Jacksonville, AR BSL

    • Gold Top Dog

    Jacksonville, AR BSL

    Apologies if this is a repeat....grrr...irate doesn't begin to cover it!
    Leader staff writer

    Time has run out for pit bulls in Jacksonville.

    The ordinance banning the breed had a 30-day grace period to allow pit bull
    owners in the city to register, microchip and spay or neuter their dogs and
    that grace period expired Tuesday.

    Any unregistered pit bull will now be forced to leave the city or be
    euthanized. The ordinance bans all pit bulls, most bulldogs or any mixed
    breed that is predominantly pit bull.

    Banned dogs already in the city will be allowed to stay if the owner can
    show proof that the animal was licensed before the new ordinance going into
    effect, has proof of rabies vaccination and the owner is at least 21-and
    then has the dog spayed or neutered, registered and has a licensed
    veterinarian implant a computer chip into the animal for identification and
    to help track the pit bull.

    Also, the only time a pit bull or bulldog may be brought into the city is
    for the purpose of veterinary care, special-event dog shows sanctioned by
    the city or for use by law enforcement or military personnel as part of
    their duties, according to the ordinance.

    The cost to neuter or spay and microchip a pit bull runs about $300,
    according to local veterinarians who have been swamped with pit bull owners
    trying to comply with the new ordinance. Dr. Craig Boyd, of Boyd Veterinary
    Clinic, has seen more pit bulls recently than he usually sees in a year.

    Cassandra Kenney, with Dr. Tom Eubanks' practice, said they have been seeing
    about four pit bulls a day since the ordinance became law and that number
    has increased lately. "Most of the owners are understanding about the new
    ordinance. The ones most upset are the owners who have just moved here,"
    Kenney said.

    An employee at Dr. Lee Misak's Jacksonville Animal Hospital said they have
    been swamped with pit bull appointments and that most owners were complying,
    but not happy about the requirements.

    Cheryl Wood, with the Animal Control Department, said if an unregistered pit
    bull is picked up, the owner will have to pay a $100 fine, have the dog
    spayed or neutered, micro-chipped and still move it out of town.

    If a registered pit bull is caught running loose or involved in an attack,
    the owner will have to pay a $100 fine and move the dog out of the city.

    If the owner does not claim the pit bull or the owner refuses to comply with
    the requirements, the dog will be euthanized.

    Animal control officers have already seen an increase of loose pit bulls and
    had five in the shelter Tuesday.

    "We fear some owners are just letting them loose so they don't have to deal
    with the new ordinance," Wood said.

    For details about the ban or questions about registering a pit bull, call
    animal control at 982-2916.

    • Gold Top Dog
    Yup, Little rock is the ONLY city in the entire COUNTY without a ban. (Jacksonville was the last city left but their ban just went into effect)

    And they are getting ready to crack down on pit bull owners. I dont even want to go into it right now, I am still fuming from last night. LR will not have a ban but will have very harsh restrictoins that most people can not or will not meet.
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