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Jackson city council to continue debating possible pit bull ban

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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - The city of Jackson hopes to take the next step Monday in debating a controversial breed-specific dangerous dog ordinance.

The city council first re-examined the 2006 dangerous dogs ordinance February 22nd.

Rules Committee Chairman Jeff Weill is spearheading efforts to strengthen the current ordinance and include a pit bull ban.

March 1st, the Rules Committee hopes the city attorney will have copies of the proposed new dog ordinance for review. Council members were hoping the proposed ordinance would be ready when they first debated the issue, but city attorney James Anderson was still working on it, and looking into ordinances in other cities.  

The Rules Committee is also hoping for input from Jackson Police on the current dangerous dogs ordinance, and whether they believe it should be strengthened.

At this point, three council members agree with the pit bull ban. Four do not.

The debate was brought to the forefront last month when a six-year-old Terry girl was mauled to death by a pit bull.

Hinds County authorities said there is no law with any teeth to prosecute the dog's owner.

Jackson city councilwoman Margaret Barrett-Simon said authorities estimate there are 3,500-4,000 pit bulls in the capital city.

Neighboring cities like Clinton and Ridgeland already have breed-specific bans.

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