Pit bull or French mastiff? Officer and animal control slated to decide

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Confusion reigned at the March meeting of the Verona City Council over whether an animal is a pit bull or a French mastiff, after a resident was issued a warning for owning an animal banned by city ordinance.

David Asher spoke to aldermen concerning the warning he was issued by the Verona Police Department for allegedly having a pit bull. Asher said the dog is a French mastiff, gentle, and never bothers anyone. He also said he would leave town rather that get rid of the animal.

Aldermen directed the officer and animal control officer to go examine the animal and to determine the breed.

While pit bulls are stocky, muscular breeds, French mastiffs are larger, jowly breeds that tend to drool, as depicted in the 1989 comedy, Turner and Hooch, starring Tom Hanks.

Verona aldermen approved a wastewater rate increase from $3.34 to $3.37 for 1,000 gallons for residential service and from $3.34 to $4.10 for industrial service. The base rate for both will remain at $11.50.

Bids for two of the three city-owned properties offered for sale were opened. One bid was received from Canopy Lodge for the lot at 105 N. Third St. in the amount of $500. It was not approved. Aldermen opted to list the property with a realtor.

One bid was received from Centro De Alabanza Church for the property at 109 N. Third St, for $500. It was approved.

In other business, Mayor Willis Hutson reported budget constraints could result in city hall being open fewer hours. Discussion on the matter would be tabled until a later date.

In his report to the board, Verona Police Captain Jeff Cooper said the department issued 27 citations, 10 arrests, 49 calls for service, 31 warnings, and 19 active cases.

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  • This shows why breed bans are so stupid. Whether the dog is a 'pit bull' or a French Mastiff it could still be dangerous or not dangerous depending on the temperament of the individual dog, and more importantly how it's been managed (is it neutered? 90% of serious dog attacks on people are by non-neutered dogs; how trained, how treated etc). What a joke to waste public resources on some kangaroo court process of deciding what's a 'pit bull'. My dog btw is an Argentine Mastiff/bully breed mix. She drools with the best of them, but to most people looks like a 'pit bull'. She's a total sweet heart.

    -- Posted by Grizzily on Thu, Mar 21, 2013, at 1:16 PM
  • Amen Grizzily,people c a pit bull or a breed that looks like one & get hysterical robbing citizens there rights based on fear!

    -- Posted by Soujerner on Fri, Mar 22, 2013, at 9:36 AM
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