Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Golf Manor to vote June 9 on pit bull ban



By Allen Howard
The Cincinnati Enquirer

GOLF MANOR - Village Council refused to adopt a proposed ban on pit bull terriers as an emergency ordinance Monday night.

Instead, members voted unanimously for a second reading, and are expected to vote on adopting the ordinance after a third and final reading on June 9.

Councilman Charles O. Hughes had asked for the emergency ordinance, calling for passage of the law on Monday to start the ban immediately.

The vote against the emergency classification was three against, one in favor and one abstention. One council member was absent.

The original motion has been changed slightly after being reviewed by village attorney Terry Donnellon. Hughes had asked for the ban on all pit bulls. There are an estimated 25 in the village. Donnellon said the law now makes exceptions for pit bull owners who are complying with the current law.

"Instead of putting a ban on all pit bull owners, they may keep the dog if it is registered, properly insured, appropriately caged, on a leash and under adult supervision when being walked," Donnellon said.

Golf Manor Police Chief Steve Tilley said only one owner in the village has registered a pit bull.

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