Kenmare Grandfathers In Existing Dogs
UPDATE 05/29/08: The City of Kenmare decided not to give existing pit bulls the boot. The revised ordinance now grandfathers in pit bulls, rottweilers and dobermans. Owners of these dogs have until June 1 to register their dogs, provide proof of liability insurance of $300,000 dollars (the highest amount DogsBite.org has ever run across), and follow special requirements for securing the dogs.
04/25/08: Pit Bull Owners Trying to Pull Another Fast One
Kenmare, ND - After banning pit bulls already, Mayor Roger Ness is now faced with the problem of existing pit bull owners pulling the "switch-up the name trick." Pit bull owners frequently disguise the name of their breed by calling their dog an American Staffordshire terrier, which is indisputably the same dog. (Learn more about pit bull type dogs).
Ness says pit bull owners in town started doing just this. "People were licensing dogs under other names the city felt were very similar to pit bulls," he said. So City Council passed an ordinance to stop the behavior. The new ordinance includes American Staffordshire terriers. Council members also added two additional breeds: rottweilers and dobermans.