Recent incidents call Newton's vicious dog ordinance into question
The latest in a string of incidents involving vicious dogs in the Newton community has prompted the Newton City Council to take a closer look at the city ordinance that defines and monitors such animals.
In an incident on the afternoon of Oct. 7, the Newton Police Department and Jasper County Animal Rescue League responded to a call involving two dogs running at large in the 400th block of E. 21st St. S. in Newton.
Eyewitness accounts by those in the neighborhood said that the two dogs, likely pitbulls, seemed to be playing with something in a neighbor's yard. Upon further inspection, it was determined that the dogs were playing with the body of a neighbor's pet cat, which they had previously killed.
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