South Milwaukee removes ban on pit bulls

Posted at 8:08 AM, Jul 07, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-07 11:54:22-04

SOUTH MILWAUKEE -- Residents in South Milwaukee are free to own pit bulls for the first time since the 1990s. The city's Common Council voted to remove the ban last week, according to Mayor Erik Brooks.

On his blog, Mayor Brooks explains that the change was made for multiple reasons, one being that the city's Health Department doesn't have the resources to strictly enforce the ban.

"Even if they did, there is no definitive, scientific way to even tell a dog is a pit bull," the mayor said.

Mayor Brooks also argues the rules will now be enforced fairly across all breeds, since the city's vicious dog ordinance "continues to put strong regulations on the owners of vicious dogs of all breeds, and delivers real punishments on those dogs and their owners."

"A vicious dog is a vicious dog. The revised ordinance keeps our community safe, and doesn’t discriminate," the mayor added in his blog.

You can see South Milwaukee's vicious dog ordinance on their website here by searching "vicious dog."