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Prairie Village to consider repealing pit bull ban

City Council to discuss issue at Tuesday meeting
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Posted at 12:22 PM, Jan 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-21 13:22:56-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Prairie Village leaders will consider whether to lift a ban that bars residents from owning pit bulls.

The City Council will take up the issue at its regular meeting Tuesday on the request of council members Jori Nelson, Tucker Poling, Ron Nelson and Chad Herring, according to the council agenda.

The existing city ordinance makes it unlawful to own, shelter or possess a pit bull within city limits. Breeds that are prohibited under the ordinance include the Staffordshire bull terrier; the American pit bull terrier; the American Staffordshire terrier; and any dog that has the appearance and characteristics of any of those breeds.

In recent years, other Kansas City area cities have decided to repeal similar breed-specific ordinances, including Liberty, Shawnee, Grandview and Kansas City, Kansas.

Prairie Village would keep a current ordinance regarding potentially dangerous and vicious animals in place if the pit bull ban were to be repealed, according to the council agenda.

The city considered lifting its pit bull ban in 2016 but ultimately left it in place.

The Prairie Village City Council will discuss the repeal at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Council Chambers.