Texas Town Sticks to Its Guns on Vicious Dog Ordinance
Madisonville, TX - Last week a brazen Texan town passed a city ordinance that targeted vicious dogs, specifically pit bulls. Those who oppose it will be required to test their case in the court system. Interim City Manager Dave Ward adds,
“I have not had one single local resident complain about it (the ordinance), but that out-of-town complaints have been lodged. They're coming out of the woodwork."
The Madisonville ordinance regulates the keeping of pit bulls and other vicious dogs in the city. Laura Dapkus of the Lone Star State Pit Bull Club thinks the ordinance should be challenged in court and that existing laws such as leash and licensing should be enforced. Ms. Dapkus might want to review the dismal situation in Lubbock, a city that is trying to enforce leash laws in the midst of a pit bull attack epidemic.
The ordinance approved last week states, “the Madisonville Mayor and City Council believe it is necessary to prohibit pit bulls, subject to certain exceptions, within the City” leaving the council a slight loophole. During the recent council meeting, however, the city attorney stated, “Basically, this ordinance tries to do away with pit bulls inside the city.”
City Attorney John Bankhead is right on the money.