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BLUEFIELD, W.Va. (WVVA) - After months of debate and controversy from concerned citizens, Bluefield's Board of Directors has banned owning new pit bulls inside the city limits.

The Bluefield Daily Telegraph  reports that people attending the meeting criticized the decision.

Animal advocate Laurie Harman told the board that there are no bad dogs, only bad owners.

The state director of the Humane Society, Summer Wyatt, said the city's animal control officer hasn't enforced existing ordinances.

Keisha Davis said pit bulls are hard to adopt because of bias and the ban will hinder animal rescue efforts.

Current owners have 10 days to register their dogs with the city under the ordinance approved Tuesday.

Despite public criticism, many pit bull owners have already started to comply with current city ordinances.

City Manager Jim Ferguson says 41 pit bull owners have registered 58 dogs as of Monday. Another 45 pit bulls that weren't registered were picked up.

Ferguson says that 30 citations have been issued to date for pit bull owners who haven't complied with the ordinance.

Of the 30 citations, only two owners were involved. One of which owned 15 unregistered pit bulls and another who owned nine.

 

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