Carroll County supervisors next week will look at a proposal to ban or put strict rules on pit bulls.
Published reports say board attorney Kevin Horan told the board he believed the county could enact a ban on the dogs that would be upheld.
However, he said a ban would be more difficult than the alternative of regulating other aspects of pit bull ownership.
Supervisors asked Horan to draw up a proposed ordinance they can look at Monday.
The call for a pit bull ordinance came in the wake of a fatal attack on a child by two pit bulls in Holmes County on March 31.
Sheriff Jerry Carver told the board pit bulls have become a problem in the county.
Carver said the dogs are being dropped off in Carroll County because of a new ordinance in Grenada County. Winona also has passed an ordinance concerning the dogs, he said.
Carver said his department also gets calls regularly about dogs, especially pit bulls and Rottweilers.
“Two got out and killed someone’s animals,” he said. “We need to do something before a child winds up dead.”
Doll Stanley, director of the Hope Animal Sanctuary in Grenada, said any ordinance should include a requirement that the pit bull owner have liability insurance.
“They could keep them in the house but not close to schools, churches or day care,” she said.
“All counties around here have ordinances,” Sharon Stone, a member of the Leflore County animal shelter board, told supervisors. “Pits are everywhere. They’re our number one phone call.”