By Associated Press - Friday, December 11, 2020

ANDOVER, Kan. (AP) - Andover became the latest city in Kansas to overturn ordinances banning pit bulls within city limits, when the city council voted this week to repeal a decades-old ordinance banning the dog breed.

The issue gained momentum after the city annexed land last year where some pit bull owners lived, said City Administrator Jennifer McCausland. Those dogs were allowed to stay but were still considered “potentially dangerous” under the former ordinance.

As of Saturday, pit bulls will now fall under the city’s dangerous dog ordinance.

A majority of people who spoke at Tuesday’s meeting or contacted the council by email favored repealing the ordinance, The Wichita Eagle reported.

Supporters of the ban contend the pit bull breed is more dangerous than other breeds.

Midge Grinstead, Kansas director of the Humane Society of the United States, said no breeds are inherently dangerous and their behavior is more often determined by how their owners treat them.

Grinstead said she has been involved in overturning about 24 bans in Kansas. She estimated between 80 and 90 pit bull bans still exist in the state.

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