CITY OFFICIALS IN FAVOR OF STRICT DOG ORDINANCE

CATEGORY: Itawamba County

AUTHOR: STAFF

CITY OFFICIALS IN FAVOR OF STRICT DOG ORDINANCE

FULTON – Beware of the dog catcher.

Dog owners who allow their dogs to roam through the streets in Fulton with no leash should head this warning. City officials voted in May to more strictly enforce a dog ordinance, said Mayor Jack Creely.

The law has been on the books for almost two years and has been enforced some, he said. But now the problem of dogs roaming the streets has increased and it is time to get tough.

Creely said the ordinance is important to protect homeowners. He said there have been incidents when dogs have torn up yards and overturned garbage. Incidents like this are especially hard on the elderly, who have to clean up the mess left behind, Creely said.

Dogs, not on leashes or penned up in yards, roaming the streets will be picked up and taken to the city pound. There will be a $25 fine per dog, plus a $1 daily fee and $5 a week for food.