Monday, January 26, 2009
Fort Worth, TX- In potentially a world record-breaking feat, the City of Fort Worth has gone after non compliant dog owners with gusto. In just 4 days, Forth Worth Animal Control cited 800 violations. This massive effort falls in the wake of the fatal mauling of 3-year old Brooklynn Milburn that was killed by her neighbor's rottweiler last week. Though that dog owner was not in violation of city dog laws, it turns out many other Fort Worth dog owners are.
Brandon Bennett, the director of Code Compliance in Fort Worth, said an alarming number of pit bulls were found roaming the streets around the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood, located district five. In 2008, animal control picked up 1,800 stray dogs in the district, the second highest number out of the districts. On the north side, in district two, the problem was even worse. Animal control picked up 2,400 stray dogs, making it the number one problematic district.
Bennett said, "We have dogs that have a propensity to attack that are running loose in the neighborhood." Since 2004, the number of pit bull bites has tripled in Fort Worth. Given that Texas prohibits breed-specific law, animal control can't focus on the pit bull problem -- even though their bite count has tripled and their bites often inflict severe injury. What they can do is fine all dog owners who have unregistered and tethered dogs (AKA dangerous dog owners).
Code officers say they plan to hit every Fort Worth neighborhood within the next 90 days, and will continue to go door-to-door checking for animal violations.
01/19/09: 2009 Fatality: Brooklynn Grace Milburn Killed by Rottweiler
08/20/08: Dog Attacks, Trends and Dog Law Coverage of Texas
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| 1/26/2009 3:02 AM |
Several central/northern Texas cities (near Dallas, which is 30 or so minutes from Fort Worth) are strongly considering breed-specific laws. Perhaps to avoid a similar BSL fate, Fort Worth is doing what they can now to stave it off. The recent sweep is much to be admired. Too bad it had to happen after pit bull bites already tripled...
| 1/26/2009 8:18 AM |
This sweep will save lives.
The question is, why did they let the numbers of strays pile up to this amount? Why weren't these dogs regularly collected?
It is time also to crack down on the unlicensed dog breeders, making money, not paying taxes nor licensing, and dumping the unwanteds as well as selling unaltered animals that breed.
These freeloaders have been riding for long enough.
All ac has to do is go through the local classified and online listings, and they can find these cheats by the hundreds.
This is also a good example of why No Kill does not work. In San Antonio, they are trying to run animal control No Kill. They run out of space (of course!) and they stop taking surrenders (which become strays) and strays.
Bites and disease have skyrocketed in San Antonio.
| 1/26/2009 9:44 AM |
I'm glad they are doing this. What kind neighborhood has 1800 stray dogs? Did it have to get this bad? I'm glad Fort Worth is acting on this, but I hope the next community acts sooner.
| 1/26/2009 11:49 AM |
"In 2008, animal control officers picked up more than 13,000 stray dogs in Fort Worth. Located in district five, the Polytechnic neighborhood had more than 1,800 stray dogs, which was the second highest number out of the districts. With more than 2,400 stray dogs picked up, district two on the north side of the city came in at number one."
Good time to GET MOVING AC! We all remember what Lubbock, Texas did after the pit bull epidemic last year. Firstly, they did NOTHING until AFTER 23 animals were dead after being attacked by loose pit bulls and several humans were seriously hurt as well.
| 1/26/2009 2:30 PM |
A report on Macon, Georgia came out today as well:
Nearly 100 Macon dog owners cited for violating animal anti-tethering law
Between July and Dec. 31, 2008, animal control officers issued 96 warnings and 20 citations for tethering, Fuller said. The ordinance makes it illegal to leave a dog or cat tied up outside unless the pet owner also is outside. It also outlaws transporting a dog or cat in the back of a pickup truck unless the animal is secured inside a “commercially designed container” that prevents it from escaping, according to the ordinance.
| 1/26/2009 3:39 PM |
A woman in Indiana is in critical condition fater a neighbors pit bulls attack her while taking out the trash...
The dog owners response?
"It was an accident, man," Carroll said. "Stuff happens. I hated that it had to happen."
Officers removed a male and female pit bull...and nine puppies from the home.
| 1/28/2009 3:50 AM |
Good to see a fire lit under the azzes of these so called "public safety professionals"...It's obvious that public safety responsibilities go to the wayside when there are so many pit bulls to care for and adopt out.