Jackson, Miss. looks at pit bull ban
The city council in Jackson, Miss., plans to reconsider a proposal to ban pit bulls from the city after last month’s death of a five-year-old girl.
City Councilman Jeff Weill believes he has enough votes to ban pit bull terriers from the city, the Clarion-Ledger reports.
Weill, who has long pushed to ban pit bulls, had all but abandoned his idea. But the Feb. 12 attack that killed Anataisa Bingham in Terry has rekindled concerns.
The city considered outlawing pit bulls in 2006, but ban was removed from a proposed ordinance when pit bull owners and breeders complained.
Only two council members oppose banning the breed, one of whom, Tony Yarber, is a pit bull owner.
Weill said he plans to bring the ban up for a vote next week at a meeting of the council’s rules committee. If it passes, the ordinance would move to the full council for public hearings and a final vote.
Weill suggested the ban could be gradual, and said it might make exceptions for pit bulls that are already family pets.
Posted by John Woestendiek March 3rd, 2010 under Muttsblog.
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