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Bonner Springs reviewing pit bull ordinance after family's dog seized

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Bonner Springs council members are considering changes to the city's ordinance regulating pit bulls after a family's dog was seized.

Councilman Jack Knight said he believes some pit bulls are the victims of bad press, and that the dog in question is not a dangerous animal.

"A lot of it is not the dog," Knight said. "It's the owner and the dogs get a bad rap."

A task force is considering whether the council should have a dangerous dog ordinance rather than an ordinance banning pit bulls from the city.

Titan is a 3-year-old pit bull who is sitting in an animal shelter in Lawrence. He escaped from his yard in April. Someone called animal control officers and Titan was picked up.

When Titan's owner, Debi Baker, went to claim Titan, she said she was told she had 15 days to find another place for Titan or she would lose him completely.

She was greatly upset by this ultimatum so she reached out to city leaders.

"The grandkids just love him. He's just a sweetheart," Baker said about her dog. "He's not an aggressive dog."

Baker found a receptive audience with Knight.

"Some of these ordinances go back and a lot of them has to be changed," he said.

One council member opposes any changes, saying he is concerned about animal control officers being able to handle the large dogs.

Baker hopes a decision is made soon and she can get Titan back home.

"I'll do everything and anything right to get Titan back," Baker said.

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