MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford City Council is taking a closer look on how to reduce the number of dog attacks in the city. During a meeting last week, the council mentioned placing a ban on pit bulls, but it say that is highly unlikely, and is just one several options being evaluated.
One pit bull activist, Tyler Woodard, started up an online petition when he heard about the possible pit bull ban. The site already has more than 5,000 signatures, and Woodard said he would like to get 10,000 by the time it’s all said at done. Woodard plans on presenting the petition along with factual evidence to the city council.
Woodard said he wants to collaborate with the city council and come up with a new dog ordinance that works for everyone, and one that does not just discriminate against one dog breed.
The council says they are looking at a number of options to reduce dog attacks, and banning pit bulls is one of the options.
“At this stage it is very preliminary, that is one of the options,” said Medford City Council member Daniel Bunn. “When the police gave that report they said some districts do that but there are a lot of other ways to address the problem… maybe we want to go that route… Maybe we do. We really don’t know until we get into a public testimony.”
The council is looking into forming a committee to research the ways to prevent dog attacks further. That committee would also hear and evaluate public testimony.
Bunn said the council will be determining whether to form a committee at tomorrow’s city council meeting. No official decision will be made until April at the earliest.