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Biloxi PD: Dog that attacked 15-year-old not in violation of leash law

Questions surrounding the law for pet restraint in the City of Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX) Questions surrounding the law for pet restraint in the City of Biloxi. (Photo source: WLOX)
According to Windom, the leash law in the city is simple. (Photo source: WLOX) According to Windom, the leash law in the city is simple. (Photo source: WLOX)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

Jaxon Ronsonet is back in the hospital fighting an infection after his leg was amputated due to a pit bull attack. Now, those involved are looking further into how it happened. They’re wondering if the dog was in violation of city leash laws.

It's been several long weeks for Jaxon and his family, and questions remain. Questions surrounding the law for pet restraint in the City of Biloxi.

"When stuff like this happens, of course everybody wants to start talking about it, but it's something that should have already been taken care of," said Destiny Fontan, Jaxon's aunt.

She said police had been called to her neighbor's property before in response to a dog being off its leash. Capt. Harold Windom oversees the animal control division of the Biloxi Police Department. 

According to Windom, the leash law in the city is simple.

"If your animal is within your property, you're fine. If it leaves your property without being leashed or under your control, you're in violation of the law," Windom said.

Was the dog that attacked Jaxon in violation?

"Is it a sad circumstance? Yes. But the dogs at that time were not off their property," said Windom.

Windom doesn't know of any calls made about the dog that attacked Jaxon, but that was not the only animal at that address. Travis Holloway's dog, Stormy, also calls it home. Holloway said not everyone in the neighborhood keeps their dogs on leashes.

"People in our neighborhood do let their dogs out and watch them in front of their yards without leashes on them," said Holloway.

He said he always puts Stormy on a leash, but a leash wasn't the only issue with the dog that bit Jaxon. That dog belonged to Holloway's brother and wasn't up to date on her vaccinations.

"My brother didn't know that the dog was supposed to have its shots every year," said Holloway.

As a result of this unfortunate incident, the dog had to be euthanized for rabies testing, and Jaxon's leg had to be amputated.

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