SHAKER HEIGHTS, Oh. — The Shaker Heights City Council has officially voted ‘NO’ on a proposal to put a ban on Pit Bulls in the town. The ordinance was proposed in November 2015, after 71-year-old grandmother Annie Williams, was attacked by a Pit Bull in July of 2015. William’s later succumbed to her wounds following the attack at her relatives home.
The city council put the proposed ordinance to vote on January 12th, 2016, with it failing after receiving a 5-2 vote against it. If the ordinance had been approved, Pit Bulls that are already a part of the community would be allowed to stay but no new Pit Bulls would be allowed to enter the town. Current Pit Bull owners would have also had to pay a $20 yearly registration fee.
The Pit Bull breed is one of the most misunderstood and discriminated against in the canine community.Yet, experts have previously revealed that banning the breed isn’t the answer and could in fact, lead to more problems. Pit Bulls are frequently abandoned to shelters and treated poorly due to the lack of understanding around the breed. For more information on the Pit Bull breed and why banning them isn’t the answer follow this link.
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