Lynn Haven City Commissioners will not be passing a ban on what they consider to be aggressive dogs because it is against state law.
Commissioners took up the proposal Tuesday afternoon on City Manager, John Lynch’s suggestion during Monday’s city workshop meeting. Tuesday, Lynch informed the commission the state has a law prohibiting any city from banning specific dog breeds.
The discussion arose after four pit bulls attacked an 8 year old boy and a woman who tried to save the boy Saturday afternoon at a home on Missouri Avenue. The adults were inside the home while several kids were in the yard playing. The boy was bit on the face during the attack; the woman was bit in the leg. Both went to the hospital for treatment and both are now home recovering from their injuries.
Neighbors who live in the area say the dogs have threatened people living nearby several times before. The mother of the victim says dogs are unpredictable and describes them like a loaded gun.
“You can walk passed a dog a million times, think it’s not going to bite then all of a sudden, one time it just does and you don’t know why” said Sharon Moore, mother of attack victim.
The owner of the four pit bulls turned over the dogs to animal control to be quarantined and eventually destroyed.
Lynch believes the issue will come up again in a few weeks, with commissioners discussing some tougher measures for dog owners to protect people from potential dog attacks.