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Palmyra City Council members discuss vicious dog ordinance

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Palmyra banned pit bulls for four years, but now some residents say it's time to give the dog a break.

The city council is listening to requests to overturn the ban, but supporters of the ban say it protects kids and other pets.

'Brick' is a staffordshire bull terrier, or a pit bull. He's allowed to stay in Palmyra because he was grandfathered in.

The ban started after citizens complained of vicious dogs attacking animals and citizens, but some believe you can't ban an entire breed based on a couple of incidents.

"And you have to be careful like any other dog, but I don't think you can say this breed and no other breed. I just think that that's wrong," said Marcia Fohey. 

Fohey has had 'Brick' since 2001, long before pit bulls were banned within city limits.

Fohey believes if they have good owners, they're no different than any other dog.

"I really think they just got a bad rep right off. They can be aggressive but that's any dog. So I just think because of the reputation they get in the cities and things that people have heard about them I think that is what has caused people to panic," said Fohey.

Palmyra Mayor Loren Graham doesn't think this issue needs to be revisited. He feels if the city council reverses the ordinance and lets more dogs like 'Brick' in Palmyra, there will be a lot of unhappy residents.

"We went through a lot of work when we originally put that ordinance together in 2009 and my opinion is I hope we would leave it the way it is," said Graham.

For now, the council is willing to listen and talk about the city's vicious dog ordinance.

First ward councilman Ken Sheputis wouldn't say if he's for or against it, but he is in favor of taking another look at the issue.

"There was public input at the time when it was put in and at that point it was pretty much unanimous that they wanted the pit bull ban. I'm open to revisit anything at anytime," said Sheputis.

Sheputis says the next step depends on Palmyra residents. For them to revisit the issue, people would have to come to open meetings and voice their concerns.

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