Attacks Prompt Pit-Bull Ban Debate
Kinder, La. - A fatal mauling by two pit bulls in neighboring Beauregard Parish and incidents in which pit bulls attacked an animal control officer and a police officer have prompted proposals to ban the breed in Kinder and throughout Allen Parish.
Kinder's Town Council will hold a hearing March 3 on an amendment to add a specific ban on pit bulls to its vicious-animal ordinances. The Allen Parish Police Jury will consider its own proposal Feb. 19. Kinder Town Attorney Michael Holmes comments:
"There are always issues when specific breeds are banned, so I expect there will be some challenge. The question is, does the town have a legitimate purpose in protecting its citizens in passing such an ordinance?"
Discussion of a pit bull ban started last month, after two pit bulls mauled a 24-year-old woman to death in Longville, 24 miles from Kinder in Beauregard Parish.
Police Chief Gary Pelican asked the council to consider a ban after an officer shot a pit bull that attacked him when he answered a call from someone trapped by the dog in a vehicle. In another incident, a pit bull trapped an animal control officer on top of her vehicle.
Kinder's proposed ordinance, however is not a ban, it would mean pit bull type dogs and their mixes would automatically be deemed vicious. It would require double fencing around their yards, and muzzels and leashes when they are walked outside their own yards.
Various districts though, would prefer a full ban, including Reeves Mayor Scott Walker and Police Juror Kent Fontenot. Walker said his 76-year-old mother, who lives seven miles outside of Reeves, has been knocked down and even bitten by some of her neighbor's 14 pit bulls.