Friday, September 10, 2010

Officials: Jackson County cannot ban pit bulls, but it can step up enforcement

By Holly Klaft, Jackson Citizen Patriot

Jackson County officials said there is little they can do to regulate pit bulls after some residents called for the breed to be banned.
The county is not able to outlaw the breed, but it can step up enforcement efforts to try to prevent vicious dog attacks, officials said. 

Three children were the victims of separate dog attacks in August and a man was attacked in July. The dogs involved in three of those incidents were pit bulls or a pit bull mix breed.

County Commissioner Phil Duckham said Friday the dogs are dangerous and leaders must address the problem. Duckham, who also is president of Modern Waste Systems, said his employees have been attacked by pit bulls in the past.

"Nobody would keep a pit viper in their backyard and these animals are just as dangerous," Duckham said.

County Board of Commissioners Chairman Steve Shotwell said officials should not focus on a specific breed, but look to prevent vicious dog attacks.

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