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Dog ordinance to face Jackson Co. Commission vote

Law enforcement currently can do no more than encourage legal action for those complaining about vicious dogs. (Source: MGN Online) Law enforcement currently can do no more than encourage legal action for those complaining about vicious dogs. (Source: MGN Online)
JACKSON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

Jackson County is moving one step closer to getting a vicious dog ordinance. The county commission held one of its final hearings on the issue this week.

Currently there is little that can be done about vicious dogs in the county unless the dog has no proof of rabies shots, but sheriff's officials said it will benefit residents should the ordinance pass.

For those who have dealt with a vicious animal in Jackson County, they have felt the frustration of being told by animal control that the matter has to be settled in court. That may change if the ordinance passes, because the sheriff's office will be given greater authority to deal with problem animals.

Sheriff Chuck Philips said that currently, all they can do is encourage the complainant to file a small-claims lawsuit. "Hopefully with this new law, we will be able to respond to vicious animal calls and impound the dog," he said.

County Commission Chairman Matthew Hodges said they plan to have a final public hearing on the issue Monday. He expects the ordinance to go before a commission vote March 10.

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