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Bluefield residents sound off on proposed Pit Bull ban

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Bluefield City Council meeting chambers were packed Tuesday night.

Residents for and against a proposed city-wide Pit Bull ban came to give their thoughts and concerns during the public comment period.


The proposal comes after several biting incidences over the last few months.
One of the those biting victims was a Mercer County animal control officer. City Council members say he has since recovered and is back to work.

The new ban, should it pass, would keep new Pit Bulls from from coming in to the city.
That means current Pit Bull owners could still keep their dogs as long as their properly registered.

City Manager Jim Ferguson noted during Tuesday night's meeting there have been five more Pit Bulls registered with the city since Monday. That brings the total of legal Pit Bulls in Bluefield to eight.

Even though there's no ban in place, the city does have a dangerous dog ordinance.
It applies to pit bulls and wolf-hybrid dogs. It states various requirements for leashes and muzzles, housing and signs that must be posted.

A decision on a ban would likely not be decided until late April.