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By a close 4-3 vote, Minot City Council decided on Tuesday to scrap the ban on pit bulls and rely on its dangerous dog ordinance to address animal behavior.
The vote took place on the first reading of the repeal of the ordinance, and a second reading and final passage are required before any changes take effect.
Council member Carrie Evans moved to repeal the ordinance, which has been in effect since 1987 and was upheld by the council in 2018 when it revised its policies and enacted the Dangerous Dogs Ordinance.
“I affirm that the passage and implementation of the Dangerous Animals Act later in 2018, together with three years of data on its application and effectiveness, has given this governing body greater knowledge, and with that , we need to do better and repeal 7-34,” Evans said, referring to the code number of the pit bull ban ordinance.
Evans researched and presented data from 2019 to 2021 showing that the eight citations under the pit bull ban did not include any reports from an animal control officer that the dog exhibited dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior . There were four cases involving a perceived prohibited breed engaging in dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior towards another dog which were cited under the Dangerous Dogs Ordinance.
“In the three years of data, there are no reports of a prohibited breed dog intentionally charging or biting a human,” she says. “However, three years of data indicate that a dangerous animal law is a better and more effective ordinance and a more specific tool to address the potential and actual dangerous behavior of dogs in Minot, regardless of breed.”
Kasey Breuer of Minot, who worked in animal training, presented information regarding pit bulls to support the argument against a ban. Less than 1% of a dog’s genes determine the physical appearance that can identify a pit bull, she said.
“Each dog is an individual and should be assessed as such,” Breuer said. “Nature and maturity contribute to a dog’s behavior.”
Council member Mark Jantzer said the few problems with pit bulls could be the result of the ban.
“I’m all about protecting people, making sure that as a city we do what we need to do about it,” he said.
Council member Lisa Olson cited national statistics and nationwide incidents involving pit bulls this year.
“I am still very concerned about the risk these animals pose, and there is evidence that these restrictions are working,” said board member Stephan Podrygula.
Jantzer, Olson and Podrygula voted against repeal while Evans, Roscoe Streyle, Paul Pitner and Mayor Tom Ross voted for repeal.