West Georgia City Rejects Ban on Pit Bulls

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Douglasville, GA (AP) - Douglasville lawmakers have narrowly rejected a proposed pit bull ban.
The ban was voted down 4-3 on Monday night as a capacity crowd looked on. Mayor Mickey Thompson has appointed a three-member ad hoc committee to bring back a dangerous dog ordinance for consideration on Oct. 28.
Had the ban been approved, the west Georgia city would have become one of the state's first to enact such a rule. The proposed ordinance would have allowed current pit bull owners to keep their dogs as long as they were registered and muzzled in public.
The measure gained momentum after a Douglasville woman was injured in July when she was bit by three loose pit bulls during a walk. In a separate incident, a police officer later had to shoot a pit bull that attacked a puppy.

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  • by Dig Whisperer Location: Florida on Oct 6, 2010 at 04:50 AM
    You guys really ought to study the statistics on this a bit more. The numbers make it clear that pit bulls are, on the whole, more dangerous than most other breeds. This goes well beyond blaming owners (who, I agree, are often at fault). Look at the history of pit bulls; they were bred specifically for their strength and ferocity. All breeds of dogs have common personality traits, and pits are no exception.
  • by Anonymous on Oct 5, 2010 at 01:43 PM
    You can't blame the dog, for doing what the stupid owner taught them to do. I own a Pit and he is very gentle.
  • by Dog Whisperer Location: Florida on Oct 5, 2010 at 10:12 AM
    Pit bulls that are trained to fight are significantly more dangerous than those who aren't, of course. Nevertheless, as a breed pit bulls tend to be statistically overrepresented in dog bite statistics--particularly when one looks at the the most dangerous bites.
  • by David Location: Tallahassee on Oct 5, 2010 at 05:07 AM
    Hey Dog Whisperer, I was attacked by 3 pit bulls when I was 7 in Thomasville GA back in 88. I, better than anyone, know the dangers of dog attacks. However I do not think it is fair to judge a whole breed simply on how a few of them were raised and bred. The dogs that attacked me were bred for fighting and were made to be aggressive. Now as an adult, I have no issues with pitbulls as a breed. It's the small minded people that treat their dogs bad and breed them to be vicious that is the problem. Dont ban the breed for the stupid mistakes of a few OWNERS!!
  • by Dog Whisperer Location: Florida on Oct 5, 2010 at 04:29 AM
    I'm sure there were those making the argument that pit bulls are no more dangerous than any other breed, blah blah blah...
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