Bancroft, WV - Earnest D. Hunter, who carries an old fishing rod to defend himself against dogs in the Putnam County community, was among about 20 Bancroft residents at a County Commission meeting Tuesday to support an ordinance that prohibits pit bulls, mixed-breed pit bulls and any other dogs deemed vicious from running loose. County Commissioners passed the ordinance 2-1 and received a standing ovation from the Bancroft residents.
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The ordinance requires owners of pit bulls and other dogs deemed vicious to keep the dogs on their property with a six-foot enclosed fence or keep them on a four-foot leash. A vicious dog, as defined in the ordinance, is a pit bull or mixed-breed pit bull or a dog that chases, bites, or attempts to chase or bite, without provocation, a person or another domesticated animal, or exhibits unprovoked aggression. Violators face up to a $1,000 fine for the first offense.
"The owners won't listen," Phillips said. "They don't care."1
"We all like dogs. The problem is we have people not taking care of them," said Bancroft resident Jay Phillips. Residents have tried to talk to the dog owners, he said, but the animals are still let loose. He said the community is terrified of the dogs, and it's only a matter of time before someone is seriously injured or killed. On December 4, Lowell Bowden of Lindside, West Virginia (about 135 miles away) died after suffering a violent attack by loose pit bulls.
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