VAIDEN – Pit bull owners in Carroll County may keep their dogs, but they will have to obey stricter regulations.
The Greenwood Commonwealth reports a new ordinance will take effect Aug. 9 that will not allow pit bulls to be chained outdoors or run loose in yards.
The ordinance, approved in a 3-2 vote this week by supervisors, said the dogs must be securely confined indoors or, if outdoors, kept in steel cages of a certain size on concrete foundations. A pit bull must be muzzled when out on a leash and anyone walking the dog must be at least 21 years old.
Pit bull owners must also carry $100,000 liability insurance policies or post $100,000 cash bond with a reputable bonding company, and they must have their dogs spayed or neutered.
No dwelling may have more than three of the dogs, and they can’t be within 50 feet of a public school, park or church when activities are being held.
Penalties for violations include fines of $250 to $500 for a first offense, $500 to $999 for a second offense and $1,000 to $1,499 for third and subsequent offenses.
Cases will be heard in the justice court.
The call for a pit bull ordinance came in the wake of a fatal attack on a child by two pit bulls in Holmes County on March 31.
Sheriff Jerry Carver supported the ordinance. Carver said his office gets calls every day about loose dogs causing problems.