Pit bull ban lifted in northern Kentucky, no more eating out

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This is an episode of reporter Julia Fair’s “By the way, NKY” series. Here you’ll find what’s going on in Northern Kentucky.

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Dayton lifts dog ban

Growing up, I always had at least two dogs running around the house.

We had herding dogs, animal shelter dogs, and we even rescued a dog from a neglected house. My parents always taught my brother and I how to train our dogs so that we have the best furry family members.

I was intrigued when I learned that the residents of Dayton, home to approximately 5,500 people along the Ohio River across from Cincinnati, are now permitted to own pit bulls.

At its July 6 meeting, Dayton council members voted 4-2 to lift its ban on American Pit Bull Terriers. Council members Joe Neary and Jeff Volter against lifting the ban.

Council members voting to lift the ban: Scott Beseler, Christina Kelly, Jessica Lovins and Beth Nyman. Against the lifting of the ban: Joe Neary and Jeff Volter.

The city originally adopted the ordinance in 2006. At the meeting, a resident said she recalled it being brought up because, at the time, police told city officials that local drug dealers kept pit bulls in homes like their “weapon of choice”.

These dogs have a bad reputation because they were used in dog fights; stories about pit bull attacks often appear in Google searches for the breed. Many people dispute that the breed is inherently aggressive and say that a dog’s behavior is a reflection of how he was brought up.

During a meeting, a resident said he feared lifting the ban would allow “angry pit bulls” to attack people on sidewalks.

A woman spoke to council members about anxiety with her service dog, Max, who is a pit bull-bulldog mix. She said some pit bulls are mean but added that it is often the owner’s fault and said she would never own a mean dog.

“I’ll be damned if I’m told to get rid of my dog ​​because he’s mixed up in the pit. He’s my service dog, he’s registered,” she said.

According to a Facebook post from the city, city officials discussed lifting the ban for more than a month, created a committee that assembled a report to examine the matter and heard testimony from residents.

The city still has a dangerous animal ordinance, which requires owners to restrain animals “that pose a physical threat to humans or other pets.”

“These pet owners must also exercise due diligence and take all necessary measures and precautions to protect other people, property and animals from any injury or damage that may result from the behavior of this animal,” the post read.

The Council has also increased the number of dogs a household can have from two to three.

Newport expands outdoor dining area

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I rarely ate outside.

I just didn’t get the call. In 2020, I learned that sitting outside can be just as comfortable and even more enjoyable than eating inside a restaurant.

Newport will be able to enhance its outdoor dining program with a grant of $ 37,500 from the Devou Good Foundation, according to a press release.

It will provide restaurant owners with free tables, chairs, planters and parasols.

“We are enhancing and elevating the outdoor dining and drinking experience by using public spaces and city sidewalks to provide cafe seating,” Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli, Jr said in the statement. “We’ve actually had alfresco dining in the city since 2001, but Café Seating takes the program to the next level and offers an enjoyable dining experience.

Places will be available later this year but the release did not give a specific time.

Businesses can register for the program at the City of Newport building at 998 Monmouth Street or download forms from the city’s website.

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