Police chief supports pit bull ban

With the Ottumwa city council listening to proponents of pit bulls Fact Finder decided to look into the city's current ordinance.

Pit bulls have been banned from the city since 2003. Since then a number of people have violated the ordinance and have been cited.

In 2004, Ottumwa police issued 14 citations. The number dropped down to three in 2007 but in 2010, 21 citations have already been made. That TMs more than the last three years combined.

Police Chief Jim Clark says since the ban, there have been no recorded attacks by the animals.

We haven't had any attacks since then for one thing because it is illegal, said Clark. Most people are keeping their dogs inside their house or inside their basement and not letting them out loose so therefore they're not around other people to attack them. Anyone that says well we haven't had any attacks that's because they're not out in public."

Clark added that he can only speak to what happened in Ottumwa once pit bulls were banned and not other towns. He says by owning a dog you put yourself and others at risk.

"It's only a matter of time before those dogs turn on them or turn on someone else and attack someone."

For more information on the number of attacks in Ottumwa click here.

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