DEKALB COUNTY – (WAOK/AJC) – Pit bulls are no longer a restricted household pet in DeKalb County, a zoning change that its advocates say should help the county focus more on all dangerous dogs and possibly improve the adoption rate from its shelter. The DeKalb CountyCommission unanimously agreed Tuesday to lift the ban on pit bulls — part of the county’s zoning code, not animal control ordinances — after more than a year of weighing the issue. No other metro county has a ban on pit bulls, and DeKalb’s was less a ban than a source of confusion. Code enforcement officers would write tickets, but they were thrown out when pet owners complained that their breed was not a pitbull. Commissioner Jeff Rader, says the law has not been effective in getting rid of dangerous animals. DeKalb has a strong local ordinance against vicious and dangerous dogs. DeKalb joined many other cities across the country that wanted to ban pit bulls, because of many well publicized attacks by dogs with similar appearances.
NEW YORK - JULY 12: Herb Nieves and his dog Max, a red nose pitbull, cool out in the Columbus Circle fountain during a heat wave on July 12, 2011 in New York City. The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory as the heat index is expected to reach 100 in New York City. The city has kept cooling centers open to help residents beat the heat and humidity. (Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)(Photo by Ramin Talaie/Getty Images)