By Maggie Clark 

Pit bulls have been buzzing in the news lately after the City of Springfield created a new city ordinance that essentially bans new pit bulls within city limits beginning Jan. 1, 2018.  

According to local news sources, the pit bull ban was brought to the attention of the Springfield City Council after local residents Travis and Christin Atwell’s two toddlers were attacked by two pit bulls in their backyard.

According to the new ordinance, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, you must have your pit bull registered if you live within city limits. No new pit bulls will be allowed in city limits after the deadline. If any unregistered dogs are found in Springfield city limits, they will be seized and disposed of following ordinance guidelines.  

Many Springfield residents are perplexed by this ban.

“Buster is the sweetest dog I’ve ever had,” junior Katheryn Prier said. “He greets me at the door when I get home and he sleeps with me every night.”

Prier said Buster has never been aggressive towards humans.

“I was thinking when I moved out I would get my own rescue pit bull, but since the ban, I will not be able to get another dog in Springfield’s system,” Prier said.

Since the ordinance began, people have been rallying together trying to get the ban repealed. A petition has been drafted trying to take it back to City Council. Springfield resident Terry Waite sat outside PetSmart for hours trying to get signatures.

“I’ve gotten about 60 signatures today, almost 20 an hour,” Waite said. “Now having over 3,000 right now, their goal is 5,000, though the minimum requirement is 2,300.”

Waite said their goal is to bring it up to City Council where the council will either repeal the ordinance or put it up to a vote.

“It’s wrong to ban an animal,” she said. “It should be based on the animal’s actions, not the breed.”