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Using Pit Bulls As Service Dogs Still Up in the Air for Yakima

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Pit bulls as service dogs in the city of Yakima is an issue the City Council is taking some time with after they pulled it from the council meeting earlier in the week. Pit bulls as service dogs in the city of Yakima is an issue the City Council is taking some time with after they pulled it from the council meeting earlier in the week.

YAKIMA, WA - Pit bulls as service dogs in the city of Yakima is an issue the City Council is taking some time with after they pulled it from the council meeting earlier in the week.

NBC Right Now spoke with City Code Manager Joe Caruso about what some of the red tape on this issue is, and he said there are not really any legal hurdles to get through, just a lot of research and looking at previous cases on this.

Staff at the Humane Society in Yakima said if legislation like this is passed for the city, it could be a big step forward for the breed.

"I would love to have that law be enacted because I think it would then allow people to see that breed specific legislation may not be applicable," said Nicole Papageorgiou from the Yakima Humane Society.

Caruso also said this started because of a nationwide trend to get around legislation in cities with similar pit bull bans.

In the past two months, he said staff at the department saw several people come in asking how they can make their pit bull a service animal, even though the breed is illegal in city limits.

The department is looking at the legality of this with the American Disability Act and what other cities who have bit pull bans did to accommodate those who use the breed as a service dog.

He's not sure why city council pulled the vote off the agenda on Tuesday, but expects it to be back on the city agenda soon.

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