The City of Yakima cleared up some serious confusion about their pit bull ordinance during their meeting Tuesday night.
The original ordinance banned pit bulls with the only exception being if they are labeled service animals. But it didn’t spell out the penalties if people violated the law or mishandled their service dogs.
Some of the penalties include a $250 fine or a misdemeanor charge. The city attorney says before the city noticed the oversight, it would have been very difficult to hold violators responsible.
“We needed to take the steps that were taken to make sure that it was complete,” Jeff Cutter said. “Otherwise if there had been a violation of the ordinance, it was conceivable that we would have no way of dealing with it.”
The city says they’ve caught two people who falsified applications for their pit bulls to become service dogs. If a person is convicted of lying on service dog forms, they could face perjury charges.