from the possibility of attacks by breeds like pit bulls.

Supervisor John McKay introduced the idea Monday, but said he had already been told by a county attorney that the law can not single out one specific breed of dog.

"I'd like to see us, before somebody gets hurt, have a vicious dog ordinance," McKay said while making his pitch to the rest of the board. "We need to let people know they can't have vicious dogs, and if they do, they can't be running the street."

Supervisor Manly Barton asked if it would be a law governing a criminal or civil action, and McKay said he didn't care how it was handled.

Supervisor Frank Leach said that enforcement is the key to success.

Supervisor Robert Norvel said the solution is to have an ordinance banning dogs altogether, the way cities ban farm animals, but other supervisors said that wouldn't fly.

McKay said that if there is any way, he'd like to ban pit bulls specifically, because they are often the breed responsible for vicious dog attacks.

"If we can do it, I'll make a motion: No pit bulls in Jackson County," McKay said. He also said he hoped that if the county drafts a proper ordinance, the cities may adopt it as well.

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Jackson County Board of Supervisors
P.O. Box 997
Pascagoula, MS 38568
[email protected] co.jackson. ms.us

County Administrator Alan Sudduth
[email protected] co.jackson. ms.us

Board Attorney Paula Yancy
Phone: 228-769-3371
Fax: 228-769-3119

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