New Wichita ordinance restricts pit bull owners

WICHITA | Pit bull owners in Wichita face more restrictions under a new animal ordinance approved Tuesday.

Starting in July, owners are limited to two pit bulls. Owners who already own more than two pit bulls can be grandfathered in.

The changes require adult pit bulls to be micro-chipped and most to be sterilized within six month of the ordinance going into effect. The dogs of licensed breeders can be exempted.

Council members voted 6-1 to approve the changes despite objections from leaders of the Kansas Humane Society and a local veterinarians' group. Opponents said breed-specific ordinances punish responsible owners.

Other changes that were approved include permitting owners to get three-year rabies vaccinations for their pets instead of annual ones.