OSCEOLA, Ark. – If you have a pit bull and you live in Osceola, you have a month to get rid of your dog or move out of the city.
A social media post by the Osceola Animal Shelter said Thursday morning they’ve received “numerous complaints” regarding pit bulls and pit bull-breeds of dogs within the City of Osceola. For this reason, the social media post indicated, an 11-year-old ordinance will be “aggressively enforced” starting on July 1, 2017.
Ordinance 2006-831,”An Ordinance Prohibiting Pit Bull Breeds of Dogs Within The City of Osceola,” was passed on June 19, 2006.
The city’s website states pit bulls are banned from within city limits. It states the owner can face up to a $1,000 fine and seizure of the animal. Contradicting that, the ordinance posted on the city’s Facebook page says the fine is $500 “for each violation.”
Owners of dogs fitting the broad description are being given one month to “re-home their dogs out of the Osceola city limits,” the post says. After that, anyone who has a pit bull will face fines.
Most of those who reacted to the post did so with an angry emoticon, as of this publication at 4 p.m. Thursday. Many even voiced their displeasure in comments. There were several comments in support of the ban being enforced, as well.
NEA Report called the City of Osceola’s phone number on their website at about 3:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. There was no answer. A reporter submitted a request by the form on the site for interview with the mayor. We will post an update regarding this request as soon as one is available.
A study by the American Temperament Test Society, Inc. showed pit bull terriers rank just below labrador retrievers and above golden retrievers, boxers, Dobermanns, and collies for low aggression, panic and avoidance. The study’s guidelines can be found on the ATTS website, here.
In a graphic created by the Huffington Post to including the study’s results, the assertion is made that the owner is the problem – not the breed.
The breed-specific ban seems to suggest leadership in the City of Osceola believes differently.
The full stats from ATTS can be found here.
Unaltered original featured photo obtained from American Bully Daily.
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