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City of Nederland prompted to strictly enforce dog ordinance

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There is a pitbull problem in Bulldog Country. 

Nederland Police say loose dogs have been a problem for years but it's been an even bigger issue in recent weeks.

And 90 percent of those cases have involved a pitbull. 

Within the past few weeks there have been at least three cases where a pitbull harmed a dog or cat. 

Now the city is strictly enforcing the city's Dangerous Dog Ordinance to protect citizens and their pets. 

It only applies if the dog actually causes harm. 

Thursday Jerry Davis' pitbull "Runt" got out of the backyard and was captured by an animal control officer. 

Because Runt didn't hurt anyone, Davis only faces a dog at large citation. 

"I think they were scared of him because of the stereotypes given to pitbulls. He's a pitbull, he's a good dog. A friendly dog," Davis said of his dog Runt.

Under the ordinance the dog must be registered as a dangerous dog. The owner must post a sign warning neighbors. 

The owner must get at least $100,000 in liability insurance and the dog must be in a secure enclosure at all times.       

Those are just a few of the guidelines.


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