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Is a Pit Bull Ban on Sonoma's Horizon?

Concept spurred by the mauling of a pregnant Pacifica woman

Could a Pit Bull ban be on Sonoma's horizon?

Sonoma Mayor Pro Tem Joanne Sanders spoke out at Monday night's council meeting after hearing about the .

Sanders told atendees that she was determined the prevent a similar attack within Sonoma city-limits, and directed staff to research regulations for viscious animals.

"I would be remiss if I didn't try to use my position as a city councilwoman to make that change happen here," she said.

In an interview with the Santa Rosa Press Democrat, Sanders said she supports banning pit bulls within city limits.

“I think pit bulls are a great start,” she told the paper.

Legeslation has made the rounds this summer following a series of high-profile attacks.

After an attack on a 9-year-old boy in Vancouver, Wash. looked at a total ban of the breed, while a similar bill in Michigan stalled in January

It was a different scene in 2005, when Denver reinstated its pit bull ban. One of the strongest anti-pit bull bills, the Denver law barrs any dog of the pit bull family (American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers), and any dog that looks a pit bull.

Owners shipped their pits bulls out of town, or put them 'in hiding,' to avoid a round-up which euthanized hundreds of family pets.

After a series of pit-bull attacks in Northern California, a 2005 state law gave California communities the right to mandate breed-specific spaying and neutering, according to the Press Democrat.

Sonoma County also requires owners of "vicious" dogs to hold $500,000 of liability insurance for their pet. 

Others think the breed is getting a bad rap from a few tragic incidents.

Check out this recent , which gives high marks to well trained, compassionate pit bulls.

Sean December 21, 2011 at 04:56 PM
Pit bulls are like guns, only worse since they are wild and fierce. I was almost attacked as I was walking out of Target with my two year old and five year old as an owner took his dog out of his truck to go to the bathroom. I didn't realize it was there as we were walking up to my car through the parking lot and all of a sudden it is stalking us and then jumping. The owner on a cell phone wasn't even paying attention. The dogs may be innocent and the owners incompetent but it will be my child thats mauld. If you want a big tough dog that not a raging psycho get a english mastiff or a great dane.
Heather May 16, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I own 2 pit bulls and i have 3 children and also 2 chihuahuas and my pit bulls protect my children never have had a problem the only problem with pit bulls are the type of people who are interested in them because they look scary! Bad rap videos, and bad media make it worse. If you do your research just as I did before I got a pit you will see they tested 87% in temperment and German shepards for example tested 81%, but police use german shepards. WTF! also pit bills have a high tolerance for pain so it makes them appealing for dog fights. Why don't you google pit bull heros and see what these dogs are capable of.
Psycho dogs January 25, 2013 at 10:08 PM
Anyone who owns a pitbull around children is a child abuser. Look at the defenders of this vicious animal. You have no compassion for people. Typical animal lovers people haters. You disgust me.
Patrick Bohler January 25, 2013 at 10:31 PM
You really show your ignorance, Psycho Dogs. Child Abuser? hmm.. I raised both of my children around multiple Pit Bulls, both are alive and well. I'd like to see how you can prove that's abuse. But coming from a coward who won't even use his/her real name, that doesn't really mean much. What would you know about compassion? My children are far more schooled in that field than you could ever dream of being. Both raised to show said compassion to abused dogs. With people like you in the world, it's no wonder "typical animal lovers" hate people. If anyone is, disgusting, its you. Get over yourself. Get a life.
Gary Robertsin May 05, 2013 at 06:30 AM
I am a pit bull owner now. I've had 5 other breeds of dogs growing up ,and all of them great dogs... I agree with you, there are more people in the U.S.A that are bitten by chihuahuas, more children, molested by priests, and their parents, last year than pit bull attacks in the last 10 years.The statistics dont lie. Yet we smack the chihuahua tell them that they where bad.We make the priest step down from one location, move him to another, still has a job (cause he begs for forgiveness), as priest, and still around little boys. We send the parents to jail for a short tern, council them, mean while the tax payers ( you and me) pay to rehabilitate the priests and parents. So are we gonna ban the catholic church? Put a breed restriction chihuahuas ? Or euthanize a child molesters whole family. I am very sorry to all the families that have suffered an attack of a pit bull, my heart goes out to you. Punish the deed... NOT THE BREED...We all know about the quarterback Micheal Vic, he was raising pit bulls, abusing the ,making them aggressive fighting dogs. The police arrested him gave him a fine ,put him in jail for a short, short time . ,but before they arrested him they killed all the pit bulls ... Now do you see the wrong in that, he trained the dogs,and the police killed the dogs and arrested him . The dogs where the victims .

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