Meridian Star

New Today

June 20, 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.

1
Text Only
New Today
Biz Marquee
New Today
Poll

Do you think the city of Meridian should have tried harder to find funding to repair the dam at Long Creek Reservoir before deciding to drain the lake?

Yes
No
     View Results
Facebook
Facebook
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Judge Ponders Overturning Colo. Gay Marriage Ban Airlines Halt Travel to Israel Amid Violence NYPD Chief Calls for 'use of Force' Retraining VA Nominee McDonald Goes Before Congress Bush: Don't Worry, Sugarland Isn't Breaking Up US Official: Most Migrant Children to Be Removed Police Probing Brooklyn Bridge Flag Switch CDC Head Concerned About a Post-antibiotic Era Raw: First Lady Says `Drink Up' More Water Courts Conflicted Over Healthcare Law Holder Urges Bipartisanship on Immigration Raw: Truck, Train Crash Leads to Fireball US Airlines Cancel Israel Flights Obama Signs Workforce Training Law Crash Victims' Remains Reach Ukraine-held City Diplomatic Push Intensifies to End War in Gaza Cat Fans Lap Up Feline Film Festival Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide