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Ruling on Clay vicious dog ordinance expected next week

By Gary Lloyd

CLAY — A ruling on whether or not Clay’s vicious dog ordinance is unconstitutional is expected by the end of next week.

On Tuesday, animal owners and Clay city officials testified at the Jefferson County Courthouse in downtown Birmingham.

The trial was over Tuesday. Attorneys are expected to have their briefs submitted to Judge Joseph Boohaker by Friday.

Boohaker is expected to announce his decision by Friday, Sept. 12.

The Clay City Council in June 2013 approved the “vicious dog” ordinance, which bans pit bulls and other “vicious dogs” in city limits. Mary and Stephen Schreiner are plaintiffs in the court case.

The Clay City Council in March voted unanimously in favor of a new leash ordinance to help curb the number of loose animals in the area.

Contact Gary Lloyd at news@trussvilletribune.com and follow him on Twitter @GaryALloyd.

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