Nocona City Leaders Approve Dog Ordinance Changes

Nocona City Leaders Approve Dog Ordinance Changes

Two dog attacks, in a matter of weeks, are sparking the conversation of pooch problems in Nocona. City leaders spent the night addressing those problems at the city council meeting Tuesday.

Councilors considered new standards along with a new ordinance providing a new definition for the word dangerous dog.
Before tonight, a vicious dog was labeled as such only when a dog attacked a person. However, with the approval of a new ordinance tonight, dogs will now be labeled dangerous if they attack another dog.

The change in ordinance was sparked by the death and serious injury of two area pets. One of those pets was a puppy named Sam. A man's best friend, for Carl Partin was killed in a dog attack roughly two weeks ago.

"These two dogs climbed my four foot fence they brutally attacked and savagely tore at Sam until a brave woman visiting a neighbor jumped my fence and used bricks and rocks beat those vicious dogs off of Sam," said Partin.

That's why tonight he stood front and center asking Nocona city leaders for answers.

"I would like to point out the fact that in the current ordinance a dog attacking another dog or killing another dog isn't addressed," said Partin.

A point in the ordinance city leaders voted to change. While one concern was addressed, Anthony Young had questions of his own.

"From what I hear is my dogs got loose, attacked his dog and killed it," said Young.

Young's two pit bulls were taken after the attack, he's still working to get them back. Neither owner was there to witness the attack, but Young claims his dogs shouldn't be deemed vicious.

"The dogs that I have, have been house dogs since I got them. I've had them around my kids, anyone that's known or seen me…knows that my dogs are not vicious," said Young.

However, his dogs aren't the only ones sparking discussion. Another resident's dog was attacked under a fence.

"I think defining a vicious dog is difficult and I think labeling it to a certain breed is even more difficult," said the local veterinarian.

After a swift approval for a new ordinance residents will now be facing new guidelines.
 
Young said he has put up a gate with locks, he's added signs with "beware of dog" on them, he has insurance, and has waited for a ten day quarantine. Tuesday night Nocona city leaders said there were still some questions regarding his insurance. However, if Young meets the city's requirements within a 30 day period then they will not be euthanized.

Along with changing the standard for a dangerous dog the new ordinance will also make it unlawful for residents to keep their animals chained or tethered outside, without the direct supervision of the owner.