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12:17 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Kentucky Town Considering Banning Pit Bulls

FLEMINGSBURG, Ky. -- Officials in a northeastern Kentucky city are considering a ban on pit bulls. Flemingsburg Mayor Marty Voiers told The Ledger Independent that officials have had several complaints about the animals.

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"We have had numerous complaints about the dogs running lose and we've had incidents with people being chased and bit," he said. "The council thought it would be best to ban the dogs before something more serious happened."

Voiers said the city's current ordinance allows the animals with some restrictions.

"We allowed the dogs, but registration and insurance had to be maintained," he said. "If something happened, the dogs were taken away."

The City Council took a unanimous vote on Monday to ban the breed from the city. A second vote is needed before the change would take effect.

The council meets again on June 10. Voiers said if the ban is approved again at that meeting, it will begin 30 days later.

"If someone is found to have a pit bull on their property, they will be asked to remove it," Voiers said. "If they don't, the (Flemingsburg) police will remove the dog and the owners will face a fine."