West Memphis Considers Dog Ordinance

(West Memphis, AR) In a report on dog bites in West Memphis presented to the city council last week, pit bulls didn’t fare too well.

Animal Control Commission member and Councilman Tracy Catt presented the report that showed pit bulls were responsible for 57% of the city’s 28 dog bites last year.

Of the 16 pit bull bites reported, 31% of the bite victims were children 14 and under.

Thirteen of those pit bull bites happened at the dog’s house, while the dog was under the supervision of the owner.

Catt told News Channel 3 by phone that the report is the reason behind a coming ordinance, although he did not elaborate on the ordinance specifics.

Residents in West Memphis are anxious to know how the new ordinance will impact dog owners.

“I don’t think it should be an ordinance for just pit bulls. Any vicious dog that is running up and down the road,” said Lucious Dawson.

“All dogs do bite you know, so I guess it’s the way the owners bring them up,” said resident Joyce Washington.

The West Memphis City Council will meet next on March 21, 2013.

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