W.Va. Town Mulls Repeal Of Ban On Pit Bulls

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Ceredo, W.Va. (AP) -- Dog owners, animal shelter workers and others are asking the Ceredo city council to consider repealing a town-wide ban on owning pit bull terriers.

A petition drive has generated about 70 signatures in the Wayne County town, and opponents of the ban packed city hall on Monday to speak against it.

Steve Hardwick has received a citation from the city ordering him to give up his pit bull.

Hardwick says that would be like giving up a child.

Sue Brown of Little Victories Animal Rescue Group in Barboursville hopes the ordinance can be changed to require muzzles for the dogs instead of banning them outright.

Council members tabled the question, saying they want to study the breed and meet with brown before making a decision.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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  • by me on Oct 12, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    if you dont have enough sense to keep a dangerous mutt like that away from your children than it will be your own fault not if but when one of them gets attacked. put it down before it hurts someone.
  • by Bridget on Oct 12, 2009 at 01:59 PM
    Oh ALex and Bridget the Idget???? Lol very original, ha ha did you think that up all by yourself or did you look it up on the internet too???
  • by Bridget on Oct 12, 2009 at 01:56 PM
    omg... i was bit by a flea.... WILL SOMEONE PLEAS DO SOMETHING ABOUT FLEAS FOR ME!!!!!!!!!!!! Alex you are an idiot... my pit bull has been around children as young as 6 months old... they roll all over him and sit on him fall over him and pull on his ears and he has never done anything... actually he lays there and lets them play... so know about what your talking about before you speak moron
  • by me on Oct 10, 2009 at 11:11 AM
    these mutts are dangerous, regardless of what their owners say. everyone of them should be put down. along with all other breed of dangerous mutt.
  • by lovemypits Location: wood on Oct 9, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    Any dog can bite, any large breed can kill. So do we outlaw and kill all big dogs because they are potentially dangerous? There are many more dangers in this world to worry about. Wise up, stop blaming the breed. Many more potentially dangerous PEOPLE walking around, can we kill all of them just to be safe?
  • by Brooke on Oct 9, 2009 at 06:18 AM
    MrAlex.....you are a fool~and I am done arguing with you!
  • by No Debate Location: Parkersburg on Oct 9, 2009 at 06:16 AM
    Any dog that is taught to attack is going to attack and any dog that is well socialized ig going to live among us with little problem. Of course, there will always be exceptions to the rule but that should be dealt with on an individual basis. I don't think getting rid of a breed is the answer. As long as owners are informed and responsible then issues should be minimal. This doesn't have to be an all or none situation.
  • by dog owner Location: springhillpuppyfarm on Oct 8, 2009 at 08:26 PM
    If the people of this township want to allow certain kinds of dogs they should be allowed to have them.They should have provisions in their town ordinances for the maintaining of these animals.Some citys allow you to keep certain breeds of dogs but you must keep them at bay such as having them fenced in your property , or muzzled if in public. The owner is also responsible if the dog harms anyone.If a dog is raised right by it's owner they are usually as tame as any other breed . I know folks that have pit bulls that wold not hurt a fly .
  • by MrAlex Location: Parkersburg on Oct 8, 2009 at 07:22 PM
    To Brooke. You posted up your GPA average like it automatically makes you some sort of expert on pit bulls. Read the facts from the site dogsbite dot org. These dogs have been bred to fight since the 1800's. You can't breed this out of these dogs. Just like a beagle automatically knows to run rabbits, the pit bull knows how to attack. I wonder how many parents of children mauled by pitbulls made the same statement as you about how loving pitbulls are. Despite your 3.9 GPA you are an idiot to have small children around a dog bred to be vicious.
  • by Tabitha on Oct 8, 2009 at 05:12 PM
    Pit Bulls can live peacefully with other dogs and animals. However, the Pit Bull has historically been bred to take down large animals. Early and continual socialization can help a Pit Bull be more animal friendly. Genetics, however, play an important role in how the dog will respond to other dogs and animals. A Pit Bull that will fight another dog if unattended is a normal Pit Bull. Even if a Pit Bull does not start the fight, it has the potential to seriously injure or kill a dog once in the fight. The Pit Bull has been bred to not back down and withstand pain until the goal is met. This quality does not carry true in all Pit Bulls, but it is safe to assume it is a potential in any Pit Bull in order to avoid unnecessary problems.
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