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Pit Bull Ban Discussed in Taylor Mill After Bloody Attack

The City of Taylor Mill won't make changes to its vicious animal ordinance.

The issue was brought up at a recent city commission by Mayor Dan Bell.

The discussion was prompted by a pit bull attack in July that seriously injured two people on Saint Matthews Circle. Taylor Mill Police shot and killed the dog in that case.

Bell asked whether the city's ordinance should ban pit bulls, a contentious issue dealt with to varying degrees in other nearby cities. 

The city commission expressed different points of view on the matter.

Commissioner Dan Murray, a retired mail carrier, said that in all the years he spent on the job, the dogs he had the most trouble with were small, like chihuahuas and poodles. The only dog that ever drew blood on him, he said, was a miniature poodle that jumped and bit his hand.

Commissioner Phil Peace said that identifying a pit bull is a challenge and if the city is unable to identify the breed, he asked how the ordinance would be enforced.

Police Chief Steve Knauf said in order for an animal to be deemed "vicious" it would have to have a history of viciousness. In the case of the July attack on Saint Matthews Circle, the dog had no history of violence. 

Knuaf also said that Covington has a pit bull ban in place, but the dogs are still in the city.

Bell said Taylor Mill dealt with the issue in the past and activists from out of state and from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) showed up in support of pit bulls and against any proposed ban.

Ultimately, the city commission agreed to keep its current ordinance in place and unchanged.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN conributor