Bluefield West Virginia is considering instituting a pit bull ban. They have had restrictions on pit bull type dogs since 2008 and cite a lack of compliance with the restrictions as the reason they are pursuing a ban. The city officials claim that the restrictions have not increased public safety. Breed specific laws have never been shown to increase public safety, so it is no wonder that they are still experiencing issues. Whenever money is taken away from tackling the root of dangerous dogs, the owners, public safety suffers. Instituting a ban would be costly to the tax payers and just as ineffective as the current restrictions.
The City Attorney is in the process of drafting the ordinance and it is slated to be on the agenda for the March 26th meeting.
Please reach out to the city officials with your factual, respectful opposition to a ban. Offer breed neutral alternatives as a better path to a safer and more humane community.
The city website can be found here.
Contact information can be found below:
Mayor Linda Whalen
Mary Frances Brammer
Thank you Hannah for the heads up.