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Letter: Cities should be allowed to ban pit bull dogs

Published March 13, 2014 1:01 am

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Shame on the House for passing HB97, the legislation written to oppose South Jordan's ban on pit bull dogs ("House OKs bill against pit bull bans," Tribune, Feb. 20). I have two little girls, ages 3 and 5, and live in fear that, while out playing, they could be attacked or killed by such vicious creatures.

One of the reasons I live in South Jordan is the City Council's forward thinking on this issue. Rep. Brian King, the sponsor, doesn't even live in South Jordan, yet feels he needs to meddle in our business.

There is certainly a typical owner of such breeds, and they are often drug dealers and thugs. King says he is interested in protecting property rights. We certainly have all sorts of laws that restrict what people can do on their property: store junk cars, paint cars, store toxic chemicals, keep and test incendiary devices, burn trash, etc. We restrict people who want to keep rattlesnakes, cobras and lions, too, for obvious reasons. South Jordan does an excellent job enforcing these ordinances, and that has made it one of the most desirable cities in which to live.

Individual cities should be able to choose to govern based on the will of the people.

Shane Franz

South Jordan