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Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - 4:44am

Douglasville Says ‘No’ To Pit Bull Ban

Updated: 4 years ago.
Lawmakers in Douglasville rejected a ban on pit bulls. The proposed ordinance would have allowed pit bull owners to keep their dogs if registered and muzzled in public. (Photo courtesy of Megupta via Flickr)

Douglasville lawmakers have narrowly rejected a proposed pit bull ban.

The ban was voted down 4-3 on Monday night as a capacity crowd looked on. Mayor Mickey Thompson has appointed a three-member ad hoc committee to bring back a dangerous dog ordinance for consideration on Oct. 28.

Had the ban been approved, the west Georgia city would have become one of the state's first to enact such a rule. The proposed ordinance would have allowed current pit bull owners to keep their dogs as long as they were registered and muzzled in public.

The measure gained momentum after a Douglasville woman was injured in July when she was bit by three loose pit bulls during a walk. In a separate incident, a police officer later had to shoot a pit bull that attacked a puppy.

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