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City Council and Pit Bull Supporters Clash in Clay

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People packed a small room at Clay City Hall where many voiced strong opposition to the city's new vicious dog ordinance. 

The ordinance places a ban on pit bulls and pit bull mixes.  Dog owners say they aren't taking the new restriction lying down. 

" It will grandfather in pre-existing dogs in the area but after those dogs pass away no one is allowed to bring in any future animals," said Joseph Honeycutt, who attended the meeting. 

"They are going to get rid of pit bulls instead of keeping a leash law, keeping all dogs off the road, " said Donna Barnett, a pit bull owner. 

The city council heard from passionate owners who say pit bulls are being discriminated against.  They say the breed isn't overly aggressive. 
 
The issue took center stage after reports surfaced of Sheriff Mike Hale's encounter with a pack of aggressive dogs.  He said' he fired shots at the animals when they approached him twice.  

City leaders in Clay want to make sure people in the city don't encounter aggressive dogs on the loose. 

"When you own a pit bull it's apart of your family.  When you own any dog it's apart of your family. But when you have something that's being threaten to be taken way from you, you're going to stand-up for it, " said Honeycutt. 

The Clay City Council said it would revisit the ordinance after some deliberation and that didn't go over well with the crowd. 

The vicious dog ordinance is now effect but pit bull owners hope it'll soon change. 

 

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