Clay proposes compromise to breed-specific dog ordinance

CLAY, Ala. (WIAT) — Clay’s current breed-specific dog ordinance goes into effect August 3, 2013. People who own pit bulls have until that date to register their dogs.

Under the current law, pit bulls and other bully breeds would be outlawed after the current generation of dogs either dies or moves out.

However, a compromise plan introduced by City Attorney Alan Summers Monday night cut out the breed-specific designation.

The compromise is based on other ordinances around the county.

“Most of them dealt with vicious animals instead of just named particular breeds,” Summers said.

Some pit bull owners in Clay say the compromise is a step in the right direction.

“I think the city attorney’s proposals [Monday night] were extremely reasonable and well taken,” Mark Lawson commented.

Now, the question remains whether or not the city administration will see it the same way.

Clay Mayor Charles Webster doesn’t think the new compromised ordinance is strong enough.

Webster says he may consider expanding the ordinance to cover even more breeds.

“If you take the pit bull name out, we should include the 11 breeds that the insurance companies have,” Webster explained. “Let’s go ahead and include those 11 breeds and don’t identify one. Let’s identify them all.”

Several pit bill owners inside the Clay City Limits are working with attorneys on ways to fight the ordinance in the court system.

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