By CATHERINE STORTZ RIPLEY/C-T News Editor
Tuesday, January 9, 2007 12:33 PM CST
Pit bulls will no longer be allowed to lawfully enter Chillicothe once a new city law goes into effect on Feb. 12.
City Council members on Monday night passed an ordinance amending the city's code of ordinances relating to animals and fowl. The new law bans any new dogs exhibiting the dominant characteristics of the American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, or American pit bull terrier from entering the city. Dogs possessing these traits that are licensed as of Feb. 12 may remain in the city as long as long as certain criteria are met.
Statistics are unavailable for this year; however, there were around five licensed pit bulls in Chillicothe last year, according to City Treasurer Sherry Parks.
City officials had been discussing whether to ban certain breeds of dogs since last summer when letter carriers were attacked while delivering the mail in Chillicothe. Although they escaped without serious injuries, other dog attacks made headlines, including the attack on a mail carrier in Trenton who was bitten and received stitches; the savage attack by three pit bulls on an Independence man who spent three month in the hospital recovering from his injuries; and the attack on a 71-year-old woman in Kansas City, Kan., which proved fatal.
A special task force was organized to study the issue and make a recommendation to the council. That recommendation was distributed to council members at their last meeting and was approved with a 4-0 vote Monday night.
â€œThis ordinance was born out of a significant amount of time and effort by a lot of volunteer members of the community,â€