Citizens Discuss Dog Ban At City Council Meeting

, Posted: Thu, January 16 2014 at 5:49 PM, Updated: Fri, January 17 2014 at 2:30 AM

Medford, Ore. -- Medford Mayor Gary Wheeler said a breed-specific ban is not on the table.

But the council gave the green light to a Police Advisory Committee to create restrictions for dangerous dogs and irresponsible owners.

There wasn't an empty seat in the house at Thursday afternoon's Medford City Council meeting.

Pit bulls weren't even on the agenda, but most were there to hear about the possibility of a Medford pit bull ban.

The idea, which was brought up by the Medford Police Department last week, has sparked outrage and concern among dog owners.

The department says something needs to be done after dogs killed 11 animals in the past 3 years-- *half* of the attackers were pit bulls.

Mayor Wheeler said the issue will be passed to the police advisory commission and tried to ease the community's concerns saying a full out ban against any dog breed is unlikely.

That helped ease the minds of some of those in attendance but still say the topic needs to be handled with diligence.

A group of people in opposition of any ban plan to march on Saturday. The exact time and location still have yet to be announced.

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