Lubbock Cracks Down On Leash Law - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/13/08

Lubbock Cracks Down On Leash Law

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If your dog is out in Lubbock without a leash, you could end up paying for it. Mayor David Miller says the city is cracking down on Lubbock's leash law.  

Wednesday the mayor announced his plan to reduce the number of dangerous animal attacks. At this time, state law prohibits cities from banning specific breeds.

This comes just a day after a grand jury indicted Javance Lamar Johnson. Authorities say his two pit bulls attacked 77-year-old William Cox last September. The dogs broke his arm, and killed his rat terrier dog. Both pit bulls have since been put to sleep.

If tried and convicted, Johnson could face up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.

The mayor says following these recent attacks the city is cracking down on and will have a zero tolerance policy.

Following recent attacks and since the City of Lubbock cannot ban pit pulls, they plan to strengthen enforcement.

"Lubbock is a leash law city meaning that animals are prohibited from running at large," Mayor Miller said.

The mayor says the city plans to hire a commissioned peace officer to oversee animal services field operations.

"Having a law enforcement professional over see the day to day operation will strengthen our animal control enforcement efforts and provide valuable legal guidance to animal control efforts," Miller explained.

The city also plans to promote responsible pet ownership. At the same time Miller says the city with continue efforts to work with state legislators to strengthen law related to animal attacks.

But last week, State Representative Delwin Jones told NewsChannel 11 he does not think it is possible to pass breed specific legislation. He says instead, it comes down to enforcement.

"I don't see how you can get it down to the breed of dogs because Fido might go crazy and attack somebody. If he had attacked somebody it doesn't matter about the size or breed," Jones added.

Tuesday evening NewsChannel 11 asked other city council members, if allowed, would they support a breed specific ban of Pit Bulls.

Councilwoman Linda DeLeon says she would like to see the state actively address the issue. Councilman Floyd Price and John Leonard would support a pit bull ban. Councilman Jim Gilbreath says he has a problem with irresponsible dog owners in general. We were not able to reach council members Todd Klein or Phyllis Jones.

2/13/08
Mayor Miller's Statement Concerning Dangerous Dog Situation
In recent days there has been a noticeable increase in Pit Bull attacks in our community. As a result of these vicious attacks, many citizens have contacted the City requesting that Pit Bulls be banned within the City of Lubbock...

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