UPDATE 07/14/08: About 6 months after Madisonville passed their pit bull ordinance, the Mayor and City Council members folded to pressures from pit bull advocates. They scrapped their pit bull ban. Learn more here.
02/17/08: Madisonville Takes a Stand for Public Safety
Madisonville, TX - Who said cities with state-wide "prohibitive breed specific laws" could not pass breed specific laws? At DogsBite.org we count 5 such states (thus far) with cities within them that legally adopt breed specific laws. These states include: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and Oklahoma.
As of February 14th, 2008, Pit bulls are no longer welcomed, or legal, in Madisonville, Texas. The city council passed an ordinance Monday effectively banning pit bulls within the city limits. Those who already have the breed can keep them, but there are some rules to follow (failure to comply can result in a fine of $50 a day). The rules include:
"$100,000 of liability protection; the dog must be kept in a locked pen or muzzled and leashed when taken out of the pen; a "Beware of Dog" sign must be posted; a photo of the pit bull must be provided to the city; you can't sell or transfer a dog within the city limits; if your dog has puppies, you have 10 weeks to get them out of Madisonville."
With this knowledge in hand, DogsBite.org thinks it is High Noon in Lubbock, Texas. Ban pit bulls now. Let the legal chips fall into a dizzying array.
The city of Lubbock has an epidemic on their hands. The have the right to take measures they deem reasonable to ensure public safety. These rights include the expansion of "police authority" and "what's best for the village." All tested State Supreme Courts on this issue have agreed.