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Lincoln, NE: City officials look at pit bull issue (whispers of BSL)
Posted on June 9, 2009 by stopbslcom
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City Officials Look At Pit Bull Issue

City Officials Look At Pit Bull Issue
Posted: 6:51 PM Jun 8, 2009
Reporter: Erika Tallan

Shawn Hanley's been breeding Pit Bull Terriers for the past 10 years. He knows that if one bites, injuries can be more severe than any other dog like his fluffy lap-dog.

"The little one I got out hear is just nip, nip, nip all day but you don't see us rushing everyone to the hospital," said Hanley.

That was the case with 10-year-old Baylee Harris who recieved 30 stitches after he was bitten several times on the face and arms by a pit bull.

The 10-month-old pit bull has been declared vicious and was expected to be put to sleep some time this week, as called for under Lincoln's current ordinances.

Lincoln City Councilmen have been recieving concerns from residents since that attack. Some residents suggesting that Pit Bull Terriers be banned from the city.

City Councilman Jon Camp says members are carefully considering all options.

Whatever we do, let's do something that is subsitive in form. In other words (something) that is really going to get to the root of people's concerns. I don't want to put something in the books that's not enforcible just to quickly answer something," said Camp.

According to the U.S. Center For Disease And Prevention Control, about 4.5 million people are bitten each year.

Between 1981 and 1992, 300 people died from dog attacks, only a third of those cases were from pit bull attacks.

According to Bob Downey, Executive of Capitol Humane Society, if the city would ban the breed, many more questions and money matters pop up.

"You are going to need more animal control officers . You will need a bigger budget for the legal department to enforce the bans, and believe it or not, you will need a budget for DNA testing, to prove if a dog is 20% pit bull versus 60% pit bull."
 
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