Killeen: City Leaders Discuss Vicious Animal Ordinance

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email


KILLEEN (May 6, 2014)--During the workshop Tuesday, the council heard a presentation from Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin. 

Baldwin said so far this year Killeen Animal Control has responded to more than 100 animal bites. 

Baldwin's presentation looked at certain aspects in Killeen's vicious animal ordinance and weighed them against different options some Texas cities are currently implementing. 

The council is now considering banning animals that have been deemed dangerous and looking at the option of ordering them be put down after an unprovoked attack. 

An animal is considered dangerous if it displays vicious behavior or attacks or bites someone. 

But according to Killeen Animal Control currently there is only one dog within the city limits that fits the criteria that is with its owners. 

The council is also looking at making microchipping mandatory and adding more animal control officers.

The city currently has five. 

The council has asked members of the animal advisory board to begin work on provisions to the ordinance on these concerns. 

The board meets next Thursday at 12 p.m., at City Hall. 

The meeting is open to the public.  (Rachel  Cox)


 

 

 

KILLEEN (May 6, 2014) During a workshop Tuesday Killeen City Council Members discussed the city's current vicious animal ordinance.

The current ordinance says that owners could face citations and fines if they know their dog has bitten or attacked someone and continues to do nothing about it.

The owners could also face fines currently if animal control officials find that their animals are dangerous.

The ordinance also says dangerous or vicious dogs may be destroyed by an animal control officer without consent of the owner if needed.

Pet owners who do not restrain their animals may also face fines ranging from $200 to $500 according to the ordinance.

Mayor Dan Corbin said the issue will be discussed to look at what options the council has when making the community safer.

Councilmember and Animal Advisory Committee Chairman Jonathan Okray said he's worried dangerous and vicious dogs have become a safety and quality of life issue in the city of Killeen.

Okray said there would be no vote to change the ordinance in Tuesday's meeting.

The council will also discuss the issue in another meeting on May 13 at City Hall.

The Killeen Animal Advisory Board is set to meet to also discuss the issues and possible changes during a meeting at 12 p.m., on May 15 at City Hall.

State law does not allow cities to ban certain breeds like officials have done on post at Fort Hood.

Currently people living on post are not allowed to have pit bulls, bull terriers, Rottweilers, Doberman pinschers, chows, coyotes, wolves or jackals.

Many residents have expressed their concern in light of recent dog attacks in Bell County this year.

Two toddlers have been killed by dogs.

Okray said there have been four serious attacks in Killeen within the last three months in which someone was taken to the hospital.

In February 2-year-old Je'vaeh Mayes was killed by a pit bull her family was watching for a friend.

Then in March 2-year-old Raymane Camari Robinson Jr., was was attacked and dragged down a Killeen street by a neighbor's bull mastiff that broke free and killed the toddler.

The dog also attacked an 8-year-old girl that was walking with him.

According to court records the person watching the dog was fined $591 for the incident.

Camari's mother, Angela Robinson, says the fine is a far cry from justice and is pushing for harsher rules for owners of dangerous dogs.

She has started the site noviciousdogs.com, in hopes of sharing her son's story.

Robinson has said she will also be at the upcoming meetings pushing for a change in the ordinance.


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