Pit Bulls not welcome in Ducktown
Those who already have a pit bull would have to follow specific restrictions.
Pit bulls are no longer welcome in Ducktown. The city council has approved an amendment to its animal control ordinance that states “It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or in an way possess a pit bulldog within the corporate limited of the City of Ducktown.” Those who already have a pit bull would have to follow specific restrictions.
The ban applies to the several breeds of dog: bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, dogs of mixed breed or other breeds known as pit bulls, any dog with the appearance and characteristics of the bull terrier breed.
For those with a pit bull, the dog must be registered and confined indoors or in a locked pen or kennel with a floor, four walls, and a ceiling to insure it cannot escape. If it is outside the kennel, it must be on a leash under the control of a person of suitable age and discretion. If the dog must go to the vet, it must wear a muzzle to prevent it from biting persons or other animals. A “Beware of Dog” sign is required and the owner must maintain $100,000 public liability insurance for bodily injury or death.
Reporting requirements include removal from the city or death of the pit bull, birth of offspring, the new address of a pit bull owner who moved within the city limits. Offspring must be removed from the city. A person may not transfer possession of a pit bull to any person within the city other than in the same household.
Any dog found in violation shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment as well as revocation of the license and removal from Ducktown. Fines can be imposed according to the city code. In addition, the owner must pay expenses resulting from the violation. This would include the cost for Ducktown to house the animal in the animal shelter in Cleveland.
The idea of banning pit bulls was first discussed in August 2011 after there had been complaints with a pit bull getting loose and threatening a person or two and other animals. Mayor James Talley checked into other city ordinances and asked the Municipal Technical Assistance Service for ideas. Since there is no animal shelter in Polk, and Fannin was not interested in working with Ducktown, Talley worked out an agreement with Cleveland to house up to 25 animals years, to be transported by Ducktown. There is no cost unless an animal is taken to the shelter; then it is $7/day.
The shelter has to keep animals for three days, at which time they can be put up for adoption or, after a certain period of time, euthanized. He said the city would have to pick up the cost if an animal has to be euthanized. He estimated it would be around $100 total per animal for boarding and euthanizing.
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