Floyd County Commissioners officially removed the “vicious dog” ordinance during its meeting on Tuesday.
The move comes following a recommendation from the Animal Welfare board after a review on national data.
The ordinance does retain restrictions in three generic categories “vicious”, “potentially dangerous” and “dangerous”.
Vicious shows that dogs have a tendency to bite without provocation, potentially dangerous shows that dogs repeatedly try to attack people and dangers refers to dogs that have caused severe injury.
The move simply gives levels of enforcement for animals based on behavior, not for its breed.
The Public Animal Welfare Service will now allow residents to adopt pit bulls from its shelter.
Officials with PAWS said that they will monitor an animal’s behavior before adopting it out. The animals must show that they will not fight over food, show aggression or have been subjected to “known cruelty”.
After decades of pit bulls being considered “vicious”, a new ordinance in Floyd County will remove the breed from the list that sets numerous limitations.
The removal means that owners now do not have to keep the dogs inside a 5 foot fence that is secured with a childproof lock and retained by a leash or chain. It also means that the breed will be able to be adopted out the PAWS shelter.
Floyd County Commissioners is also expected to eliminate the vicious dog ordinance that includes the Staffordshire bull terrier and the American Staffordshire terrier next Tuesday during their meeting.
Officials with PAWS said that the new ordinance will allow for better odds of more dogs finding homes.