Boonville resident Sherry Broyles understands that not all Pit Bulls are bad, but says there are bans on these breeds for a reason.

Boonville resident Sherry Broyles understands that not all Pit Bulls are bad, but says there are bans on these breeds for a reason.
"My family raised pit bulls so I am familiar with the breed. Pits are strong muscular animals and are many times used for protection and intimidation. Pit bulls are plentiful and I can find you one for free any day of the week online. Twelve countries, 700 U.S. cities and 70 towns in Missouri have banned pit bulls," Broyles said.
This comes after a potential change to the dangerous dog ordinance after it was edited to exclude a certain breed. This change was made after several animal advocates said Pit Bulls should not be singled out as the only breed to be banned. They cited several cases when dogs were incorrectly identified and put down.
This fact and the potential cost of DNA testing to see if a dog was indeed a Pit Bull was a deciding factor in the change of the ordinance.
Broyles would rather the city be proactive and not reactive.
"These bans and restrictions are in place for a very good reason, public safety. In a 10 year period pit bulls killed 203 people in the US," she said.
The purpose, according to the proposed ordinance, is to regulate and control the possession and ownership of dogs, cats and other animals in the city to promote public health and safety of the residents of the city from diseases of dogs, cats and other animals so that the owner and community are able to fully enjoy the benefits derived. This, some feel, can be done with the ownership of Pit Bulls.
With ownership of a Pit Bull, comes even greater responsibility than owning other breeds of canines.
Jasen Matyas of American Family Insurance said that Pit Bulls are one of several breeds the insurance company requires greater regulations for coverage.
"Dogs that are more powerful that could inflict more damage are ones we are required to have greater regulations on," Matyas said.
While Matyas said that premiums do not increase, Pit Bulls must be enclosed in a pen and must have up-to-date veterinarian records. These regulations are not just for dogs in town, but in the country as well.
"These dogs cannot be a threat to anyone," Matyas said.
According to dogbites.org, 'Many appellate courts agree that pit bulls pose a significant danger to society and can be regulated accordingly. Some of the genetic traits courts have identified include: unpredictability of aggression, tenacity ("gameness" the refusal to give up a fight), high pain tolerance and the pit bull's "hold and shake" bite style. According to forensic medical studies, similar injuries have only been found elsewhere on victims of shark attacks.'
Animal advocacy groups have stated it is the owner, not the breed that should be punished for the misfortunes, but others say that they cannot ignore the genetic history of the breed.
"While environment plays a role in a pit bull's behavior, it is genetics that leaves pit bull victims with permanent and disfiguring injuries," according to dogbites.org.
The dangerous dog ordinance will have it first official reading on Monday evening at the Boonville City Council Chambers.
"I believe repealing this ban would put citizens at risk, and should not be lifted," Broyles said.