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Missouri bill would bar communities from banning pit bulls

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Missouri bill would bar communities from banning pit bulls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri cities no longer could ban pit bulls under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The measure passed 117-17 by the House last week would ban breed-specific local ordinances. That means municipalities no longer could ban pit bulls or other dog breeds sometimes considered dangerous. Sponsors say pit bulls are no more […]

Missouri bill would bar communities from banning pit bulls

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri cities no longer could ban pit bulls under a bill advancing in the Legislature. The measure passed 117-17 by the House last week would ban breed-specific local ordinances.

That means municipalities no longer could ban pit bulls or other dog breeds sometimes considered dangerous.

Sponsors say pit bulls are no more dangerous than other breeds, and that the owners are to blame if a dog becomes vicious.

Opponenets say it should be up to local governments and not the state, to decide how to handle certain dog breeds

Independence banned pit bulls in 2006 following a series of attacks. Mayor Eileen Weir said it should be up to local governments and not the state to decide how to handle certain dog breeds.

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