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Clarksdale, MS commissioner wants more enforcement of pit bull ordinance

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Clarksdale pit bull owners take note: concerned leaders and citizens are barking about the city's enforcement of its pit bull ordinance. Clarksdale pit bull owners take note: concerned leaders and citizens are barking about the city's enforcement of its pit bull ordinance.
City Commissioner Buster Moton wants officers to verify that owners meet all the requirements for the ordinance. City Commissioner Buster Moton wants officers to verify that owners meet all the requirements for the ordinance.
Megan Jantz's neighbor's pit bull got out of the house Saturday and bit her daughter. Megan Jantz's neighbor's pit bull got out of the house Saturday and bit her daughter.

(WMC-TV) – It's been more than a year and a half since a North Mississippi community adopted an ordinance on pit bulls.

There are all sorts of requirements that make pit bull owners responsible for their pets. But after some recent attacks, one city commissioner wants officers to add some teeth to the enforcement.

Clarksdale pit bull owners take note: concerned leaders and citizens are barking about the city's enforcement of its pit bull ordinance.

"We have people letting their pit bulls get away and biting young people," city commissioner Buster Moton said.

Moton says that's exactly what happened outside a home on Saturday when Megan Jantz's neighbor's pit bull got out of the house.

"All of a sudden I hear this scream, and you know what kind of scream it is, so I knew the dog had gotten out," Jantz said. "My daughter shouldn't be afraid to play in her front yard."

The dog bit her daughter's backside. She is doing much better now.

There's already an ordinance in place that requires pit bull owners to use a muzzle and leash when the dogs aren't properly confined, to have a liability insurance policy of at least $100,000, and to register the animals with the city.

Animal control officer Nelghotti Ramsey and the police are coming down on the owners.

"If they want us to crack down on the pit bulls, enforce the laws better than what we was doing," Ramsey said.

Ramsey has a few pit bulls of his own and says his are kind, but adds temperament can change with the owner.

Jantz wants people to know the rules that aim to keep her family safe.

"I agree with the muzzle and the leash, that's good," she said.

Moton wants officers to verify that owners meet all the requirements.

Click here to see the ordinance.

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