Forest City looking to revise dog breed ban ordinance

New ordinance looks to remove specific breeds from ban and update wording to "dangerous and vicious animal"

Posted: Jun 21, 2018 9:32 PM
Updated: Jun 22, 2018 6:26 AM

FOREST CITY, Iowa - The Forest City city council is looking into modifying their ban on certain dog breeds.

Instead of having an outright ban on certain breeds such as pitbulls, which are currently banned within city limits, the council is looking into updating the wording of the law to ban dangerous or vicious animals.

Hannah Niederkofler lives in Forest City and wants to adopt a pitbull. She brought some research to their last meeting on Monday with hopes of getting the ban changed.


"They rank 87% on the humane temperament testing, and they are ranked better than labs, collies and beagles, which are more everyday dogs," she said. 

She also mentioned that the actions of a few dog owners shouldn't define one breed completely.

"Every breed has a good dog and a bad dog. You're never going to find a breed that's perfect that has never bit anybody or has never been aggressive because every breed has the potential to have a dog that's aggressive. It's just on how it's raised."

Current Forest City Police Chief Tom Montgomery and former Chief Doug Jenson have also signaled their support in modernizing the ordinance.

Next, it will be reviewed by the Forest City Safety Committee.

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