City to Discuss Changes to Pit Bull Ban Proposal

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The next debate over banning Pit Bulls in city limits will take place Monday night at a Springfield City Council meeting.

The issue was last discussed at the Sept. 18 meeting, but several amendments have been proposed since then. A lot has happened since then, including a Pit Bull attack on a Springfield family’s cat. KOLR10 sat down with the owner, George Cron, Sunday night.

“He survived it,” Cron said. “Apparently these Pit Bulls were playing tug-of-war with him.”

His 16-year-old cat, Soup came face to face with two Pit Bulls in his front yard last Monday, just as the city of Springfield is slated to ban the breed, citing an increase in the number and severity of Pit Bull bites.

Of course there are two sides to every story, and Cron admits, he probably doesn’t take the side you’d guess.

“I don’t want to punish a breed,” Cron said. “I don’t want a breed to be discriminated against, you know.”

The basics of the ordinance would stop new Pit Bull registration in city limits, and require those previously registered be on a leash in public or confined at home. It would also detail rabies vaccination, microchipping and spay/neuter rules. But ultimately, it would authorize the city to destroy any non-compliant Pit Bull found in the city.

The humane society currently has about five or six Pit Bull mixes, but if the ordinance passes, it’s worried that could quickly increase.

“Our bigger concern is what we’re going to do not being able to adopt in the city limits,” Sally Nail with the Humane Society of Southwest Missour said.

Nail is unsure what regulations will be made regarding the breed in her shelter, but she has her worries.

“They’re great pets and they’re going to sit in our kennels longer and not being able to go to homes,” she said.
    
It’s one of the amendments on the agenda for Monday’s meeting. Other proposed changes include establishing a minimum fine for violating the ordinance and moving the effective date from Oct. 1 to Jan. 1, 2018.

As for Soup, he’s back on top ruling the neighborhood. His owner suspects city council will be in a much tougher spot monday.

“Just like people, we all have our good side and we all have our bad side,” Cron said. “There’s pluses and minuses to anything.”
    
In other states, there are laws against breed-specific legislation. But there’s nothing like that in Missouri. It’s estimated that nearly 100 municipalities in the state have breed-specific bans.

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