The debate heated up tonight on whether or
not to allow pit bulls in Fort Thomas.
Nearly 30 years ago, the city banned the
Whether you live down the street in Fort
Thomas or 45 miles away, this isn't just a city-wide debate. Some are fine with
leaving the 1988 law as is, and there's even a group that gathered nearly 300
signatures to give the city to help sway the decision.
"They become more aggressive than any
other breed. If the pit does bite, it inflicts serious injuries, most than any
other breeds," said Preston Manning.
If the city lifts this longstanding ban,
there's talks of requiring each pit bull owner to get behavioral certification
for their dog to determine if they're too aggressive.
"Evaluate that dog and once it got
certification, then that dog would be registered," said Fort Thomas Mayor
Tammy Nolan helped build the Fort Thomas dog
park and her pit bull was the mascot for the park. She says the ban should be
"That's what we need to do is educate.
We need to ask all these people who are opposing these pit bulls, do they have
a dog," said Tammy Nolan.
Eric Haas with the city understands this is a
sensitive topic, and wants everyone to know they're doing extensive research
before making any decision.
He says they're willing to compromise with
potentially allowing the breed, but they'd possibly ban them from the dog park
and require a leash and muzzle when out walking.
"My dog was never muzzled because that
will cause aggression with a dog," said Nolan.
"Allow me to have the dog that I want,
and the other side is I'm afraid of these dogs, keep them out of the city so
how do we solve both of these problem? And this is a good potential
compromise," said Fort Thomas Mayor Pro Tem Eric Haas.
Council says they have these forums because
they want to learn as much as possible about the pit bull breed.
FOX19 talked to several residents who say
they wouldn't be opposed to seeing something like this on November's
council plans to hold a few more public forums to talk about the pit bull ban.
They don't expect a decision to be made for at least a month or two.
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