A new Skokie ordinance stemming from two separate attacks involving pit bulls may soon require anyone with "vicious animals" to have them spayed or neutered. Owners may also be required to train there dog through special classes. What breeds fall under that category have yet to be determined.
The Skokie Review reports:
"The modified ordinance is likely to provide the village with authority to order that vicious dogs be spayed or neutered. There could be steeper fines and greater clarification about the differences between a “vicious dog” and a “dangerous dog,” officials say."
Over the last several years, only 14 percent of vicious animal attacks in Skokie involved pit bulls, the Review noted.
Authorities and village officials believe in many cases it isn't the breed that causes the attack, but the owner's lack of training for the canine.
What do you think? Should pit bulls be banned in Illinois? Or should owner's require mandatory training for certain breeds? What do you think the solution -if there should be one - should be?
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Editor's note: We understand this is a hot button issue and support neither side; we just want to hear what the community thinks. Also, the Village of Skokie is not looking to ban pit bulls. If you have any questions or concerns please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!