Two pet owners pleaded with Reynoldsburg City Council Monday, Sept. 14 not to let police take a "family member" from their residence on Brice Road.
That family member is 9-year-old Mercedes, a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, considered a pit bull breed and one that is illegal under Reynoldsburg's law against harboring viscous or dangerous dogs."It's totally absurd that every breed on this hit list is targeted," said Larry Wiles, father of the dog's owner, Sam Wiles.
Reynoldsburg's law prevents residents from owning or keeping a vicious dog, defined as one that has caused serious injury or killed a person or other animal, trained to fight or belongs to a pit bull breed.
As part of the law, the city can seize the dog and humanely destroy it.
After another dog scratched a resident in their block on Brice Road, Reynoldsburg officials sent a letter to the Wiles, noting that they had become aware of their owning a Staffordshire Bull Terrier and the consequences, which include fines and possible seizure of the animal.
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