Sugar Hill City Council to consider banning pit bulls from city property

SUGAR HILL - People had better keep their pit bull dogs off city property, if City Council members approve a proposed ordinance.

In Monday's work session, the council will discuss a proposed ordinance that would prohibit pit bull dogs from entering any public park or any government property located within Sugar Hill's city limits. The fine for violating the ordinance would be $200 to $1,000.

"Pit bulls were for centuries developed and bred for the purpose of attacking other animals," the ordinance reads. It mentions the pit bull's massive jaws that can crush a victim with as much as 2,000 pounds of pressure per square inch.

"The mayor and council have determined that the ordinance is reasonable and necessary for the protection of the public," it reads.

The pit bull is defined as an American or Stratfordshire pit bull terrier, including mixed breeds.

The council will decide Monday whether to list the proposed ordinance on the City Council agenda. If it makes it to the agenda, the council will vote on Feb. 11 whether to approve or deny the ordinance.

Neither Councilman Nick Thompson nor Mayor Gary Pirkle immediately returned calls for comment.

SideBar: If you go

What: Sugar Hill City Council work session

When: 7 p.m. Monday

Where: City Hall Annex, 4988 W. Broad St., Sugar Hill