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BLUEFIELD (WVVA) – Dozens of residents who oppose a proposed ban on pit bulls in Bluefield turned out in full force to express their disapproval.

Many wore t-shirts that read ‘Punish the deed, not the breed' as they attended the Bluefield Board of Directors meeting to protest the ban against pit bulls in city limits.

The city of Bluefield is considering passing a zero-tolerance ordinance on pit bull owners in the city.

Residents and local pet business people as well as shelter workers took the floor to speak.

If the ordinance is passed, all pit bulls found in violation will immediately be taken to the Mercer County Animal Shelter.

Volunteers from the shelter say they have limited space and the ordinance would create overcrowding.

More than a dozen of the nearly 100 citizens in attendance spoke at the meeting.

Last week, city officials said they planned to more strictly enforce current pit bull laws on the books.

View WVVA.com's previous report

City attorney Brian Cochran said last week that only two of the pit bulls in city limits had been legally registered.

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