Lynn Haven 'Aggressive Dog' Ordinance

By: Kavontae Smalls Email
By: Kavontae Smalls Email

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.

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  • by anonymous Location: panama city on Mar 23, 2012 at 04:32 AM
    Why not blame the owners? Or blame the backyard breeders who are producing poorly bred puppies for profit. It is NEVER THE DOG FAULT!
  • by Sandra on Mar 18, 2012 at 07:07 AM
    I have owned pitbulls and small dogs.Given a choice id much prefer to be bitten by a small dog than a large one.Ive always said thank god Yorkies & Chihuahuas dont weigh a 100 lbs or we'd be in alot of trouble than we are with Pitbulls.I have two sweet small breed dogs and i have made a effort to not let them become armpit piranhas.Basically a small dog that snaps at everyone while being held by owner.Put the dog down and let be a dog and let learn it has legs and can walk!
  • by Anonymous Location: lynn haven on Mar 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM
    You people like to make your own assumptions this was family pets that were loved. And raised around children they were not out roaming the street they were in there own yard. Two of the dogs started fighting and the little boy got wrapped up in a dog fight not on purpose or neglect it was a tragic accident not neglect. There are two family's lives that will never be the same. God bless them both...
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:15 PM
    These dogs have no idea why the are in this situation right now. From what i see in the vid. these people are not responsible pet owners. The females are obviously being bread and are not spayed. Which says to me they are in it for the money not the animals well being! Don't ban the breed b/c of a few irresponsible owners. Pitbulls(White English Bulldogs^) are very loving and great with kids but just like raising children they need structure and discipline to make great dogs. If you have never owned a pitbull or any other banned breed of dog then you should definitely not pass judgment on them.
  • by Amber Location: chipley on Mar 14, 2012 at 01:03 PM
    This is no typical attack, this was on an 8 yr old little boy who was simply playing and tripped, He saved his brothers and cousins life. there should be no question if these dogs should be put down. apparently you have to be the childs parent to understand. you arent the one who could have lost your life. you arent the one who almost lost a child, a friend a cousin a uncle. he is very much loved and i cant wait to know these dogs who brutally attacked him is put down.
  • by Travis Location: Vernon. on Mar 14, 2012 at 11:21 AM
    Why destroy the animals over the owner's neglect to keep the animals contained? There are plenty of hog hunters in the viewing area that would take those dogs and train them for catch dogs.
  • by ROSEA Location: SOUTHPORT on Mar 14, 2012 at 09:21 AM
    in live in a unincorperated section of bay co and my neighborhood is overrun with dogs just roaming the streets mainly from one person in the community even with the leash law you cant get the animal control to do anything the dogs usually turn over garbage tear things up poop all over the yards and all we hear from animal control is get a picture of the dogs doing things but time you get a camera and try and take a picture the dog has moved on wouldnt a picture of just a loose dog be suffencient for a control officer to explain too the owners that they have too keep their animals under control either on a leash or inside a secure fence speaking as an upset neighbor with trash all over the yard please be a responsible pet owner and keep your animals under control or animal control could just do their job
  • by pitbullluvr on Mar 14, 2012 at 09:06 AM
    This is for all the people that would like to learn about pitbulls please come out and join us
  • by pitbullluvr on Mar 14, 2012 at 08:53 AM
    So sad people don't even know what a pitbull looks like they see a bully dog and think it is a pitbull. Them dog are not pitbull bulls in them cages them are American bulldogs they is why our loving breed gets such a bad rap becuse people think every bulldog looking dog is a pitbull and OMG them dog bit someone they have to be a pitbull!!!! NOT Sad people have to pin all the bad stuff on the pitbull SICK i tell ya !!!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:34 AM
    Before it becomes state law not to have vicious dogs some one will have to die and the state will have to be sued. Law makers need to have their face rubbed in it before they can smell it.Just seeing it is not enough.
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