Many people have strong opinions about pit bulls, whether for or against. Recent requests from some citizens to allow pit bulls within the El Dorado city limits again has prompted the El Dorado City Commission to take another look at those regulations banning pit bulls.
Commissioner Bill Young said over the last couple of weeks he has received a lot of e-mails from people who have an interest in bringing the current pit bull ban in El Dorado back before the commission for discussion.
“What I’d like to see us do is schedule a work session,” he said.
He wanted to get the history on pit bulls in El Dorado and see what went into the ban that was started in 1989.
He also encouraged those sending e-mails to get ahold of city staff and share their thoughts with them.
“I want to make sure everybody has a voice,” Young said. “I want to make a decision that is a good educated decision.”
Mayor Mike Fagg said city staff had done a lot of research and he wasn’t sure if they needed to hold a special meeting for it.
Young also wanted to be able to get that research out to the public.
In the regulation it states: “It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the city any pit bull dog as defined by administrative regulation; provided that pit bull dogs properly registered with the city by March 1, 1988, and kept within the city continuously since that time, may remain within the city subject to the requirements set forth in Section 6.20.060 of this chapter.”
Among the penalties are: “Any person violating or permitting violation of any provision of this chapter shall, upon conviction in municipal court, be fined a sum not less than $200 and not more than $1,000. In addition to the fine imposed, the court may sentence the defendant to imprisonment in the county jail for a period not to exceed 30 days.”
Then in 1993, a pit bull was defined to mean bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier and American Staffordshire breeds of dog or dogs of mixed breed known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers.
City Manager Herb Llewellyn said they would probably want to hold a special meeting in the evening because he anticipated people wanting to come and talk to them and most of those people would have day jobs.
The commission instructed staff to facilitate a meeting for the discussion.
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