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Dog owners in Bronwood may soon have strict new rules to follow.

Commissioners are discussing whether to adopt a section of the Terrell County ordinance pertaining to dangerous dogs.  Just last week, a woman was attacked by two pit bulls while she was walking down a street.  Bronwood has a leash law, but they don't have a dangerous dog ordinance. The Terrell County animal control director requested the city consider adopting a portion of their ordinance.

Monday night folks on both sides of the issue voiced their concerns, which delayed any action.

Bronwood may be a small city, but they are dealing with a big problem "When I walk out my house I see dogs. I look out my window, I see a Bulldog," said Rosie Alston.

Nowadays, she says stray dogs are just about everywhere. From wandering down the road to hanging outside people's homes.  "They are everywhere, I'm talking about everywhere and there is nothing we can do about it," she said.

In some cases these stray dogs can be very dangerous. Just last week, a woman was attacked by two pit bulls. The owner was charged with a leash law violation.

City officials in Bronwood want to make sure that doesn't happen again.  Monday night commissioners met to discuss adopting a section of the Terrell County ordinance pertaining to dangerous dogs.

Folks on both sides of the issue showed up to voice concerns at the meeting. A man described his fears riding his bike down the road. Also, folks showed up to defend the pit bull breed.

"We want citizens to be happy, we want citizens to have animals but we also have to make sure those animals are being taken care of and that our children and our citizens are safe to walk down the street," said Davina Davila, City manager.

Bronwood has a dog ordinance and a leash law in place, but the rules are not being followed and without a city court, their hands are tied. Thankfully, Terrell County has been helpful in helping out. "If we can bring back our city court it will be easier for the city to enforce these ordinances and have this stuff rectified," she said.

But she says she wants to clarify, this ordinance is not geared towards all dogs. It also is not just geared towards pit bulls.  "What we are trying to explain to people was that it was not all dogs it was just dogs that could be a danger to other people...and sometimes strays are the worst," she said.

She says they are working to help make the city a safer place to live. She says the bottom line is there are too many dogs and not enough people taking care of them.

In the meantime, the city manager says she will work to get the city up to state standards. Then they will work alongside the Terrell County animal control director and come up with a resolution.