City leaders reject vicious dogs ordinance

Trumann City Council votes against the ordinance 6-4

City leaders reject vicious dogs ordinance

TRUMANN, Ark. (KAIT) - City leaders rejected a proposal to allow dogs deemed vicious back into Trumann.

At Tuesday's city council meeting, councilmembers voted against the vicious dog ordinance 6-4.

Region 8 News has been tracking this ordinance since it was first introduced back in December.

The city banned the American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier and any dog that conforms to the breed from being within five square miles of Trumann since 2011.

Councilman Matthew Miller sponsored and supported this amended ordinance from the beginning.

Right before those votes were made Tuesday night, he told his fellow councilmembers to give it a chance.

Miller even offered to make more amendments.

“I am trying to be progressive by giving an alternative for the current ordinance that’s in place," Miller said. “I really think the ordinance that I present would really stand up better in the court of law compared to the one we currently have. I am going to restructure and resubmit for next month.”

Miller said he is disappointed, but he is not done fighting for the rights of pits bulls and their owners.

“Punish the deed and not the breed,” Trumann resident Tracey Cooper said back then.

Fast forward to February, where Councilman Matthew Miller considered changes to the ordinance.

But during Tuesday evening's meeting, that ordinance to bring back those vicious dogs failed.

The city council also played host to the supporters of a recently removed skate park that became the center of a lawsuit.

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