Jemison enforces leash law

Published 8:15 pm Monday, June 4, 2012

Despite Jemison’s ordinance prohibiting dogs from roaming free, city leaders have received several calls in the last few weeks suggesting that some residents are not obeying the ordinance.

Resident Vickie Edwards has placed at least one of those calls.

Edwards told Mayor Eddie Reed and council members Monday night that a neighbor’s dog has come into her yard multiple times and lunged at her and her grandchildren.

“If the dog kills me, I’m ready to go,” Edwards said. “But my grandbabies, no.”

The ordinance states that dogs must be kept on a leash or within a yard with a fence that is at least 8 feet tall.

“The city of Jemison has a leash law,” said Police Chief Shane Fulmer. “We will apprehend the dog and write every homeowner there a ticket. We’ll solve that situation.”

Reed echoed Fulmer’s comments, adding, “We’re not going to tolerate it in Jemison. It’s just not the way we’re going to do business.”

In other business, the council approved an alcohol license for Panther Pit Stop on U.S. Highway 31 in Jemison.

Reed provided a report on the Jemison Public Library’s Fairytale Fun event May 31, calling it a “great turnout” and thanking librarian Tammie McGriff for organizing it.

“Our librarian had magnificent entertainment for our youth and for our city,” he said. “She did an awesome job. We appreciate that.”