Lebanon Reporter

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June 19, 2013

Owning a pit bull in Pa. is doggone expensive

NEW CASTLE, Pa. — Owning a pit bull in Bessemer will soon be a costly proposition.

For starters, try buying a $10,000 bond. And then there's more. Bessemer Borough Council unanimously revised its 25-year-old pit bull ordinance at a special meeting this week, updating fees to reflect current costs.

The dogs “are considered dangerous animals/dogs and potentially hazardous to the community,” the ordinance states. The council raised the required bond to keep a pit bull or similar dog more than 6 months old from $5,000 to $10,000.

The bond must be posted to help cover victim medical costs in case of an attack. The council also raised a sliding scale of annual license fees for keeping pit bulls. They now range from $175 per year for one dog to $1,100 for three.

In addition, prospective owners must pay a $75 application fee to get the license. That was raised from $50.

One more type of dog, the Rottweiler, was added to dog breeds considered dangerous and potentially hazardous under the new ordinance.

Details for this story were provided by the New Castle, Pa., News.

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