Hammond to review dog laws

HAMMOND, La. (AP) - The Hammond City Council has instructed City Attorney Andre Coudrain to review the city's ordinances and laws regarding the keeping of vicious dogs, especially pit bulls, within the city's limits.

City officials tell The Advocate the action came Tuesday night in response to reports of an attack by two pit bulls that injured a child last week.

Councilman Lemar Marshall presented each council member with detailed information about dangerous and vicious dogs and what is being done in other communities to combat the problem.

He said after Coudrain completes his research, he hopes to hold a public hearing on the issue.

Mayor Mayson Foster said ordinances on the books require owners to keep such animals in enclosed spaces and to leash them when outside the confined area.

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