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The ban in the City of Bluefield, West Virginia requiring pitbull owners to register their dogs was put into place in 2008 but not enforced until last year.

Owners had from January until May of 2013 to register their pitbulls, if not, their dogs could be taken away from them. Director of the Mercer County Animal Shelter, Lisa Williams, told 59News how many pitbulls they've seen lately.

"We have not seen an increase of pitbulls from Bluefield. We're glad to see the owners keeping their animals at home and being registered, that was a pleasant thing for us to see," Williams said.

If someone from out of state moves to the City of Bluefield, they are not allowed to bring their pitbulls.