Flint Pit Bull owners outraged over possible new ordinance
Sat, 09 Nov 2013 23:24:12 GMT —
Pit Bullâ??s and owners are circling Flint City Hall to demonstrate their pets obedience and steer the city away from stricter requirements.
But the already responsible owners are outraged saying a new ordinance singles out the misunderstood breed.
"Itâ??s not the responsible owners like you see out here its people who aren't here that have their dogs training to be aggressive," said Pit Bull advocate Cortney Hughes.
Flint's 1987 ordinance currently requires owners to register 'vicious dogs' with the clerks' office.
The problem is there is no definition of what makes a dog vicious and no owners have come forward.
"The city has lots of ordinances, the city needs to be selective on which ones they want to enforce," said Flint resident David Caswell.
Councilman Sheldon Neeley is proposing Pit Bull's to be registered at the police department.
"The wrong answer here is to do nothing at all there have been several dog attacks reported over this past summer," said Councilman Sheldon Neeley.
The ordinance would require a $20 to $30 one time registration fee with police.
And owners could be hit with a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail if a Pit Bull attacks someone.
"I donâ??t have any problem at all with the city of flint taking action against these irresponsible citizens," said Caswell.
As long as the breed of Pit Bull isn't being singled out.
An issue councilman neeley is open to hear suggestions about.
"Were going to try to resolve it with all minds of like thinking included," said Neeley.
Pit Bull advocates are encouraging the councilman to consider all breeds potentially vicious because all Pit Bulls aren't the same.
"They are raised around our kids its part of our family itâ??s a family pet," said Hughes.
According to dogsbite.org there are currently 44 states with municipalities having breed specific legislation. And 12 states having constitutionally upheld breed specific laws.