EDGEWOOD, N.M. (KRQE) – Neighbors in a particular Edgewood community are backing a proposal that would ban certain dog breeds, namely pit bulls, from the town.
The proposal comes after an incident in November in which a couple walking their two small dogs in the Square H community were rushed by a group of larger dogs that got loose from a yard.
“We’re looking at possible six or seven dogs involved in this attack and up to four of them were pit bulls,” Edgewood Police Chief Ronald Crow said.
The two small dogs received non-life threatening injuries, but two people were hurt, too.
“The owner of the two dogs that were [being] walked reaches down and tries to separate the animals from the attack and in the process gets bit himself,” Crow said.
The same happens to the owner of the pit bulls when he tries to intervene. Crow said that man’s arm was punctured by one of the smaller dogs that did not belong to him.
Court documents show the case quickly moved through the courts and the owner of the pit bulls pleaded guilty to several crimes related to the attack.
Fast forward about a month, and now some neighbors in that Square H community have proposed to Edgewood Town Council a ban on so-called dangerous dogs, like pit bulls and other canines of the Molosser category.
“It doesn’t surprise me at all, actually, because I’ve just heard pit bulls are really hated breeds,” one Square H resident said, but added, “I’m not for banning certain breeds here. Because every dog is different.”
Another Square H resident who asked to remain anonymous, however, said he fully supports the idea.
Janelle Turner, of Edgewood, told KRQE News 13 she doesn’t like the idea of a breed ban and doesn’t think it would get enough support to pass.
“As far as police and animal control, we are not in favor, at this time, of a breed ban,” Chief Crow said.
Crow did say, however, that he is in favor of tightening up the town’s current animal ordinance.
He supports better defining dangerous and potentially dangerous animals, animal control officers being able to immediately impound animal that get loose and attacks, and changing the number of animals you can own – which currently is up to 15 with a permit.
“We haven’t decided on a number yet, but we do know we want to bring that number to go down,” he said.
The next time the breed ban proposal goes before council is on Wednesday the 21st during the next meeting.
The neighboring Village of Tijeras has a breed ban on pit bulls.