Dog prescription under review in Stoneville after pit bull attack
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, NC (WGHP) – Owners of certain dog breeds may soon be paying a registration fee if they live in the town of Stoneville.
Consideration of an amendment to the city’s animal ordinance comes after a woman was attacked by a pit bull.
She lives along Woodland Drive. She tells FOX8 that she took her dog for a walk on a hot November day. A neighbor’s pit bull came running towards her and attacked her dog. She lost part of her finger while trying to separate the two dogs.
“I was there the day this incident happened and it was one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen in my life. I just walked out the front door and heard the screams, ”said a neighbor at the Stoneville town council meeting on Tuesday night.
“It could have ended a lot worse than before, so we’re just taking action to make sure we have measures in place to prevent it,” said Perry Webster, city manager.
Webster introduced an amendment to the town’s animal ordinance at the meeting after hearing concerns from neighbors.
The amendment would require all owners to register their animals with the city. If it is a vicious or dangerous dog breed, they would pay a higher registration fee.
The amendment also updates the leash and muzzle requirements for certain breeds.
City council will make a final decision on the amendment and what consequences people might face if they do not follow it at their meeting on Tuesday, December 14.
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