Rottweilers and Pit Bulls were banned in Moreauville, Louisiana on Oct. 13, and a letter was sent out to owners saying that if they didn’t get rid of them by December 1st that they would be taken for “further disposition.”
RT reports the story of one young woman in town, O’Hara Owens, who is fighting to keep her Pit Bull, Zeus.
‘Due to severe neck disabilities, Owens is required to wear a halo brace and use a wheelchair. She said Zeus, her “therapy dog,” is a beloved member of the family.
“If anything ever happened to him…I probably would just shut down,” she told KALB.
Pit Bulls and Rottweilers were deemed too dangerous by Moreauville aldermen, who banned the breeds last month.
Zeus has never received complaints or bitten anyone, according to Owens’ family.
“[Zeus’] breed is not vicious. It’s the owner. It is the way that you raise them,” Owens said.
Owens’ parents tried to fight the ordinance, but they were overpowered.
“And I had asked the question, ‘Well what if I don’t give you my dog?’” asked Joanna Armand, O’Hara’s mother. According to her, she was told “the dog would be disposed of and we would be fined.”
Village Alderman Penn Lemoine said the ordinance materialized after several residents had expressed a need for action.
“We had several residents that were complaining about not being able to walk along the neighborhoods because these dogs were basically running along town,” Lemoine told KALB.
Lemoine said there had been some dog attacks but he didn’t “think they’re documented.”
The alderman would not clearly state whether captured dogs would be killed upon Dec. 1.
“If that’s what the ordinance says, then that’s what it says,” he said.
Lemoine said he owned a German Shepard, but he considered Pit Bulls and Rottweilers particularly “vicious.”
“They’re going to have to take him from my cold, dead hands before they get a hold of him,” Owens said.’
The family have started a petition to challenge the ordinance. Click HERE to sign
‘Moreauville, Louisana, has placed a vicious dog ban against pit bulls and Rottweilers! On December 1, all pits and Rotts will be confiscated and taken to a local veterinary clinic to be disposed of.
This ban should be lifted and Zeus, our family pet who just so happens to be a pit bull, should be saved and allowed to come back home where he belongs with his family!’