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DeSoto: No Plans To Ban Pit Bulls
Dallas,TX -- DESOTO, Texas --
Leaders in this Dallas suburb met with residents on Thursday to discuss a current city ordinance regarding vicious animals, but say there are no plans to ban any specific breeds such as pit bulls.
Instead, the city is considering slight changes to the current rules.
"We're looking at maybe increasing the fine on the owner of the animals and making the owner more responsible for the animals, regardless of what breeds they are," said city Code Supervisor Charles Humphrey.
Talk of "Breed-Specific Legislation" has been swirling since several recent animal attacks. More than 1,200 people have signed an online petition titled "Stopping the BSL in DeSoto."
Here are some of the recent documented dog attacks in our area.
November 13: A police officer shot and killed a pit bull after it escaped from its owners yard and rushed him in a dark alley.
October 18: A pit bull attacked a woman and her daughter on their way to school near Shiloh and Beltline Roads in Garland.
September 5: Two pit bulls were destroyed after they attacked a blind woman and her guide dog. The guide dog barely survived.
June 26: A boxer bit two neighbors in Southlake after it escaped from its owners' yard.
May 3: A pit bull turned on its owners, attacking a brother and sister in their home in North Richland Hills. Police were forced to kill the animal.
March 4: A woman was killed by her pet Great Dane in her Kaufman County home. A second woman and her husband were also hurt.
The city of DeSoto says Thursday night's meeting was simply to inform residents of the current ordinance in place, and ask for opinions on what, if any, limits should be placed on some breeds.