Warren County supervisors approve the amended animal protection ordinance
Published Thursday, November 17, 2022 at 3:00 PM
The Warren County Board of Supervisors voted on Nov. 7 to amend the county’s animal protection ordinance to ensure that the county’s district attorney and prosecutor have the authority to file claims whether the actual ordinance and Mississippi’s code relevant to the Regulation.
“That’s what we’re trying to do is get a little bit more clarity for enforcement,” said council attorney Blake Teller. “One of the issues is whether the prosecutor can prosecute violations of the animal ordinance in the district court and the district court. That has been a problem for law enforcement and our prosecutor.”
The amended ordinance, which was passed unanimously, states that any malicious pet, such as a dog or cat, must be confined by their owners and not allowed to roam free. The owner of such an animal places an appropriate sign on his property as a warning to the public.
Any female pet in heat should likewise be confined so that it does not come into contact with pets of the opposite sex, except for intentional breeding purposes.
A “dangerous or vicious animal” is defined in the Regulation as a cat or dog that attacks, chases or bites a person, or that habitually attacks other pets, livestock or poultry without provocation or attempted such actions, except where teased, harassed or assaulted or in defense of the owner or his property or his pets, livestock or poultry by a willful offender.
All pets over the age of three months must also be vaccinated against rabies and it is the pet owner’s responsibility to show proof of vaccination on the animal’s collar. Animals also need a securely attached tag with their owners’ names, addresses and phone numbers on it.
Free-roaming animals that are: dangerous or cruel, abused or neglected, in heat, or biting a person will be seized by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office and housed through the county’s contracted animal control agency, the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society .
If the seizing officer determines that the pet is dangerous, vicious, or in heat, the owner must ensure that the animal is confined or vaccinated before being released.
A $50 deposit is required to guarantee compliance; after verification of confinement or vaccination, whichever is required or if both are required, the security deposit will be returned to the owner.
A confiscated pet can only be released to its owner upon payment of all fees and charges required by this regulation.
If a seized animal is not claimed by its owner within five business days of being seized, it may be placed for adoption or destroyed in accordance with the policies and procedures of the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society.
The following additional compensation applies to the owners of animals seized for the above reasons:
- First installment within a calendar year: $25
- Second redemption within a calendar year: $50
- Third or subsequent redemption within a calendar year: $100
- Daily Impound Fee: $20 per day
A fee may also be charged at the discretion of the Vicksburg-Warren Humane Society if the animal is placed under rabies for observation.
Click here to view the full amended animal protection regulation.