WAXHAW, N.C. -- The town of Waxhaw has a new Animal Control Ordinance following the January death of a 5-year-old girl who was attacked by pit bulls.
Makayla Woodard was picture perfect.
“She was a good kid, so beautiful. And so smart, and she was loved,” said Woodard’s cousin just days after the five-year-old was mauled to death by a neighbor’s pit bulls.
And after months of sadness and debate, town commissioners in Waxhaw are hoping they now have an ordinance that will prevent another tragedy.
Their new law will outline how dogs must be restrained. It will also limit to five the number of dogs per acre a family may have.
But could the new ordinance have prevented Woodard’s death?
“No one can answer that. I wish I could say yes, but I can’t,” said Waxhaw Mayor Daune Gardner.
The ordinance will go into effect in January. In addition to the new law, Waxhaw now has an animal control officer to help with enforcement.
"It's something that will resonate with every home owner here for decades," said one resident. "It won't be forgotten."