Monday, May 24, 2010

Garland unveils revised pit bull fencing requirements

Garland Animal Services has rolled out new fencing requirements for pit bulldogs and pit bull crossbreeds. One goal is to contain a breed responsible for the most dog bites in the city. But another ramification will remove the breed-specific ban for adopting out pit bulls and crossbreeds from its animal shelter in favor of matching the right dog with the right (properly fenced) home.
A full 27 percent of dogs caught running at large in the city are pit bulls. The new ordinance will require owners to maintain the animals within a 6-foot fence.
Pit bull owners are exempt from the new requirements if their dogs are properly registered prior to Aug. 1, and if they maintain compliance with all applicable ordinances such as the display of city tags and not allowing the dogs to run at large.
Pit bull dogs not registered prior to August 1, 2010 must be maintained within an enclosure that meets the requirements. Owners who obtain pit bull dogs after Aug. 1 must consider the cost of fence construction as a cost of owning a pit bull dog.
The fence requirements include:

  • The fence must be six feet tall, measured from the ground
  • The fence must be constructed of wooden planks at least ½ inch thick or 11 gage chain link fencing
  • There may be no gaps or openings larger than 2 inches
  • Fencing must be firmly attached to brace posts buried no less than 18 inches deep
  • All gates must have a locking mechanism that keeps the gates securely closed
Jason Chessher, the health department's environmental health administrator, said the city is still working through the revised adoption procedures, including the mechanism for fence checks and enhanced behavioral evaluations. He said the Animal Services Department hopes to be adopting out pit bulls by mid-June.

Dallas News

Update July 11, 2010 11:16pm - The following article is by Karel Holloway, The Dallas Morning News:

Don't forget: New fencing regs for pit bulls take effect Aug. 1

If your pit bull dog or pit bull crossbreed isn't registered with the city by August 1 you must meet new fencing requirements.
Garland passed the new regulations in May because of the numbe of bites by pit bulls. And 27 percent of the dogs got running loose in the city are pit bulls or pit bull mixes.
Owners of pit bulls registered by August 1 will be exempt as long as they keep the tags on the dog and don't let it run loose.
Other owners fence must meet the following requirements:

  • The fence must be six feet tall, measured from the ground.
  • The fence must be constructed of wooden planks at least ½ inch thick or 11 gage chain link fencing.
  • There may be no gaps or openings larger than 2 inches.
  • Fencing must be firmly attached to brace posts buried no less than 18 inches deep.
  • All gates must have a locking mechanism that keeps the gates securely closed.
Find out more here.

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