- Associated Press - Saturday, July 12, 2014

VAIDEN, Miss. (AP) - Pit bull owners in Carroll County may keep their dogs, but they will have to obey stricter regulations.

The Greenwood Commonwealth reports (https://bit.ly/1jtDXyN ) a new ordinance will take effect Aug. 9 that will not allow pit bulls to be chained outdoors or run loose in yards.

The ordinance, approved in a 3-2 vote this week by supervisors, said the dogs must be securely confined indoors or, if outdoors, kept in steel cages of a certain size on concrete foundations. A pit bull must be muzzled when out on a leash and anyone walking the dog must be at least 21 years old.

Pit bull owners must also carry $100,000 liability insurance policies or post $100,000 cash bond with a reputable bonding company, and they must have their dogs spayed or neutered.

No dwelling may have more than three of the dogs, and they can’t be within 50 feet of a public school, park or church when activities are being held.

Penalties for violations include fines of $250 to $500 for a first offense, $500 to $999 for a second offense and $1,000 to $1,499 for third and subsequent offenses.

Cases will be heard in the justice court.

The call for a pit bull ordinance came in the wake of a fatal attack on a child by two pit bulls in Holmes County on March 31.

Sheriff Jerry Carver supported the ordinance. Carver said his office gets calls every day about loose dogs causing problems.

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Information from: The Greenwood Commonwealth, https://www.gwcommonwealth.com

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