Fayette, MO - An animal control ordinance that bans the acquisition of pit bulls, requires registration of all dogs and limits each home to three canines goes into effect today. The new law also places restrictions on existing pit bulls. Starting today, owners of pit bulls must carry $100,000 of liability insurance, muzzle their pets when they are being walked -- on a leash no longer than 4 feet -- and provide secure confinement for dogs kept outside.
The ordinance also requires registration of all dogs, along with two photos. Violations carry fines, including at least a $100 fine for someone whose dog “impedes any person” on a public right of way. Any pit bull puppies born in Fayette after today must be removed from the city after they are eight weeks old. Local officials say the pit bull requirements are similar to those in other Mid-Missouri towns. One might imagine that the Hill tragedy played a role.
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