JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) - One Jefferson County town is getting tough on aggressive dogs by passing a vicious dog ordinance.
Clay has now banned pit bulls and pit bull mixes. The move came in part after Sheriff Mike Hale was approached by a pack of aggressive dogs. He does say he believes those dogs were Rottweilers, not pit bulls.
Hale says the dogs belong to a neighbor. He was approached twice by the pack. He tried scaring them away with a warning shot but they didn't leave. Hale fired another shot, grazing one of the dogs with buckshot. The dog was not seriously injured.
Animal control arrived on scene to take the dogs and the owner was charged with "allowing dogs to run at large." After the dogs are spayed a neutered, they will be returned to their owner.
Clay's pit bull ban requires that owners register their dogs within the next 60 days. Once the dog dies, the owner can no longer own pit bulls.
Garland Clark of Bama Bully Rescue says he's disappointed with the move.
"I am very disappointed that the council chose this as their reaction to the single recent incident in their city. It appears that in their haste, they neglected to have an open forum, allowing their citizens to express disproval," he said.
Sheriff Hale remains concerned that any packs of large dogs pose a risk to the public.