Reynoldburg City Council Mulls Lifting Ban On Pit Bulls
It has been a hot button question in Reynoldsburg for about a year now: should the city lift its current ban on pit bulls?
The city council's safety committee will discuss an ad-hoc committee’s recommendations this coming Monday with a vote possibly coming as soon as the following Monday.
Both those in favor and against the ban say a resolution can't come soon enough.
"I take her to dog parks. She's no different than any other dog,” Reynoldsburg resident Jennifer Ingmire said when describing her 7-year-old pit bull mix, Cheyenne.
By owning Cheyenne, the Reynoldsburg resident is knowingly violating city code.
"I just feel it's an unfair,” Ingmire said.
Ingmire says she was not aware of the city’s pit bull ban when she moved to Reynoldsburg.
”Had I known, I wouldn’t have moved here,” Ingmire said.
Ingmire is part of Pit Bulls for Reynoldsburg, a group that has been pressing city leaders to change the city's ban.
"There are a lot more pit bulls in Reynoldsburg than they want to say there are,” she said. “I know of at least 10 on this street alone."
An ad hoc committee appointed to study Reynoldsburg's animal laws decided that the city should remove its ban on pit bulls, but not all committee members agreed.
"Our law in this town works. It works very, very well,” said committee member Bruce Sowell.
Sowell says he voted for the pit bull ban to stay in place.
"They'll tell you that it's their right to own a pit bull. This isn't about their right to anything. This is about public safety and it's about taxpayer dollars,” Sowell said.
But fellow committee member Monica DeBrock says the issue is more about the owner than the breed of dog.
"There are bad owners, and we need to make sure they're held accountable,” DeBrock said. “But I don't think that banning a certain breed in our city actually makes our city safer."
Mayor Brad McCloud says he hopes council moves quickly on a decision.
"This issue has been around for a year and that's probably long enough,” McCloud said.
But the fight could last longer if council rejects the ad hoc committee's recommendation to lift the ban.
"We're not leaving and we're not going to back down at all. We'll fight until it's over,” Ingmire said.
The Reynoldsburg city council safety committee is scheduled to discuss the ad hoc committee's findings Monday, June 16th at 7:30 p.m.