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Clay residents plan to fight city's vicious dog ordinance

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A Clay couple says the city's so-called vicious dog ordinance is unfair and even go as far as to call it unconsitituional.

They're now taking their challenge to court.

Clay residents Stephen and Mary Schreiner allege that their rights as owners and as US citizens are violated by the ordinance.

It was passed in the summer of 2013 and specificially prohibits pit-bulls and pit-bull mixes.

Now It does allow residents who already own that type of dog to keep them, but the animal has to be registered and their are specific guidelines the owners must follow.

City leaders say the new ordinance is working, some residents though like the Schreiners say it violates rights under the Fifth, Sixth and 14th Amendements of the US Consitition.

Since the suit was filed, a facebook page has popped up encouraging people from all over to show up at the trial.

The page creators claim that the outcome of the trial will have implications on all breed specific legislation, not just the ordinance in Clay.

Arguments are set to begin Tuesday morning at 9 at the Jefferson County courthouse in downtown Birmingham.

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