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Posted on: September 7, 2022

Council repeals pit bull ban

The Minot City Council voted 4-3 at its Sept. 6 meeting to eliminate a ban on pit bulls within city limits that has been in place since 1987.

The change requires a second reading and final passage before it would take effect. Mayor Tom Ross, Carrie Evans, Roscoe Streyle, and Paul Pitner voted to eliminate the ban. Lisa Olson, Mark Jantzer, and Stephan Podrygula voted against the removal.

Council member Carrie Evans brought the proposal to the Council. The ordinance was upheld in 2018 when it was reviewed by the Council. Instead, Evans maintained, the City should rely on its dangerous dog ordinance to handle potential dog behavior.

“It is my assertion that adoption and implementation of the dangerous animals law later in 2018, along with three years of data on its enforcement and effectiveness have brought this governing body to know better, and with that we need to do better and repeal 7-34,” Evans said, describing the ordinance number for the pit bull ban.

Evans presented information from 2019-2021 showing that the eight citations under the pit bull ban didn’t include any case where an animal control officer noted a dog was exhibiting dangerous or potentially dangerous behavior. 

“In the three years of data, there is no report of a prohibited breed dog intentionally charging or biting a human,” she said. “However, three years of data indicate that a dangerous animals law is a better and more effective ordinance and a more precise tool for addressing the potential and the actual dangerous behavior of dogs in Minot, regardless of breed.”

The supporters of keeping the ban stressed public safety as one of their reasons.

“I am still quite concerned about the risk these animals pose, and there is some evidence that these restrictions work,” Podrygula said.

Jantzer agreed.

“I’m all about protecting people, making sure that as a city we’re doing what we need to do in that regard,” he said.

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