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Mother Proposes Ban On Pit Bulls

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by Vicki, Oct 5, 2007.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Mother Proposes Ban On Pit Bulls

    The mother of a pit bull victim addressed City Council members Thursday night, asking to ban the dogs from the city.

    Deborah Reyes, 9, and Carolina Pineda were mauled by two pit bulls that escaped their owner last Friday.

    Deborah and Carolina stood side by side in council chambers Thursday night while Deborah's mother, Flo Reyes, asked the council to help change a state law that prohibits bans on specific dog breeds. "I want them to change the law about the dogs," Reyes said. "Just as these attacks have happened before I can assure you it will happen again." Council members saw pictures of Deborah in a hospital that revealed her more than 100 stitches in her face, shoulder and leg.

    "We are very sorry this happened to your child," District 8 Councilwoman Diane Cibrian said. The Reyes family said it wants City Council members to pressure state lawmakers for a ban on pit bulls similar to one in Colorado.

    The family also asked council members to enforce stricter policies for pit bull owners.

    The Reyes family said pit bull owners should have 10-foot fences and the dogs should be outlawed from streets and sidewalks.

    Deputy City Manager Pat DiGiovanni said the city must be fair to dog owners since pit bulls are not the only ones attacking. "It's not all pit bulls and rottweilers that are causing fatalities and injuries in the U.S., so we have an issue obviously of due process and fairness," DiGiovanni said.

    Council members plan to discuss proposed animal ordinance revisions on Oct. 17. The dogs that attacked the girls were euthanized on Monday, and the dog owner received a misdemeanor charge under a new state law.

  2. jeoestreich

    jeoestreich GRCH Dog

    At least this guy, is thinking of the bigger picture and not just a small little piece of it. I wish more cities would have this thinking.

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