FORT THOMAS (AP) — Officials in a northern Kentucky city have decided to keep a ban on pit bull dogs that was put in place 30 years ago.
A Fort Thomas City Council committee researched the issue for weeks after dozens of people asked the city to lift the ban. The committee had recommended keeping the ban in place.
The Kentucky Enquirer reports Mayor Mary H. Brown cast the deciding vote this week after the council deadlocked 3-3.
Brown said it was a difficult decision, but it came down to what would be safer for citizens.
Councilman Eric A. Haas said supporters and opponents of lifting the ban did not seem interested in compromise. He said he voted in line with what he heard from constituents.
“I’ve had too many people tell me just leave the ban in place,” said Haas, who will be the only candidate for mayor in the general election.
Councilman Ken Fossett, who voted against the ban, said he doesn’t think breed specific legislation is the answer to keeping people safe. He said the city’s dangerous animal law needs to be updated.
“Right now, a pit bull dog that is not causing a problem can be removed, but next door if you have a dog that is vicious we don’t have any mechanism for us to take it away right now,” Fossett said.
Residents had differing reactions.
“Unbelievable,” said resident Tammy Nolan, adding that she was almost too upset to speak.
Resident Preston Manning said he agreed with the council’s decision.
“I believe they’re doing the right thing,” he said.