Pit Bulls Return To Kansas Town After 27 Years
After a 27-year-long ban was lifted last week, pit bulls can finally return to a small town in Kansas.
The last time pit bulls were welcome in Roeland Park, Kan., George Michael and INXS ruled the airwaves. But let the joyful sounds of Pharrell and T-Swift ring out: the ban is over, thanks to a new animal control measure enacted by the City Council.
For months, the council had been supported by pit bull fans, including this snuggle enthusiast:
And when the measure passed, they took to Twitter to celebrate:
The previous law had banned any dog who "has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; or a combination of any of these breeds." Under the new ordinance, households can own one pit bull until 2018, and up to two after that. Animals are no longer determined to be "dangerous" or "vicious" due to breed or appearance, but by harmful actions.
"Breed-specific bans give a false sense of security to the public," Councilwoman Jennifer Gunby said, according to the Kansas City Star. "We are now able to regulate based on behavior and not physical characteristics, and that will make the city safer."