ABERDEEN, Miss. (WTVA) -- On Friday, a vicious dog ordinance went into affect in Monroe County.
Third District Supervisor Carol Crawford has spearheaded the effort for nearly two years.
"Last year, we had an incident where two of our deputies were attacked by a dog in north Monroe County," said Crawford.
And that's one of the reasons why Crawford is glad to see a new and improved vicious dog ordinance.
"We feel like there's a problem with both pets and people being attacked by dogs," Crawford continued.
Under the new ordiance, Monroe County residents can simply dial 9-1-1- for help if they feel threatened by a vicious dog.
"The officer will be dispatched, and will take care of the situation and assess the situation to decide if the animal should be picked up immediately," she said.
According to Crawford, in the past it took a court order to get a dog off the street.
But, this new ordinance gives deputies more latitiude in handling a situation where a perceived vicious dog is involved.
"The deputies will understand that they will either cause the dog to be confined. There'll be some penalty if it is not confined," said Crawford.
Crawford says she believes the new seven-page ordinance will be effective and could possibly be used as a model for other communites. .
Crawford says the board of supervisors has approved $40,000 dollars to be used for implementing the vicious dog ordinance.
Penalties could include as much as a six-month jail term, a $500 fine, or both.