Orem, Utah Considers Banning “Pit Bulls”
“…It was the 25th pit bull attack in the city in the past year and a half, and now Orem is thinking about a ban on the dogs. Other cities have already banned pit bulls.
Anthony Denovellis was walking to work, reading a book, when three dogs surrounded him and started barking. There were two pit bulls and a brown Labrador. “I looked up, and these three dogs were rushing up on me. They didn’t look like they were going to stop, so I put my foot out at them, like this, and they circled, circled around me, kept barking while they circled,” he said.
…Lt. Doug Edwards, with the Orem City Police Department, said, “Marks with an explanation point some of the problems we’re having with this breed of dog.” He says Orem is looking at adopting a pit bull ban.
We found other cities in the nation have already done it. The year before Council Bluffs, Iowa, banned pit bulls, there were 29 reported attacks. Last year there were two, and so far this year they’ve had none.
Don Bauermeister, a city attorney for Council Bluffs, said, “There’s been less attacks, the numbers have gone down. We don’t have as many pit bulls in Council Bluffs as we did in 2003, 2004.”
There are, of course, other breeds Orem will look at when considering banning. Some Chows, for instance, have a dangerous reputation, too.
The dogs involved in yesterday’s attack have different owners. In addition to possible charges, the owners will be cited for letting their pets run loose.”
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Please contact the Orem Mayor and City Council and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation is unenforceable and ineffective.