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Orange County Considers Breed-Specific Ban Following Pit Bull Attacks

Posted April 9, 2002

— One dog was killed and another wounded after separate pit bull attacks in Orange County last month.

The incidents have prompted the Orange County Board of Health and Animal Control to consider a breed-specific ban.

On March 24, Dr. Kae Enright was walking her pug, Coco, in a northern Chapel Hill neighborhood when they were attacked by two pit bulls that had escaped from their fenced-in yard. The pug required emergency surgery to treat its injuries; Enright received injuries to her hand.

On the same day, a woman in southwestern Orange County found her husky had been killed in an attack by two other pit bulls.

According to animal control officials, the dogs that attacked the husky belonged to a man who had been previously charged with cruelty to animals.

The owner of the dogs that injured the pug had no previous record. He was ordered to repair his fence and and pay a $50 fine for violating Orange County's leash law.

The Board of Health is expected to make its recommendations to the county commissioners Tuesday. Orange County officials plan on discussing rules and regulations for dogs that have been declared vicious.

The meeting takes place at 6:30 p.m. at the Agriculture and Planning Building on Revere Road.

While Orange County is only considering a ban on pit bulls, some states have successfully passed such a restriction on dogs deemed dangerous.


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