“Vicious Dog Ordinance” listed on York City Council agenda


YORK, SC (FOX 46) — York City Council is set to discuss ‘vicious dog ordinances’ following an attack right before Christmas that left a veteran seriously injured. This ordinance has a lot of people talking – but it is still in the very early stages. 

A ‘vicious dog ordinance’ is listed on the agenda for York City Council Tuesday night. This has a lot of pet lovers crying foul in the community. 

Katherine Stewart told FOX 46 Charlotte she is a dog lover at heart, rescuing three pit bull mixes to add to her family. 

“My other dog was malnourished and really skinny,” she explained. 

When Stewart saw the ‘vicious dog ordinance’ she said she became concerned. 

“There are so many dogs that could be labeled that,” Stewart said. 

The uncertainty forced her to start a petition that has grown to 1,600 since Friday. 

The proposed ordinance is coming after a dog attack in York in Decemeber. Buddy Owens, 71, was seriously injured after two boxer and pit bull terrier mixes attacked him while putting up Christmas lights. He has since been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. 

“Of course we feel bad. That is nothing someone should go through. We need something intact because obviously it’s getting a little out of hand,” Stewart said. 

Stewart said she hopes the law doesn’t ban specific breeds, like pit bulls. 

“We have kids around them, we have other dogs around them, smaller dogs, they are just our family,” she said. 

Stewart and dozens of others plan to attend Tuesday’s city council meeting, in hopes of educating city leaders and coming to some sort of compromise. 

“We want them to know that it’s the owners of these dogs that cause the issues,” she said. 

Stewart told FOX 46 Charlotte the City of York did propose a ‘vicious dog ordinance’ years ago, but at that time council was told they could not make breed-specific laws. Tuesday night’s meeting starts at 6 p.m. at York City Hall. 

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