Pit bull owners have found themselves on the losing end of a dangerous dog discussion for several months. That didn't deter a group of them from voicing their opinion tonight, as the Sioux City city council considered tightening an ordinance passes just last week. It bans the breed.
Dog owner Debbie Borg explains, "We feel that instead of it being you are supposed to be innocent until proven guilty, we are guilty are we're not given the chance to prove our innocence. We're put in the same category as an irresponsible pet owner."
Council member Jim Rixner proposed the changes, which included a shortened registration period from six months to 60 days, and tighter leash laws. He believes the original ordinance will take a few years to have an impact on the pit bull population because current owners can keep their pet.
Council Member Jim Rixner says, "So what we needed to do in the meantime, was to take a preventive action that would guarantee to the degree possible, that there'd be fewer bites by pit bulls."
Only three council members were present for Monday's meeting. So, Rixner asked that the vote be deferred until January 5th, 2009.
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