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Proposed ban spurs Bluefield pit bull registration

BLUEFIELD, W.Va. -- Pit bull registrations have soared in Bluefield since city officials proposed banning new pit bulls inside the city limits.

A 2008 ordinance requires pit bull owners to register their dogs with the Bluefield Police Department.

City manager Jim Ferguson tells the Bluefield Daily Telegraph ( ) that only eight owners had registered their pit bulls as of March 26. Since then, 22 owners have registered at least one pit bull.

Ferguson says recent media reports have raised awareness of the registration requirement.

The proposed ordinance would prohibit new pit bulls inside the city and require owners of existing dogs to register them.

Ferguson says pit bull owners will be given 10 days to register their dogs if the Board of Directors approves the proposal.


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