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Putnam removes breed-specific language from dog ordinance
Pit bulls no longer being singled out
By Veronica Nett, Staff writer, Advertiser
May 4, 2010
WINFIELD, W.Va. — Putnam County commissioners changed the county’s vicious dog ordinance Tuesday to remove any language that singled out pit bulls.
[...] On Tuesday, Commissioner Gary Tillis was the dissenting vote against changing the ordinance.
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Putnam Commissioners Amend Vicious Dog Ordinance
Posted: 12:34 PM May 4, 2010
Reporter: Anna Baxter, Email Address: email@example.com
PUTNAM COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) –
“The problem I had with the ordinance was that it specified a specific breed of dog and defined a vicious dog as being a pit bull or pit bull mix,” Commissioner Joe Haynes said. “There are really no bad dogs, but there are some bad owners out there that have some dogs and certainly we need to address that. To label a dog vicious just by its breed is just wrong.”
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Vicious Dog Ordinance Has a Different Bite
The catalyst for the ordinance originally was a mean pit bull that was terrorizing residents in the Bancroft Community. Haynes says the retooled ordinance, which removes that breed specific language, would still protect the residents who were most concerned about that specific animal.
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