Posted: Mar 26, 2010 6:21 PM by Rob Krieger
Updated: Mar 27, 2010 11:04 AM
St. Mary Parish pit bull owners will have to follow new regulations to keep their dogs legal starting in July. The ordinance, approved by the council Wednesday night, makes it illegal to own a pit bull if you are under 21 and requires the dog to be micro-chipped and vaccinated. Owners will also have to pay a $50 fee and post a 'Beware of Dog' sign in their yard.
"Instead of banning them, we thought the best idea would be to regulate, where people could still have their dogs, but to make responsible ownership a priority," said St. Mary Parish Councilman Glen Hidalgo.
Pit bull advocates aren't entirely happy about the ordinance.
"To be breed specific about it I think is a bit unfair, because not all pit bulls are dangerous," said Winter Morvant, who works with the dog advocacy group, The Pit Krewe. "You do have a few bad seeds in every breed, but it shouldn't be breed specific, because neglect is not breed specific."
There are no breed specific ordinances in the Capital City area, but animal control experts said pit bulls are by far the most complained about dog in East Baton Rouge Parish.