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After being in place for 30 years, Yakima's pit bull ban ends

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YAKIMA, WA - Yakima's embattled pit bull ban that's been in place for more than 30 years - is gone.

"Five people voted to lift the ban with two voting in opposition," said councilmember Carmen Méndez.

Those are the results on the pit bull ban and because of that, starting September 23 pit bulls will be legally allowed within the City of Yakima.

The executive director of the Yakima Humane Society says he was hopeful about the ban being lifted because of the large amount of people in favor of having it removed.

"I think it ended up being 13,750 signatures, and we had a strong showing last night at the council meeting," Charles Stanton said. "We're thrilled."

So what went into the decision-making of overturning this 30-year-old ban... could it have been that the Yakima Humane Society earlier this month announced it would cut ties with the City if the ban was not lifted?

"We are in much need of the Humane Society and I think it's one of the reasons why some of the councilmembers voted in support," Méndez said.

Méndez  says the focus can be shifted onto the real issue.

"To put accountability to problem pet owners, and so that's one of the things that we are able to accomplish through the dangerous dog ordinance," Méndez explained.

Part of the focus will also be between the Yakima Humane Society and the City.

"We'll absolutely sit down with the City and have a conversation about what the future contract needs to look like, and that was a significant part of this goal; not only to see the ban lifted but also to be part of planning what the future looks like for animal care and control," said Stanton.

To learn more about the Humane Society's announcement regarding cutting ties with the City, click here: 

Yakima Humane Society speaks out about pit bull ban, ties with City
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