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Aberdeen City Council to vote on pit bull ordinance

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There are more than 400 dog breeds in the world, but one of those breeds may soon be banned from Aberdeen.

 The Aberdeen City Council met to discuss an ordinance that would ban pit bulls from the city.

A similar ordinance was voted on in March of 2011, but the vote ended in a tie, and a majority is needed to issue a new amendment.

 KSFY News spoke with one pit bull owner who is amazed at the stereotypes his dogs receive.

"Obviously a couple of incidents happened and they have a bad impression of them (pit bulls)," Brandon Black, who owns two pit bulls, said. "It is very inaccurate to generalize all pit bulls as being bad.

Black claims to have chosen the pit bull breed to debunk the negative stereotype.

"I had heard a lot of bad things about them," Black said.  "I spent a little time with them and figure out, ‘wow these are great dogs'."

John Weaver works with the Aberdeen Animal Control Unit and is well aware of the dangers that can happen if one does not properly train their pit bull.

"A pit bull is very smart, very strong, and a very willful animal," Weaver said.  "If you own a pit bull you got to know what a pit bull is, and you have got to know how to train it."

The Aberdeen City Council is scheduled to discuss the details of the ordinance December 10th.

It would take approximately 800 signatures by the public to make the vote on this amendment public. 

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