CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Cincinnati may be cracking down harder on pit bull owners.
The city is proposing that all pit bull owners pay to register their dogs and then have their pet wear a special collar.
For years the city has grappled with the topic of pit bull ownership. Just three years ago, the city repealed a long time ordinance that
banned the breed altogether. But now Mayor Cranley wants to make some changes.
"The reality is that the injuries while other dogs bite people, the injuries sustained are far worse with pit bulls," said Cincinnati
Mayor John Cranley.
Katy Blanton with the Cincinnati Pit Crew says Cranley's opinion on pit bulls is misguided and this proposal discriminates against
"There's no dog breed one or the other that is inherently prone to bite or not bite, it is all about how a dog is managed," Blanton said.
Cranley says this proposal isn't targeting the responsible owners, but the bad ones. He cites the incident last summer when 6-year-old
Zainabou Drame was mauled by two pit bulls that came from a drug-ridden home.
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"The people who breed dogs to do vicious things and who allow dogs to do vicious things aren't going to get a collar and those are exactly
the dogs we want to take off the street," Cranley said.
"If I'm walking down the street with my dog and it has a bright yellow collar on because that's what the city says they have to wear,
that tells people that my dog is mean even if my dog is not mean," Blanton said.
The ordinance outlines a collar would cost $50 from the city but any pit bull not wearing the designated collar, could be "removed" or
"seized" by police or a dog warden.
"Dogs who may be heading in the wrong direction by bad owners would then be confiscated and then be re-positioned into a more loving family,"
Blanton says this legislation is regressive and needs instead to be breed neutral. She adds paying an extra $50 fee to adopt a pit
bull is ridiculous.
"Cincinnati already has a huge overpopulation problem with pit bulls in the SPCA and this does nothing but make that worse," Blanton said.
Mayor Cranley says they are flexible on the $50 fee and nothing is set in stone.
The Law and Public Safety Committee will take up the proposal on Monday 10:00 a.m. The earliest this could go to a council vote is Wednesday.