Doyle board considers adopting a ban on specific breeds of canines
By Bobby Lee McCulley | April 5, 2018 7:56 am
Doyle’s mayor and aldermen are moving forward in discussions on adopting an ordinance placing a ban on specific breeds of dogs.
On April 3, 2018, the topic of adopting an ordinance to develop a canine breed-specific ban for the Town of Doyle was brought forward by Doyle Mayor Ray Spivey. According to Spivey, the motive behind adopting a ban on “pit bulls” came from a recent incident involving a “pit bull” canine reportedly attacking livestock and reportedly chasing a resident of Doyle.
Following discussions by board members, it was unanimously approved to review the City of Sparta’s ordinance about their breed-specific ban within the city limits of Sparta.
In August 2005, the City of Sparta passed an ordinance banning “pit bulls” within the city limits. According to Sparta’s ordinance, the following dogs are banned in the city:
-Bull terrier breeds of dog
-Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog
-American pit bull terrier breed of dog
-American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog
-Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs, or pit bull terriers
-Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of the previously mentioned dogs
Additionally, the City of Sparta passed in August 2005 as a part of the breed-specific ban numerous restrictions on individuals who had already owned “pit bulls” at the time the ordinance was passed.
In July 2009, White County Sheriff Oddie Shoupe brought forward a request to the White County Board of Commissioners to consider adopting a similar countywide ban on “pit bulls” that was adopted in Sparta a few years earlier. However, since the county does not have zoning regulations, the possibility of adopting such legislation wasn’t possible at that time.
There are approximately 30 different cities and counties that have some sort of breed-specific ordinance or resolution adopted. Those ordinances and resolutions range from declaring “pit bulls” as being dangerous to outright banning specific “pit bull” breeds completely.
Doyle’s mayor and aldermen will review proposed ordinances during next month’s meeting.