OXFORD – Lafayette County supervisors agreed to seek more input before voting on a proposal to regulate vicious and nuisance dogs.
Supervisor Chad McLarty had raised the issue after Sheriff F. D. “Buddy” East said his officers needed clarification on handling vicious dogs. An ordinance he offered as an example added restrictions on nuisance behavior as well.
Board President Jeff Busby said he was concerned that some ordinances would be too restrictive on commercial kennels.
“I think the focus ought to be on a vicious animal,” said Supervisor Mike Roberts. “At the end of the day, Justice Court is going to decide if an animal is vicious.”
“We can do that now,” Supervisor Mike Pickens said. “A person can now swear out a warrant and take them to court.”
Supervisor Robert Blackmon raised a laugh from the audience when he said, “It’s a dog’s nature to bark, and nobody’s going to change that.”
East said, “I’m not interested in a leash law. My only concern is a vicious animal law.”
Board members agreed to hear from Oxford-Lafayette Humane Society officials before taking action.