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Arkadelphia Siftings Herald - Arkadelphia, AR
  • Caddo Valley council talks pit bulls

  • After tabling an ordinance discussed in January's City Council meeting, aldermen tonight are expected to revisit a proposed law that would place restrictions on ownership of pit bulls and other breeds.
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  • CADDO VALLEY — After tabling an ordinance discussed in January's City Council meeting, aldermen tonight are expected to revisit a proposed law that would place restrictions on ownership of pit bulls and other breeds.
    The Caddo Valley City Council will meet Tuesday evening in City Hall to consider an ordinance concerning the ownership of pit bulls, a breed infamously known for being vicious and attacking humans.
    Aldermen will also review an ordinance dealing with at-large and nuisance dogs. Last month the council considered a newly written ordinance pertaining to nuisance dogs, but since that meeting city officials discovered there was already an ordinance passed in 2001 under then-Mayor Willard Thomason.
    That ordinance requires dog owners to keep their pets either in a confined, fenced-in area, inside or on a leash.
    But the ordinance dealing with pit bulls, modeled after the City of Arkadelphia's restrictions on the breed, is new to Caddo Valley.
    If passed, owners of pit bulls would be required to pay an annual registration fee, have the dog microchipped and keep them confined to a secure pen, among other restrictions that also would require the owner to be at least 21 years old.
    Outlined in the ordinance are fines for disobeying the law.
    The council will also consider the amount to pay a city dog catcher. Lecie Hill, administrative assistant, said the city's general maintenance employee currently is responsible for dog-catching responsibilities. The amount budgeted for this expense is $2,400.
    Also on the agenda is a speaker, Brian Jackson, who is expected to speak in favor of the pit bull ordinance. There are no other speakers listed on the agenda to speak either in favor of or against the restrictions.
    The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. and is open to the public.

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