Geneva City May Consider Pit Bull Ordinance

One Wiregrass city will look at placing a tight leash on the owners of dangerous dogs.

The Geneva City Council may follow a national trend of municipalities adopting a special pit bull ordinance.

Geneva City Council members have received complaints of pit bull dogs running loose on the streets.

The breed has received national news coverage following several incidents where the elderly and young have been killed by the dogs.

One such incident in Chipley, Florida claimed the life of a six-year-old boy several years-ago.

The Geneva Council is looking for input from the public.

Recently, the cities of Chipley and Samson have placed ownership fees and tight restrictions on those who keep pit bull dogs as pets.


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  • by Teresa S. Johnston Location: Vance, Alabama on Jun 6, 2008 at 02:02 PM
    Hi, I was just wondering if anyone had really done their research on how poorly these type of laws have done in other areas? They are unfair, and tend to punnish law abiding citizens rather than those intended. Not to menion that outlawing a specic breed, and deeming a dog dangerous mearly because he is a supposed member of that breed is alkin to "racial profiling" in dogs. Not all "pit bull" dogs are bad or dangerous... Where does it end? How about tough laws penalizing individuals for not controlling their own animals? It is really outrageous, I thought that I lived in the USA! Furthermore, in todays economy and society isn't there more pressing issues that need to be dealt with? What is next on the agenda...
  • by Rebecca Location: Chipley on Sep 19, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    My family owns 2 pit bull dogs. They are protective, but just as playful as my kids. Our dogs would not hurt anyone or anything unless something was trying to harm our dog or a member of our family. ANY dog is as mean as the owner makes it. No dog should roam free, that is what a fence and a leash are for, but pits should not be singled out just because of the negative reports to the media. Pits are not even the first dog to be bred for fighting, where are the stories of that breed? You don't hear of it because society wants to put the blame on the dog instead of the owner. Pits are a beautiful, smart, and loyal breed. It is really sad that society has to see the bad things about this wonderful breed and do not get the chance to see what good this dog does. What of the other animal that are mistreated and become aggressive? This breed, as well as all animals, needs protecting, not discriminated against.
  • by kathleen Location: dothan on Sep 19, 2007 at 08:24 AM
    No body needs a pit bull dog,should be against the law to own one.You need to tell everyone to shoot one if they see one on the streets or any where......Thanks
  • by Grey Matters Location: Florida on Sep 19, 2007 at 06:09 AM
    Dogs should NOT be roaming free no matter what the breed. Those that want to own pits, need a license and complete a course in dog obedience training and a physiological evaluation for the human. And regular house checks for the dogs good and the community. And last but not least make sure they have at least an ounce of common sense. No clue where the resourses for all this will come from, the county has bigger matters to worry about, is short handed and the priority level is low, till another child is disfigured or killed. On a personal note, I have had the pleasure of owning a Pit Bull, smartest dog I have ever had the pleasure of sharing life with. After 30 years I still miss her.
  • by stephen anderson Location: samson on Sep 19, 2007 at 04:51 AM
    i can plead my case for pitbulls all i want to and it will not change a thing,but here i go.i own a pit and he wont hurt anyone.he is a family pet and loves my children.he is protective over them. and then "Geneva City Council members have received complaints of pit bull dogs running loose on the streets." you mean to tell me that pits are the only dogs running loose in Geneva?i see dogs running loose all the time and no one says a thing.what about them>they can be dangerous as well.whats good for the goose is good for the gander.all dogs can be dangerous,not just pits but thats all the media wants to implicate.not everyone breeds pits for fighting.punish the deed,not the breed!
  • by phoebeh Location: dothan on Sep 18, 2007 at 08:28 PM
    it,s the ower,s who need to be hind bar,s you can make any dog mean.and people start with pitbull,s bull dog,s be cause they have strong jaw,s.i have own bulldog,s and they were as friendly as a lab.these people teach those dog,s to be mean and it,s the same people who deal with drug,s and gambleing.people such see how those dog,s are broght up.it,s like someone that get,s beatevery day.they learn to fight or die.
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