Pit Bulls are cause for concern

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, October 17, 2006

WINDSOR – If one Windsor man has his way, residents will not be able to own a Pit Bull.

Fin Rascoe came before the Windsor Board of Commissioners Thursday asking them to eliminate the dogs from town by passing an ordinance that would make it illegal to own them.

Rascoe said he had been in situations recently in which dangerous dogs in the town were not being handled properly and he felt something should be done.

“I’ve seen two children under (age) 18 attempting to walk Pit Bulls on King Street and Granville Street,” he said. “Attempting is the only way I can say it.”

Rascoe asked Mayor Bob Spivey and the town board to consider appointing a committee to study making Pit Bulls in the town illegal and setting guidelines for other dangerous dogs.

“I feel just having a chain on a dog like that is not adequate,” he said. “If I’m walking down the street with a child and the only thing separating us from the dog is a chain, what happens if the chain breaks?”

Spivey said the town ordinances called for specific guidelines for dangerous dogs. Those rules included a muzzle when the dog is being walked and a kennel for the dog to be housed in.

“The problem is, it doesn’t define what a dangerous dog is,” Spivey related.

The mayor then suggested it would be a good idea to form a committee to study the problem.

“In the meantime, the things that are in the ordinance need to be enforced,” Mayor Pro-Tempore Jimmy Hoggard said.

Spivey agreed and then appointed Rascoe and Commissioner Charles W.D. Fulk to work with community members who would be appointed later to research the issue.

In other business, the board:

* approved the rezoning of property to allow a U.S. Cellular tower;

* gave approval for an ordinance change to allow assembly halls, coliseums, ball rooms, meeting rooms, convention centers and banquet halls as permitted use in the M-I Industrial Zoning District;

* heard an update from Tim Ware of the Mid-East Commission; and

* agreed to make Queen Street one way from Gray Street to Dundee Street pending the approval of Police Chief Rodney Hoggard.