Protecting People and Pets
Fultondale, AL - Last week, the Fultondale City Council approved an ordinance to ban dangerous dogs from the city. The council has been considering the ordinance for some time, first bringing it to the table almost a year ago. Mayor Jim Lowery said he and the council wanted to examine the ordinances from other cities to create a bill that would work for Fultondale.
He said, "We feel like we’ve taken the best out of those different ordinances and put them together for the protection of our neighborhoods." The ordinance defines a dangerous dog as any aggressive dog that could pose a danger to human life or property or chases or approaches a person "in a menacing fashion or apparent attitude of attack on public or private property."
The ordinance also singles out pit bull type dogs.
By banning "dangerous" dogs and declaring pit bulls "dangerous," Fultondale has effectively created a pit bull ban. Existing pit bulls can stay in the city as long as they register their dog. Any puppies born to a "dangerous" dog must be removed from the city six weeks after birth. Violators can be fined up to $500, lose ownership of their dog and face the possibility of jail time.
DogsBite.org has recorded several other Alabama cities with breed-specific laws including: Anniston, Irondale, Lanett and Orange Beach.
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