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City sets hearing on pit bull ban

By The Herald Staff | 11/29/2013

Ottawa residents soon will have the opportunity to express their opinions about pit bulls.

Ottawa city commissioners will conduct a public hearing — with no planned action to follow — in early January regarding an ordinance that prevents community members from owning pit bulls inside the city limits.

Jason Berve, an Ottawa resident, is trying to get the city commission to lift breed-specific rules in Ottawa that have worked to block pit bulls from the community. Berve, backed by several other people who oppose breed-specific regulations, made his case before commissioners at a city study session earlier this month.  

The commission has scheduled a public hearing on the issue for 7 p.m. Jan. 8 at City Hall, 101 S. Hickory St.

Sara Caylor, Ottawa mayor, said the purpose of the hearing would be to hear from residents on both sides of the issue. Caylor also encouraged residents who cannot be in attendance to submit their comments via email. The commissioners’ email addresses can be found on the city’s website at

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