By GREG JORDAN
Bluefield Daily Telegraph
An unregistered pit bull was found inside Bluefield’s city limits after a biting incident involving another breed of dog was investigated.
One of Bluefield’s city employees was bitten on the leg while collecting garbage on Norfolk Street, Police Chief D.M. Dillow said.
“He came in and made a complaint,” Dillow stated. “It was not a pit bull that bit him. It was a different type of dog.”
When the city police and animal control officer went to the dog’s home to investigate, they found that a person there had an unregistered pit bull, Dillow said.
The complaint was made Monday, and the dogs were confiscated Tuesday. Dillow described the other dog as “a shar pei mix.”
Each dog had a different owner, and both owners were cited.
“The pit bull was unregistered,” Dillow said. “Being unregistered, that makes it illegal to be in the city. Its owner was cited for it not being registered, and the other dog was taken because it was vicious and had bitten the trash man.”
What will happen to the dogs will be up to the city court, Dillow stated. Both dogs were taken to the Mercer County Animal Shelter.
Bluefield City Court convenes on Wednesday. Dillow did not know whether the case would be heard today or next week. He declined to state the names of the dogs’ owners.
The Bluefield Board of Directors passed an ordinance April 23 banning pit bulls from the city.
Citizens were given 10 business days after its passage to register their pit bulls with the city. In the days before the deadline, approximately 97 pet owners registered 133 pit bulls.
The ban includes wolf-hybrid dogs.
Under the ordinance, pit bull owners who have an unregistered pit bull in the city could be fined up to $1,000, City Manager Jim Ferguson said when the deadline approached. Confiscated pit bulls could be destroyed.
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