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Waterloo Considers Tougher Pit Bull Law

WATERLOO (CBS 2/FOX 28) - The Waterloo City Council is considering tough new ordinances to control increasing problems with pit bulls inside city limits.

The council is meeting Tuesday afternoon close on the heels of a Waterloo Police Officer being bitten by a 10-month old pit bull Tuesday morning, and a week after a 65-year old woman and 13-year old boy were attacked.

City Animal Control Officer Maria Tiller tells CBS 2/FOX 28 the proposed ordinance is an effort to control what she calls "an increasing and potentially dangerous" problem with the breed.

"On the average week, I'll take 2-3 calls a night," she says "relating to neglected dogs, dogs running at large or dogs attacking other dogs or even people."

The ordinance, considered Tuesday at a council workshop session, would essentially put the breed into an already existing ordinance regarding "potentially dangerous" dogs.

If the concil approves the changes, owners of pit bulls would be required to microchip any pit bull over six months of age. They would also have to spay or neuter the dogs unless being commercially bred. Finally, they would have to be licensed and have proof of being vaccinated against rabies.

"This doesn't call for an outright ban on the breed," Tiller says. "We don't want to go down that road because once you begin banning a breed, it opens the door to ban other breeds."

The council could act as quickly as its next regularly scheduled meeting, or the council might delay any action for further discussion.

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