Ban Effective Immediately
Sioux City, IW - Sioux City's pit bull ban has passed. The ban is effective immediately. It applies to all dogs that are more than 50 percent pit bull. Current pit bull owners can keep their dogs as long as they register them within the next 6 months. If they fail to do so, the dog will be impounded. DogsBite.org applauds the efforts of Sioux City councilmen Jim Rixner, Aaron Rochester and the other council members that made this law possible.
The ordinance spells out the justification for the ban:
Currently there are 78 pit bulls licensed in Sioux City out of 3,232 total dogs. Therefore pit bulls make up less than three percent of the dogs licensed in Sioux City. However, since October they accounted for 47 percent of the number of high risk/vicious dog hearings in Sioux City. Clearly some pit bulls are not licensed but other breeds of dogs are not licensed as well.
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