City of Fairfield pit bull ban to remain in place

Published: Oct. 15, 2019 at 11:40 PM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (FOX19) - You are still not allowed to have a pit bull in the City of Fairfield after a vote Tuesday night to keep the city’s current animal control ordinance in place.

The breed has been banned by the city for more than a decade.

Most community members who spoke before city council were on board with the idea of getting rid of the ban.

“You can never judge a book by its cover, regarding the pit bull ban, I feel like those rules apply to this same thing."

“I believe that all animals have differences, but little dogs can be mean just as big dogs can be mean."

“It’s all in the way that the dog is raised. I have scars all over the place from rescuing little dog... I have never ever been bitten by a pit bull."

Others say they supported keeping the ban in place.

“The pit bull is adorable, they’re cute dogs but their DNA, they’re just like people... they have a mean streak in them. I just firmly believe they are vicious."

The ordinance would have allowed pit bulls within city limits but it also would have required all dog owners to purchase liability insurance for their dogs that would have to cover up to $10,000.

After comment from some of the city council members, by a four-to-three vote, it was decided to keep the ordinance as it is.

Because the State of Ohio no longer has breed-specific bans, the City of Fairfield might have to defend itself in court.

Previously, the City of Reynoldsburg, which is near Columbus, tried to do just that and lost.

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