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Pit bull restrictions are long overdue

Pit bull restrictions are long overdue

Time has come to outlaw pit bulls

 

The Aug. 27 Gazette editorial, “Keep pit bulls out of homes with children” was spot-on: Pit bulls are not your average household pets and there need to be limits and controls on who owns them and where.

It’s commonplace to hear or read about incidents that involve pit bull attacks on children, seniors and other dogs. Schenectady has had more than its share of such attacks, many of them with horrific results.

While serving on the Schenectady City Council, I proposed legislation to ban pit bulls within the city limits. It was a public safety issue and followed yet another vicious attack. Unfortunately, the city’s attorney at that time said such a law would be unconstitutional because it targeted just one breed of dog; my proposal went nowhere.

However, as your editorial pointed out, several states and scores of other municipalities have in recent years adopted legislation banning or limiting the ownership of pit bulls. It’s about time Schenectady does the same.

I urge the mayor and City Council to read — or reread — your editorial, which thoughtfully lays out research clearly demonstrating that this breed is dangerous, unpredictable and exacts a high cost on our quality of life.

Frank Maurizio

Schenectady

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