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Pit-bull ordinance seeks middle ground

There is a good case for a breed-specific ban of pit bulls in Wichita, given that 84 percent of the dogs deemed by the city to be dangerous are pit bulls. But the city regulations that take effect Jan. 1 — and that the Wichita City Council modified slightly this week — seeks a middle ground by targeting irresponsible owners. The new ordinance requires pit-bull owners to sterilize their dog (unless it is a show dog), implant an identifying microchip, and get a breeder's license if they want to keep more than two pit bulls. But does the city have the resources and will to enforce the ordinance?