Andover to place stricter fines on pit bull owners

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ANDOVER, Kan. (KAKE) -

The town of Andover is cracking down on pit bull owners by increasing fines and jail time for people who break the law.

Andover has had a ban on pit bull ownership since the early 2000s.

On Tuesday, the city council approved stricter fines for violating the law.

Now, the maximum fine for owning a pit is increased to $2,500. If you break the law, you could face up to a year in jail.

No one spoke out against the new rules.

"I think the sheer lack of anybody here in opposition speaks volumes. I know that there was an online petition and I know that we've had recent cases that caused a lot of grief and attention but I'm telling you people in this community agree with this ordinance, they like this ordinance and they want this ordinance,” Andover Mayor Ben Lawrence said.

In the past, several Andover pit bull supporters have spoken out against the city ordinance.,saying it discriminates against the breed. 

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