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Mar 25, 2010 11:15 AM by Katie Durio

Pit Bull Ordinance Passed in St. Mary Parish

FRANKLIN, La. (AP) - The St. Mary Parish Council has unanimously

adopted an ordinance regulating the ownership of pit bulls in

unincorporated areas of the parish.

The strict measures, which go into effect July 1, levy several

restrictions on owners of the dogs, including living at the same

physical address at which the dogs are housed; being at least 21

years old; providing proof of rabies vaccinations; and ensuring the

dog has been micro-chipped.

Owners also have to pay a one-time license fee of $50 per pit

bull as well as post "Beware of Dog" signs on their property.

Several pit bull owners spoke out against the ordinance

Wednesday saying they are being punished for the actions and

neglect of irresponsible dog owners.

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