- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 4, 2014

FORT THOMAS, Ky. (AP) - Officials in a northern Kentucky city that banned pit bulls nearly 30 years ago are looking at the possibility of allowing the dogs again.

The Kentucky Enquirer (https://cin.ci/1oVFJdm) reports a Fort Thomas City Council committee has started researching the issue and heard on Monday from several residents in favor of the move.

Committee Chairman Tom Lampe said the panel plans a thorough analysis before any proposal that would change or eliminate the 1988 law. He said a public hearing would follow.

“We’ll try to get this thing right and we’ll put it to the whole community,” Lampe said.

Lampe said he is open to the idea of focusing on owner responsibility instead of banning specific breeds of dogs.

Councilman Eric Haas said the panel would look at different option.

“If we can figure out an ordinance that will enhance public safety and still allow people to have whatever dogs they want, that’s the next step,” he said to applause.

Resident Tammy Nolan said the ban should be abolished. Nolan said she used to own a pit bull despite the ban and the dog was never aggressive. She blamed bad dog behavior on owners.

“These dogs shouldn’t have to pay the price for people’s stupidity,” Nolan said. “If you treat them good they’re going to be the best companion you can have.”

Councilman Jay Fossett said he has spoken with two veterinarians and a dog bite expert from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and they agree that a ban isn’t necessary.

“These are people who work with dogs on a regular basis,” he said. “If I’m going to listen to anybody, I’m going to listen to them,” Fossett said.


Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, https://www.nky.com

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