Councilman wants pit bull ban reinstated before it’s ‘too late’ (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Per the Lawrenceburg city clerk, this item is not on the agenda for the September 17 council meeting. However, council agendas are not set until the Friday before the meeting. (Please see the previous alert for additional information).

Residents are encouraged to attend the next city council meeting to monitor this situation. If you would like to address the council, you must register to speak with the city clerk by noon Thursday (9/13) before the meeting.

Previous alert for Lawrenceburg

Councilman wants pitbull ban reinstated before it’s ‘too late’

Written by Erika Schmidt Russell
Monday, September 10, 2012 8:54 PM

In June, Lawrenceburg City Council removed the breed specific portion of its vicious dog ordinance banning pitbulls. Recently, a pitbull attacked and killed a chihuahua, said councilman Aaron Cook, who was against removing the breed from the ordinance.

When he voted against the change in the ordinance he warned that for a dog to be considered vicious it has to “seriously injure or kill another animal or human, but at that point it is too late.” At the city council meeting Sept. 4, that scenario was discussed. Cook read from the police report about the dog attack. “I want it changed back before it is too late and a kid is mangled,” said Cook.

In June, Cook noted pitbulls were responsible for 67 percent of fatal dog attacks in the U.S., while the animals are 5 percent of the total U.S. dog population.

At the meeting last week, councilwoman Jane Pope noted the pitbull now meets the definition of a vicious dog, and its owner has to follow those requirements.


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