Waldo's sisters push for vicious dog ordinance

By Regina Butler/Pontotoc Progress

PONTOTOC – Members of Ronnie Waldo’s family want to see a vicious dog ordinance in Pontotoc County, and the Board of Supervisors says it’s almost ready to enact one.
Waldo’s sisters put a petition together to show support for an ordinance after their brother was killed by three pit bulls in January.
The dogs were roaming free in the yard of Waldo’s landlord on the Topsy Road in the Randolph community when the dogs attacked and killed him as he went to get a part for a hot water heater.
The dogs’ owner, Casey Swanson, has been indicted on a manslaughter charge.
Patsy Holley and Rita Florek presented a stack of petitions to the Board of Supervisors at its recent meeting.
Both sisters reminded the officials it could have been a child selling something door to door that day or a meter man going to read the meter.
Supervisor Dennis Corder said he and his fellow board members continue to look into getting an ordinance together “and we are going to do what is right for Pontotoc County.”
The sisters put the petitions out in stores for people to sign.
In part the petition reads, “Pit bull dogs, among other animals, have been deemed as dangerous animals and surrounding cities or counties have ordinances in place to control the keeping and maintaining of such animals. Pontotoc County needs to adopt a similar ordinance to protect the citizens.”
Supervisor Ernie Wright said the board is eager to enact an ordinance.
“We’ve pretty much got down on paper what we want to do. We are just working on some last-minute details on it.”