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Council to study pit bull issue

November 8, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A legislative crackdown on pit bull dogs has been tabled by the City Council, which now says it wants to work more closely with pet owners to address growing concerns about the burgeoning population of the controversial canines.
City Council President John Ward, who proposed curbs on the dogs that mirror those in effect in Pawtucket for several years, says the council might have to be a little more creative to find a solution that balances the interests of responsible pet owners and the need to protect the public from vicious dogs.
“The idea is to be a little more comprehensive about the problem rather than slapping together an ordinance we might have trouble enforcing,” said Ward.
Ward proposed a law that would have banned the licensing of any new pit bulls after the measure was passed and forced the owners of existing pit bulls to obtain $100,000 worth of liability insurance on their dog. All breeds commonly called pit bulls, including the American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any mixed-breed that looks like one of those purebreds would have been affected.

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