Chopper is Back in the News
Lyman, SC - Who could forget Chopper, the chained pit bull that recently mauled a cocker spaniel to death? The town of Lyman responded to the community's concern by creating a strict dangerous dog ordinance. The new rules are not breed-specific, but if your dog breaks a rule, it's banned.
- Attacks a person, domestic animal or domesticated dog or cat and causes physical injury or death when unprovoked.
- Bites or attempts to bite any person while at large.
- Attacks or attempts to attack any other dog or animal or chases or catches a person while at large.
- Poses a threat of harm or endangers the safety of persons, domesticated animals while at large or not at large.
- Is owned or harbored for dog fighting.
- Is trained for the purpose of dog fighting or has engaged in dog fighting.
- Is tormented, badgered, baited, trained or encouraged to engage in unprovoked attacks upon people or domesticated animals.
Owners of dogs in these categories may receive a warning from the police department to remove the dog from the city within 15 days. If the owners disagree with the police, they can file an appeal within five days and go to court over the issue.
Additionally, council members determined that tethering a dog endlessly was considered "cruel treatment" and would only be permitted for nine hours at a stretch.
One screw up from Chopper's owner and he's out.
03/04/08: Cocker Spaniel Killed by Pit Bull, Neighbors in Fear