Pit bull owners will get refund checks

Published: Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 12:11 PM
Updated: Monday, July 16, 2012 @ 12:11 PM

Some pit bull owners in Xenia will soon get a check in the mail as the state of Ohio no longer recognizes pit bulls as dangerous dogs, and that changed an ordinance in Xenia.

The checks will be for about $23, and they will be going to nearly 50 people who registered their pit bulls when the city put the ordinance in place.

The controversy started last winter and was triggered by the attack of a Xenia woman in 2010. The city put an ordinance in place that required the owners of pit bulls and a handful of other breeds to pay a registration fee of $30 and provide proof of liability insurance of at least $100,000.

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In May, the state of Ohio removed pit bulls from its list of vicious dogs, and that decision overturned community pit bull bans.

Xenia’s city council said it wanted to be consistent with the state, so council members voted late last week to refund a prorated portion of the money.