7/22/2014 10:47 AM
by Kevin Jacobs
BLUEFIELD - Bluefield residents confront city council on its dog ordinance. This comes two weeks after a teenager is attacked by a pit bull.
The hot topic drew a crowd to speak up at Tuesday night's council meeting. Whether they came to discuss a different topic, each person who stood before council expressed their love for animals. The concerns stemmed from spaying and neutering to further clarification on breed specific legislation, and how leashes and muzzles primarily for pit bulls are being regulated.
Mayor Tom Cole says the animals are not the problem, yet it's the environment they are exposed to. The city is looking into a PR campaign to help them deal with the problem.
"Animals that are being cared for properly, they're part of the family. I understand it. I have animals myself. I am very much an animal lover. I'm involved with animal organizations, and I support those.. So, I don't think the city is at all anti-animal."
Bluefield has issued 87 dog related violations since January. Most of those citations were pit bull related. Officials tell us some of the dogs were confiscated for an assortment violations, but that number is unknown. The city ask if anyone wants to help out they could make donations to the local humane society.