Martinsburg City Council adopts vicious dog ordinance

July 31, 2003

City Council adopts vicious dog ordinance

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - After Berkeley County officials spent months creating and then tweaking an ordinance that deals with vicious dogs, City of Martinsburg officials adopted it in seconds at their own Wednesday evening.

At their meeting, Martinsburg City Council members unanimously voted to adopt the ordinance. As a result, the ordinance can be applied to vicious dogs that are seized within city limits.

County officials created the ordinance.

Under the ordinance, a dog that is declared vicious will be destroyed. However, its owner can appeal that decision to a five-person panel of volunteers.

Block grant request sent to state agency

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - City Council members voted unanimously Wednesday evening to forward a $350,000 grant application to the West Virginia Development Office's Small Cities Block Grant Program.


If the grant is awarded, officials with the Telemon Corp. would use the money to renovate owner-occupied and rental housing of low-income residents.

Before voting, City Councilman Roger Lewis asked whether applying for the grant on behalf of Telemon would affect other grant applications of the city. City Manager Mark Baldwin said it would not.

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