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Locals Concerned Pitbull Ban Not Being Enforced in Manly

Posted at: 02/17/2013 7:10 PM
Updated at: 02/17/2013 7:14 PM
By: Jenna Lohse

(ABC 6 News) -- It's been a month and a half since the Manly City Council voted to enforce the town's pit bull ban.

Enforcing the ban means those that don't get their pit bulls out of city limits could be charged with a simple misdemeanor. Some residents are left wondering whether the ban is actually being enforced.

Manly Police officials say they have yet to see any pit bulls in town since the bans been enforced. But, this week there were reports that some owners are not taking the ordinance seriously. 

"There's at least one reported sighting of a pit bull belonging to somebody that had received one of the original letters informing them of the pit bull ban," said Manly Police Chief Aaron Pals.

Pit bull owners who complied with the ban say they understand why people want to keep their dog, but feel it's unfair that they were forced to get rid of theirs.

"We you know took ours all the way to Michigan to find him a good home and if they're not going to do anything about the others ones we might as well bring ours back. We miss him and we love him and we wish he was back here with us," said Shelley Romine, resident of Manly.  

The Manly Police Chief says looking into these reports are on top of his to do list. Pals says those who were notified of the ban should be cited if they still have their pit bull within city limits.