A group of animal rights activists is trying to convince the city of Clay that their new dangerous dog ordinance prohibiting pit bulls isn't the way to keep the public safe.
The Clay City Council approved the pit bull ban two weeks ago but pit bull advocates say the public should have been given prior warning about the bill. They also contend that breed-specific legislation doesn't keep the public safe from being bitten by dogs.
There were about 75 pit bull advocates and pet owners at Monday's city council meeting. After a heated discussion, Mayor Charles Webster says the council will reconsider the ban on any pit bull dog.
But groups supporting pit bulls vow to fight on, saying reconsideration is just the first step.
"It's unfair to ban any breed of do gfor the actions of a few. What should happen is, we should have a vicious dog ordinance that doesn't name any breed...If we don't stand up, someone else's breed could be next," Melanie Hughes-Hicks with Bama Bully Rescue said.
Birmingham attorney Temple Trueblood shares a very green reason why breed-specific ordinances aren't practical.
"It's probably going to be cost prohibitive to even try to enforce these laws," she said. "You have to have trained animal control officers that can actually recognize breeds of dogs."
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