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Tupelo Pit Bull Ordinance Dies

The Tupelo City Council has passed on considering a tougher ordinance on dangerous pets.
TUPELO, Miss. (AP, abc24.com) - The Tupelo City Council has passed on considering a tougher ordinance on dangerous pets.

The issue died Tuesday when there was no motion and second to consider the ordinance, which would have labeled pit bulls as dangerous dogs and forced owners to pay $80 annually to register their pet.

Owners would have been required to take out insurance to cover a pit bull attack.

Opponents had argued breed-specific legislation unfairly punishes responsible pet owners and isn't truly effective anyway. Supporters said the tougher rules were necessary because of the city's high number of pit bull complaints.

Tupelo's existing dog ordinance remains in effect.

Supporters did not say if they would try to get the council to reconsider the issue.

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