Brownsville, Tennessee Moves to Ban “Pit Bulls”

From Brownsville’s city site:

“Aldermen took the first step “passing on first reading “ two tough new ordinances at the November 11 city board meeting.

Under scrutiny are any breed of so-called vicious dogs “ especially pit bulldogs, and they are about to be illegal in Brownsville. City leaders have also taken steps to restrict the number of pets residents of Brownsville may own.

Under the new vicious dog ordinance it will be illegal to own a pit bulldog. The ordinance states, It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or in any way possess a pit bull dog in Brownsville.

The ordinance allows current pits to stay with their owners but only under strict guidelines that include registering the animals with the city, paying an annual permit fee, housing them appropriately and buying liability insurance covering each animal.

In a separate action, aldermen approved the first reading of an ordinance that will restrict single-family homeowners to a total of six pets and those living in multi-family dwellings to two.

Aldermen passed the measures on first reading but say they plan to further examine the new rules before the final vote expected next month.”

Please write the Brownsville mayor and city council members at the following addresses and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective and unenforceable.   An enforced leash law and a non-breed-specific dog law are more than adequate to police irresponsible dog owners of any breed:

Webb F. Banks, Mayor
111 N. Washington Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012

Jerry Taylor, City Clerk
111 N. Washington Avenue
Brownsville, TN 38012

Aldermen (If you would like to e-mail city council members please simply send your letter to the city clerk and request that it be forwarded to the council):

Joe Taylor, Vice Mayor (772-2191)
Ward 4

Leon King (772-3074)
Ward 1

John Simmons (772-4588)
Ward 3

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