Another Ohio Town Talks Pit Bull Ban
Whitehall, OH - Whitehall is a city in Franklin County, Ohio. Last year, pit bulls accounted for one-third of the dog bites reported to the Franklin County dog pound, although they represent only 1 percent of licensed dogs. Councilwoman Jacquelyn Thompson supports banning pit bulls. She says there are people in the community who live in fear of going outside.
Mayor John Wolfe said he expects a proposal before the council in the next few months. Pit bulls run loose in some Whitehall neighborhoods. Residents are afraid and owners say they have a right to keep them. "These dogs are like our children," said Emily Lowe, whose boyfriend, Roy Bryson, was charged last year with failing to properly confine their three American bulldogs, which the state classifies as pit bulls.
Bryson pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charges and paid for insurance, licenses and shots. He built a 6-foot wooden fence in his backyard to replace the 3-foot wire fence that was no challenge for his dogs to clear. One of them hopped the lower fence one afternoon into the neighbor's backyard. Lowe said she and her boyfriend have since worked with the dogs to make sure they're good around people.
Neighbors are likely not convinced.