Minot residents discuss whether to allow 'pit bulls' within city limits

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MINOT N.D. - Residents of the Minot community gathered Tuesday to discuss whether to allow pit bulls within city limits.

The current "BSL," or breed specific legislation, that prohibits keeping dogs of specific breeds, which in most cases are pit bulls.

Samantha Gores, who is against BSL, said that the animal ordinance committee should develop a dangerous animal ordinance, which is breed-neutral and includes all animals.

“It suggests that we can accurately identify a dogs breed based on their looks and that a dogs breed is an accurate predictor of their behavior. Because of all of this, the ban jeopardizes everyone's safety by misdirecting money, resources and time,” said Gores.

The Animal Ordinance committee will meet Wednesday to further discuss this issue at 3:30 p.m. in the council chambers.