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County lawyer details vicious dog ordinance

Aberdeen (Drew Powell, WTVA)
Aberdeen (Drew Powell, WTVA)
Reported by: Jessica Albert
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Updated: 12/18/2013 3:38 pm
OXFORD, Miss. (WTVA) -- Lafayette County lawyer David O'Donnell said the county's new ordinance applies to all vicious animals, not just dogs.

He said there are two types of vicious animals: Those that are innately vicious, like tigers, lions and poisonous animals and those that just act viciously, like dogs.

An animal can only be considered vicious at the determination of a judge.

O'Donnell said the Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society will work with law enforcement to help control vicious animal situations.

He said if an animal is deemed vicious it will be required to be registered with the humane society and may also need to have insurance.

There are also fines and penalties in place for owners of vicious animals if an incident occurs. 
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