KCK votes to end decades-old pit bull ban

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (WIBW) A nearly three decade long ban on pit bulls in Kansas City, Kansas, came to an end Thursday night.

In front of a packed house, city commissioners voted six to three to repeal the breed-specific prohibition, KCTV5 reports. Most of the community members who wanted to speak prior to the vote wanted to see the ban stuck down, however three supporters, all of whom had a connection to a 71-year-old killed by a pit bull in 2006, spoke out for leaving it in effect.

One of the commissioners who ended up supporting the repeal contended the ban took resources away from solutions that could be more effective, like leash laws and non-breed-specific ordinances that are based on behavior.

Another commissioner who wanted to leave the ban in effect said a real solution would provide better funding for animal services.