The Yakima City Council will consider lifting a citywide ban on pit bulls at Tuesday night's (March 20) meeting. The ban has been in effect for over 30 years.

There are exceptions to the ban -- such as having one as a service dog -- but your first violation will cost you $250, rising to $500 for the second.

I'm conflicted with the pit bull ban for a few reasons. When I was 10 years old the neighbor kid, Micah, was mauled by two dogs. One was a pit bull and the other a Rottweiler. That could have very easily been myself or my little brother instead of Micah. We both witnessed it happening, and I remember it took several parents to get the dogs off of Micah. To this day I remember him screaming. Micah survived, but had multiple physical and mental issues.

On the other hand, my cousins have a blue nose pit bull. (No, they don't live in Yakima.) That dog is a big baby! They have kids who climb all over it, pull its ears or tail, and it sleeps with their oldest son in his bed.

I'll admit that I was a little sacred of him at first, but after getting to know him and seeing with the kids I knew he was not like the dog that attacked Micah.

It really depends on the owners and how the dog is raised, but you could say that about any breed of dog.

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