Garland Animal Services has rolled out new fencing requirements for pit bull dogs and pit bull crossbreeds. One goal is to contain a breed responsible for the most dog bites in the city. But another ramification will remove the breed-specific ban for adopting out pit bulls and crossbreeds from its animal shelter in favor of matching the right dog with the right (properly fenced) home.
A full 27 percent of dogs caught running at large in the city are pit bulls. The new ordinance will require owners to maintain the animals within a 6-foot fence.
Pit bull owners are exempt from the new requirements if their dogs are properly registered prior to Aug. 1, and if they maintain compliance with all applicable ordinances such as the display of city tags and not allowing the dogs to run at large.
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