City Adds to Bully Class
Arkansas City, KS - The city currently bans pit bull dogs. Recently, city commissioners added the Presa Canario breed to the ban. City attorney Tamara Niles said the dog is known to be violent and aggressive without provocation. She said the ordinance came up because a resident who had his pit bull taken away said he was going to get one of these dogs. "As far as we know, there are none in the city limits now, so no one will lose their animal," she said.
Arkansas City now bans several "bully breeds" including: American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull, Presa Canario, known as the Canary Dog, and any mixed breed of dog partially made up of either or both of these breeds. Mayor Mell Kuhn said he realizes that often the real problem with dogs is the owner and not the dog, but he said he feels the city should be proactive and protect the citizens of the city.
No one attended any of the meetings to object to the move.
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