Pit Bull Ban is Suggested
Allen Park, MI - After two pit bull type dogs attacked and killed a councilwoman's two dogs, the councilwoman is suggesting a pit bull ban. Beverly Kelley's two Shih Tzus were the targets of a deadly attack July 12th by two pit bulls that broke through a gate to her yard. One of Kelley's dogs was killed in the attack and the other was severely wounded.
Several members of the council offered support for the resolution, including Mayor Gary Burtka. He said, "It is a very serious safety issue. I think the committee should move quickly on this matter." Kelley said her dogs were in her fenced back yard when the pit bulls approached. She said all four dogs were barking at each other and the pit bulls jumped on the fence until it gave way.
"They broke right through my fence, and I couldn't do anything to stop them because I was afraid for myself," Kelley said.
Kelley said that the larger dogs (described as rottweiler pit bull-mix and a Labrador pit bull-mix) quickly had her Shih Tzus by their throats. Her husband, Byron, used a cane to force the release of their pet, Boss, from the bigger animal's jaws, but their other pet, Cujo, already was dead. Boss was taken to the veterinarian, where he has received about $1,000 in medical so far.
If the council adopts an ordinance banning pit bulls, Allen Park will not be the first city to do so. There are bans on pit bulls in Ecorse and Melvindale, and Southgate has restrictions.
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