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Forest City residents confront council about current pit bull ban

Opinions vary on pit bull ban in Forest City.

Posted: Aug 1, 2018 10:21 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 6:46 AM

FOREST CITY, Iowa- During a special city council meeting on Wednesday, the people of Forest City voiced their options on a current pit bull ban.
“Pit bulls are like a time bomb,” one resident said. “You won’t convince me otherwise.”
The ban has been on the books for the last 10-12 years, according to city leaders, and in that time they said only one dog has been removed from the community.
Six people spoke out in favor of keeping the ban in place, including the area's post master.
“I worked in Mason City for 5 years and I cannot tell you the number of times I had to fill out an accident report because of a dog bite,” she said. “Most of the time they are because of pit bulls. I have never had to do a report because of an animal bite in Forest City.”
Eight expressed their interest in making changes to the city code saying the current ban is discriminatory.
“If you are playing with a dog too rough the dog will let you know,” said another resident. “As long as you watch the body language.”
The council did not take action on the issue at Wednesday’s meeting. City staff said the Safety Committee will meet before Monday night’s council meeting and bring a recommendation to the council.

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