City leaders vote against pit bull crackdown - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

City leaders vote against pit bull crackdown

Cincinnati city leaders are expected on Monday to discuss a proposal cracking down on bad pit bull owners. (FOX19 NOW/file) Cincinnati city leaders are expected on Monday to discuss a proposal cracking down on bad pit bull owners. (FOX19 NOW/file)

Cincinnati city leaders on Monday shot down a proposal to crack down on bad pit bull owners.

The failed measure would have required pit bull owners to pay to register their dogs. Officials also proposed the animals wear special collars.

“Mayor Cranley's Breed Specific legislation fails in Public Safety committee. Smitherman, Flynn, Simpson vote against Mayor's proposal,” council member Chris Seelbach tweeted.

Mayor John Cranley called for pit bull owners to pay a $50 fee, saying the measure isn't targeting responsible owners, just the bad ones.

The proposed law stated any pit bull "not" wearing the designated collar, could be "removed" or "seized" by police or a dog warden.

Those dogs could then be moved to a family that would properly care for the dog. Cranley says injuries sustained by pets are far worse with pit bulls.

The plan is upset an organization supporting the breed called Cincinnati Pit Crew.

They say there is not dog breed that is prone to bite or not bite, it's all about how the dog is managed. Several pit bull owners say if they're seen walking down the street, and their dog has on a bright yellow collar, everyone will think their dog is mean, even if it isn't.

The Cincinnati Pit Crew suggests such laws should be breed neutral.

Copyright 2015 WXIX. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly