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Leesville Daily Leader - Leesville, LA
  • Town of New Llano bans pitbull dogs

  • The town council of New Llano voted unanimously (3-0) at its regular meeting Tuesday to ban all pitbull dogs within the corporate limits of the town, effective immediately.
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  • The town council of New Llano voted unanimously (3-0) at its regular meeting Tuesday to ban all pitbull dogs within the corporate limits of the town, effective immediately.
    The ordinance prohibits Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, American Pitbull Terriers, and dogs that have the "appearance and characteristics of being predominately" of the aforementioned breeds from being owned within the city limits.
    Violators will have their dogs immediately impounded, and owners can only redeem the dog after paying a $100 or more running at large penalty or $500 or more for failure to comply penalty; after transferring or selling the dog to another party, who cannot reside within the town limits (or the owner is moving from the city limits of New Llano) (bill of sale is required); and the dog must be vaccinated within the current calendar year.
    Dogs that are not redeemed within five days after being impounded will be put down, according to the ordinance.
    Town officials said that recently, a child was attacked by a pitbull dog within the town limits, and while witnesses could describe what the dog looked like, officials could not find the dog or its owner. The child who was attacked is ok now, officials said.
    Residents who currently own pitbulls questioned whether they would be subject to the ordinance.
    "I've had dogs at the house for the last 30 years (without problems)," said town resident Angel Negron, Jr. "What about my dogs?"
    Mayor Freddie Boswell said that Negron's  dogs, as well as any other resident's who have pitbulls before the ordinance takes effect (May 1, 2013), would be grandfathered in. However, according to the ordinance, owners who already own pitbulls will need to provide the town with a color picture of the dog, as well as the owner's name and address, proof of microchipping by a licensed veterinarian, proof of vaccinations, as well as proof of installation of a six-foot tall/high backyard fence, not to be smaller than 120 square feet per dog.
    Pitbulls that are grandfathered in will not be allowed out of the fenced yard and will not be permitted to be taken for walks in public areas or along public streets. Residents with grandfathered-in pitbulls will also be required to post a sign reading "PIT BULL DOG" at "each possible entrance" to the owner's property.
    However, if a pitbull that is grandfathered in "shows aggression to any person or to another animal, whether it bites or not," will be considered vicious and will no longer be allowed to reside within the town limits. The owner will then be fined no less than $250 or sentenced to no less than 30 days in jail, or both; the owner will also have five days to relocate the animal.
    Negron asked whether the town had its own animal control official, to which the town replied that it shared the services of Leesville's animal control. Negron said, however, that sharing the services of Leesville does not help the problem.
    Page 2 of 2 - "By the time Leesville gets here, they're (the loose pitbulls) gone," he said.
    Also at Tuesday's meeting, Pete Longoria, with the American Legion, announced that they will be holding an Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the New Llano park. There will be four age groups — 0-3, 4-5, 6-10 and 11-12, and they will be giving away two bikes per age group. The hunt is free and open to the public.
    Fire Chief Kevin Yates also said that his department has seen "a bit of a run increase" since taking over the annexed property along U.S. 171. However, he said that the number is similar to the numbers projected before the annexation.

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