Doyle board considers adopting a ban on specific breeds of canines

By | April 5, 2018 7:56 am

Town of Doyle Board of Mayor and Aldermen discuss banning “pit bulls” in the city. (Photo by BOBBY MCCULLEY)

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.

comments » 8

  1. Comment by Al Klee

    April 5, 2018 at 9:08 am

    I wonder if they are also considering Doberman Pinschers, Rottweilers, and German Sheppard’s? Maybe they should look at Dachshunds and Chihuahuas – those are pretty mean little dogs also.

  2. Comment by Dog Lover

    April 5, 2018 at 9:55 am

    So why are the dogs being blamed yet again? Should the city of Doyle not hold their citizens accountable and uphold state leash laws? It is illegal in the state of Tennessee to all your dogs to run at large. Chasing livestock and people…sounds like dogs (breed does not matter) running at large, not being confined to their own property. TN State Law 44-8-408. It is also against state law for a dog to not be current on a rabies vaccine TN State Law 68-8-103.

    Why not place the blame where it belongs? On the people allowing their unvaccinated dogs to run at large. Instead of banning a specific breed of dog, why not enforce the state laws and incorporate strong laws in the City of Doyle? Like let’s say having people register their dogs every year, current proof of a rabies vaccination, and give a discount if the animal is spayed or neutered. There are many ways to solve this problem without banning which will ultimately equal killing dogs. Try thinking outside the box. Educate yourself and the citizens of Doyle

  3. Comment by Rhonda G

    April 5, 2018 at 10:55 am

    Laws SHOULD be made pertaining to “animal control” by modifying HUMAN behavior as applied to dog ownership, stewardship, & breeding.

    Other Cities/Counties/States have licensing laws that have fee scales based on the reproductive status of the dog and compliance with leash/containment laws.

    In one state I’ve lived, no one was allowed to have over 5 dogs at a residence UNLESS they had proof that EVERY DOG was fixed.

    Newly acquired Puppies were given a 5 month provisional license (bought at shelter or breeder), to be renewed only upon proof of fixing…and, believe me, the Animal Control Dept followed up!

    License fees for non-fixed dogs were much higher. If you had more than 5, you were considered a “kennel”, or in-home-breeder.

    There ARE ways to control “dogs”…but it’s by getting dog owners to cooperate & be good neighbors. It’s NOT the dogs’ fault!

  4. Comment by Myoung

    April 5, 2018 at 9:50 pm

    This is crap I live in doyle and own “pit bulls” alot of people around there does don’t blame the dog band the people who are making them mean. my ” pitbull” is more loving then most of the dogs around

  5. Comment by Donna Dyer

    April 6, 2018 at 9:00 am

  6. Comment by Maggie St. Francis

    April 6, 2018 at 9:29 am

    After 30 + yrs in animal control and rescue I find breed bans are wrong for many reasons. Just require spay n nueter, containment that is roomy , safe, and that animals are cared for properly. What you should be doing is aggressively pursue spay and nueter in your county. Do things to encourage responsible pet ownership. A breed ban contributes to law suits and pet homelessness. Just dont. It’s wrong.

  7. Comment by Katlyn Johnson

    April 6, 2018 at 1:24 pm

    The owners are the only ones to blame!! Fine them, but leave other behaving dogs alone. Come on, surely you people are smarter than this. Could happen just as easily with any dog. Disagree? Then your ignorance proceeds.

  8. Comment by Patty

    April 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

    People should be Educated on the Pit Bull breed. You all need to stop blaming the dog and look at the uneducated owners. I Advocate For The Pit Bull Breed They Don’t Have Voice But I do and so does many others like me. Pit Bull’s are wonderful family dog’s if trained right. Stop Murdering The Breed. Spay Neuter Your Dogs. Don’t Shop Adopt to many animals are being Murdered everyday.


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