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Pittsburg woman working to change 40-year-old city ordinance that bans certain dogs within city limits

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Kelci Cooper recalls three years ago when she almost lost her dog sam to animal control.  

"They told me I had 24 hours to get him out of city limits or they were going to put him to sleep. And honestly, it terrified me, he's a member of my family."

The department received a complaint because of Sam's breed. He's a Staffordshire bull terrier.

"American Staffordshire Terrier or American Pitt Bull Terrier are not allowed to reside within the city limits of Pittsburg," said Jason Denney, Pittsburg Animal Control officer.

Cooper had to move outside the city to keep Sam and her other dogs.

"I mean, it's completely unfair," she said.

She's working to change this, with a petition and a Facebook page entitled "Sam's Ordinance" that proposes to allow pit bulls and outlawed terriers in the city. She has more than 1,000 signatures in support of her effort. But some feel there is still a risk in having these breeds in town.

"I realize, not everyone of them is going to be an aggressive dog, a lot of it depends on how it was raised, but they still have a tendency to be aggressive toward people," said city commissioner John Ketterman.

Cooper believes there is a lot about pitt bulls and terriers that people do not understand.

"I think that's because a majority of them come from shelters and they're rescue dogs and they've been thought a lot, and it takes a responsible dog owner to own these dogs," she said.

It is her hope that "Sam's Ordinance" will educate people about the breed. 


"They're fantastic dogs, but our proposal is not for anyone to own a pitt bug. It's for responsible dog owners to have the dogs they love."

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