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Vancleave Hog-Dog event organizers lose fight for permit


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Organizers of a Hog-Dog competition in Vancleave will have to shutdown their event. The Jackson County Planning Commission voted four to one Wednesday to deny the landowner a permit to host the event on private property.

For two years, the Hog-Dog competition, which puts dogs and pigs in the ring for entertainment, has attracted hundreds of people to Old Fort Bayou Road.

"Our dogs are worth thousands of dollars and we love them. Our hogs, we love them," Reggie Little said.

Little is one of the hosts of the Hog-Dog Competition in Vancleave where dogs go into a ring to round up a wild hog.

"The dog is judged on its ability to contain the hog and bring it to bay," Little said.

The competition takes place on the 37 acre Fort Bayou Ranch, which is in a residential area of Vancleave. Earlier this month, the Jackson County Planning Department said it began receiving calls about the event causing problems in the Old Fort Bayou neighborhood. So the department told organizers they'd need a permit for future events.

With another event next weekend, the group told the Jackson County Planning Commission it needs the permit as soon as possible.

"Most of the people that come there, they train the dogs at their house," event supporter John Tillman said.

"It is in complete and total control," Little said.

But neighbors disagree, calling the competition nothing more than a noisy, nuisance.

"The barking, the howling, the pigs squealing," neighbor Cathy Capley said.

Lydia Sattler is from the Humane Society of the U.S. She told commissioners the event puts boars and dogs in danger.

"Several pictures from the Hog-dog website show that there's contact. There is biting of each other, dogs flying in the air," Sattler said.

After an hour of listening to both sides, Jackson County Planning Commissioners voted against allowing Hog-Dog events in Vancleave.

"I just don't think it is in harmony with the community," Commissioner Rickey Murphy said.

Those fighting to keep the Hog-Dog events running were visibly upset about the decision.

"No ma'am, I don't want to talk no more," Tillman said.

The planning commission said the decision can be appealed, But organizers would not comment Wednesday on whether they will take that next step.

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