- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

HOXIE, Ark. (AP) - A northeast Arkansas city is weighing a ban on pit bulls to the ire of some residents who say they’ll move before they get rid of their pets.

Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker said during the City Council on Tuesday that a series of recent dog attacks in the area compelled him to seek the ban, The Jonesboro Sun (https://bit.ly/1e1wHs7 ) reported.

Several council members agreed with the proposed city law. Alderman Rickey Mayland said he enjoys riding his bike, but sometimes can’t because he has been menaced by a pit bull.

“I’m scared of them,” he said. “One time is all it takes.”

Another council member, Becky Linebaugh, said she was taking out her trash out once when her neighbor’s pit bull charged at her.

“I was lucky because the owner was home and was able to stop it,” she said. “If not I could have been in trouble.”

But Mary Duckworth says her family has owned pit bulls for years and that her dogs have never shown any aggression.

Tinker said the city will draft a ban expected to be modeled by a similar one in North Little Rock and give it to the city attorney for review.

Current pit bull owners and those of other dog breeds deemed vicious would be allowed to keep their pets under a grandfather provision. But Tinker said no residents would be allowed to bring a new pit bull into the city.

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Information from: The Jonesboro Sun, https://www.jonesborosun.com

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