Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Scranton, SC - After the violent death of John Matthew Davis, the City of Dillon passed a pit bull law that requires registration and special confinement. This is the only pit bull law that we have on record for the state (there may be others). As mentioned in an earlier post, the rate of fatal dog attacks in South Carolina is alarmingly high given it's modest population. The last four attacks have been attributed to pit bulls. Last year, Anderson and Lancaster county proposed pit bull laws. Now the City of Scranton wants to as well:
"Scranton town officials said they plan to hold discussions with Florence County leaders after a resident asked for the town to ban pit bulls. "Your concerns are our concerns," councilwoman Marie L. Eaddy said during Monday’s town council meeting. "We will do our best." Ernestine Haselden, who lives on Railroad Avenue, said the person who lives behind her has four or five "pit bull-type dogs" who charge at her fence "just as hard as they can to get to me."Related articles:
She asked council members to consider an ordinance that would ban pit bull-type dogs as well as any other breeds they see fit. She said that if any pets are grandfathered in, the owners should have to hold a $100,000 liability insurance policy on the animals. Most people living around her are elderly, she said. "We should be able to live our last years in some sort of peace and tranquility in our own yards, not bothering anybody else," she said."
01/31/09: 2006 Dog Bite Fatality: Criminal Trial of Boy Mauled to Death by Pack of Dogs
05/16/08: Anderson Boy, 8, Healing from Pit Bull Attack
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