More Changes Possible to Controversial Garland Co. Dog Ordinance

Changes will be discussed Monday during a committee meeting.
LITTLE ROCK, AR --  Changes could be coming to Garland County's highly-debated vicious dog ordinance.

Leaders passed the measure in July, requiring owners to keep pets inside a fence or on a leash while walking.

But Animal Control manager Dan Bugg says some of the language in the ordinance needs to be clarified.

For instance, owners must post "beware of dog signs," but the ordinance doesn't mention what size the sign should be.
"Right now the way it reads, a person can put up a piece of cardboard, Post-it notes, anything, and supposedly give someone due diligence in giving someone notice. But in actuality, it's not doing that," Bugg said.

The proposed changes must first go through the committee phase.

If it passed there, it will then go to the Quorum Court, where members will have the final vote.

Bugg said his recommended changes are minor and will not affect the law's main purpose.

"As we go into enforcement of the ordinance, I saw a few issues that we needed to address and need clarification on, so we can go forward without hesitation," said Bugg.

The ordinance goes into effect Oct. 9.

The proposed changes will be discussed Monday during a committee meeting.

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