Final vote delayed on ending Sioux City pit bull ban

The proposal to end Sioux City’s ban on pit bulls has been delayed.

The third and final vote on the proposal was expected to be held at the coming Monday meeting. It’s been put off until animal control chapters of the city code have been reviewed and revised. A date for the third vote hasn’t been set.

The proposal would remove the ban adopted in September 2008. It came after pit bulls or mixes accounted for a high number of dogs in the city that had been declared vicious or at risk.

The current ordinance describes a pit bull as an American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog that looks like or has characteristics of being one of those breeds.
City staff research says animal control regulations across the country are moving away from breed specific provisions.

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