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Pit-bull vote on agenda in Rockwood

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By The Staff

By JENNIFER RAYMOND

rcraymond@bellsouth.net

The passage of an ordinance to ban pit bulls in Rockwood may go into effect tonight.

The first reading passed in January, and the second and final reading is on the agenda for the Rockwood City Council meeting at 7 p.m. in Rockwood City Hall.

The ordinance would ban any pit bulls from being brought into the city and would place restrictions on pit bulls already there.

Those restrictions would require owners to register their pit bulls, leash or muzzle them when not confined and kept them locked in a kennel when outdoors.

It would also require owners to post “beware of dog” signs and provide proof of liability insurance for $100,000.

The ban was initiated by Mayor Mike “Brillo” Miller.

Miller has said numerous times that he designed the ordinance to ensure the safety of Rockwood residents, especially children.

“I don’t want to have to answer why we didn’t address it when something bad happens,” Miller told council in a previous meeting.

The proposed ban has caused a lot of attention from groups against breed-specific legislation. Many of those opposing the measure are ex-pected to be at tonight’s meeting.