In an attempt to keep her dogs, a Camdenton resident spoke to the Board of Aldermen on Tuesday night, but wasn’t granted the right to keep her American bulldogs in the city. But the door is still open to revise a longstanding ordinance banning certain breeds of dogs within the city.
Weeks after purchasing her home inside the city limits, Misty Brown was told that she had to remove her two registered American Bulldogs from inside the city because she was in violation of the city’s pitbull ordinance. She received a ticket on Thursday, Nov. 13.
Camdenton has an ordinance banning pitbulls inside in the city limits that dates back to the late 1980s.
Even though Brown provided paperwork stating that the two dogs, Karma and Chaos, were registered American Bulldogs, not pitbulls, city officials say they display ‘characteristics of pitbulls’ so therefore she is in violation. In 2011, the city made an addendum to the ordinance that includes banning dogs that have similar physical characteristics to pitbulls. If a dog matches five of the eight physical characteristics, it can’t be within city limits.
“Our dogs show characteristics but are not pitbulls,” Brown told the board. “We would not have bought our home. They would never hurt anyone. They have never been aggressive.”
Brown asked the board to let her keep her dogs and to revisit the ordinance. Brown’s attorney, Mark Webb, was at her side at Tuesday night’s meeting.
Webb told the board that the ticket issued to Brown is standing for her to sue the city for an ‘arbitrary’ law.
“A mean dog comes from a mean owner,” Webb said in attempt to prove that the breed of the animal does not dictate the animal’s personality.
After almost an hour of discussion and back and forth with aldermen, the board did not give Brown permission to keep her pets inside the city. When asked if the city should rethink the current ordinance, city attorney Phil Morgan told the board no.
“She was issued a ticket. Now it is time for the court to decide,” Morgan said.
Police Chief Laura Wright provided the board with a packet that they are supposed to look over and be prepared to discuss at the next board meeting.
“They did not give me a chance,” Brown said of the board.
Now, Brown and her attorney must wait. They plan on seeing what the board discusses at its next meeting on Dec. 2.
Brown is due in court for her ticket in December. Brown must now pay for housing and shelter for her two dogs.