Board to vote on proposed vicious dog ordinance

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Updated: 8/05/2013 7:53 pm
ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) - The Monroe County Board of Supervisors may approve a law this week, that would go into effect around 30 to 40 days from this Friday.

"These vicious dogs that are attacking people or attacking animals on other people's property, we're going to address that also," said Cecil Cantrell, Monroe County Sheriff.

The board is taking steps to curtail a problem with vicious dogs.

Supervisor Carol Crawford has proposed an ordinance that would allow law enforcement to write tickets or seize a dog if it's found to be vicious.

"Any dog can bite, any dog can cause a problem," adds Carol Crawford, third district supervisor. "It's just not a specific breed, and this is not a specific breed ordinance.  It has to deal with any dog that is creating a problem or is harming people or pets or their property."

Officials say once the vicious dog ordinance is passed and takes into effect, the estimated cost is about $40,000.

But the Monroe County supervisors say they feel very confident that they have worked out an agreement to be able to fund this ordinance on an annual basis.

"It gets to be expensive, but we've got to do it we've got to protect our citizens," adds Crawford. "We've got to have our citizens know that will protect them our law enforcement is going to protect them."

A Monroe County resident who owns a German Shepherd, says it comes down to the individual pet owner's responsibility.

He offers the following tips for people who own a breed of a dog that can be potentially vicious.

"Spend time with it really training them what you want them to do," adds Tommy Arnold, Monroe County resident.  "I spend a lot of time with him though everyday so he is not a vicious dog. He does just exactly what I tell them to do."

The board of supervisors is expected to vote on the vicious dog ordinance on Friday.

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