Dangerous Dog Ordinance

By Dave Jordan

Pitt County Animal Control officials tell me the dangerous dog ordinance that has been on the books for a little over a year has given them the necessary tools to do their jobs and keep citizens safe.

The ordinance allows them to decide whether a dog is dangerous...based on several criteria.  Owners can appeal the decision to a dangerous dog board.  So far this year there have been 30 complaints with nine dogs being declared dangerous.  State lawmakers are now considering similar legislation.

One of the most interisting pieces of information I came across while looking into dangerous dogs is a finding from the Centers for Disease Control.  It says the number one way to prevent dog bites is owner education.

What do you think about dangerous dogs laws? 

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  • by Anna Location: New Bern on Aug 4, 2008 at 06:47 PM
    Irresponsible owners are the ones who NEVER think their dog is a problem. I have had now the 4th conversation with my neighbor about her dog. It is aggressive, not leashed and charges out barking bearing teeth randomly. Luckily no one has been bit YET.. YET being the operative word.. I have three young children who need to walk down the road. I feel like a prisoner in my own neighborhood because of the neighborbors dog. YET.. because no one has been bitten YET there is nothing I can do but document the conversations and hope WHEN someone is bit that it is not life scarring AND then show documention to the legal system and then go thru whole litiginous battle over something that could have been prevented IF this owner would just be responsible and keep her dog leashed and/or on her own property and unable to have contact with people passing by. We always have to wait until something bad happens to do something.. why? Where are my rights?
  • by brittany Location: near Memphis, TN on Apr 23, 2008 at 10:29 AM
    I live in a small town outside of Memphis and we have the Pitbull ordinance. They have to be in a kennel, muzzeled, they can't be taken out of the kennel unless they are going to the vet and you must have a $100,000 liability insurance policy. Not letting your dog out of its cage is ANIMAL CRUELTY. I am glad they aren't going to take my dogs away but thats a little too far. I Refuse to muzzle my dogs. I will pay the $50 a day but they won't be muzzeled. My 4 pits have never bitten anyone and my chihuahuas are meaner than they are. All of my dogs love children and even when my oldest dog had puppies my neice who is 2 rolled all around my dog even though she had just had puppies. Kay never attempted to bite or growl at my neice. PUNISH THE DEED NOT THE BREED!
  • by pitt owner Location: gville on Apr 15, 2008 at 09:37 AM
    It's the way you raise them.
  • by Jen Location: Memphis on Apr 10, 2008 at 09:06 AM
    Is there a dangerous dog law in Cordova? My neighbors have a pit bull and MLGW won;t read my meter because they are afraid of the dog next door. If it gets out of the yard it will kill a child or adult.
  • by Gail Location: Robersonville on Apr 9, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    Everyone so far has had the same opinion but just said it in different ways. There was one opinion that I didn't agree with and that was having to get insurance on all dogs owned. I can't agree with that because I myself, financial wise would not be able to afford it. I have three lovely dogs and I wouldn't think it fair for anyone to say that "if you can't afford it than you shouldn't have dogs". I feel that would be a pretty ignorant answer. I don't believe in puppy mills, selling dogs on the side of the street and I do believe in taking the responsibility of fixing your animals. Check out New York! They have that law in place. They send dogs in pounds to New York for adoption. In regards to the pit & rot's. These animals were bred originally to be working dogs. Pit's were boar hunters to help feed the family and rot's were working dogs. Pulled carts that sort of thing. PEOPLE have stepped in and ruined that by creating the blood bath.
  • by Steven Canady Location: Edenton, NC on Apr 7, 2008 at 10:26 AM
    I applaud Pitt county for making an ordinance that targets irresponsible pet owners and not breeds. I wish the town of Edenton would take notice. They have an ordinance that bands 3 breeds only and mixes that had no justification, the breeds selected never had a bite problem in town???? Why? I have researched this and they have no legitamite answers. Officer Carrigan of the Highway patrol and his wife got stationed here. He lost about $1400 because the ordinance was not posted and the realtor was un aware. He had to move out of town, I guess he is not responsible enough to own his choice of dogs but can carry a gun and ask to put his life on the line for Edenton!!!! Where does the madness end? I use my nationally certified pit bull for search work, it would be a shame to not help someone out in Edenton to find there loved one would n't it? Steve Canady
  • by Dawn Location: Jax, NC on Apr 1, 2008 at 09:03 AM
    In Shelby County, TN they made it law that all dog owners, not just certain breed owners, but all dog owners had to have liability insurance for their dogs. If they came knocking or your dog bit someone and you didn't have the insurance you would be heavily fined. Right after this law passed we suddenly had a huge amount of strays running everywhere, and puppies were not sold on the roadside anymore. Just food for thought.
  • by Liz Location: Greenville on Mar 30, 2008 at 08:16 AM
    Regardless of the breeds, it has to do with taking care of the animal. My dog is 85 lbs and yes, he's a pitt. I bought him when he was 10 days old, now he's over 5 years old. He has never bitten a person, cats, or other dogs. It's how you train them and with lots of patience. If you don't have the patience.....then you don't need the animal!
  • by pj Location: nc on Mar 14, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    I'm not a thug, redneck, or mexican, but have 2 pit bulls, I am a single white female, and there are alot of crazy people out here now days so little protection does not hurt. Wake up you people who have something against pits or rotts. You cannot even go to Wal mart anymore without having someone trying to rob you or hurt you. My rat terrier would bite you before my pit would.
  • by Tim Location: Robersonville on Mar 4, 2008 at 11:38 PM
    Wow some of you people are so ridiculous its not even funny. Fortunately, I see some are on the right track. Breed has VERY LITTLE to do with it. I have owned many breeds over the years and the worst one was an Alaskan Malamute which I later learned come from a very neglectful and abusive owner. Currently we own a 2 y/o Pit and still have two teenagers in the house. She is very well mannered and has NEVER attempted to bite or even bark at any of us. Don't get me wrong though, if a stranger comes around she definitely lets her presence be known which is very normal. When it comes to the kids she is especially protective, I can playfuly "wrestle" with my daughter and our Pit is quick to seperate us but still doesnt attempt to bite me. I think there should be more concentration on punishing the owners who neglect/abuse these animals rather than trying to put down the so called "bad breeds"
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