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Woman hopes to reverse ban on pit bulls in Poplar Bluff

POPLAR BLUFF, MO (KFVS) -

A Poplar Bluff, Missouri woman is trying to reverse a city's pit bull ordinance.

After visiting the local animal shelter, Jordan Miller said she was heartbroken to learn the pit bull wasn't up for adoption due to Poplar Bluff's ban on the breed.

"I see an animal as a life. It is wrong to take that away if they are not doing anything,” said Miller.

She then decided to act.

"I understand that if there is vicious dog you have to put it down no matter what the breed, but for the dogs I saw, they weren't vicious,” she said.

She later posted a video on her Facebook page and it has since gained the attention of thousands. She also started a petition and in less than 24 hours, thousands more have signed and left supporting comments in hopes of getting the ordinance reversed.

"People were like, 'wow, these dogs aren't cruel they aren't vicious,'” said Miller.

“The public for the most part has supported this ordinance,” said Captain Donald Trout with the Poplar Bluff Police Department.

Captain Trout said back in 2010, the city enacted the ban because of the crimes that revolved around the breed, such as thefts, drugs and dog fighting.

Captain Trout said since then those crime rates have gone down.

He said the city's goal is to find all the animals at the shelter loving homes.

"We would like to relocate it. Any license pet shelter in the state of Missouri is more than welcome to come get this dog to see if they can reintroduce it somewhere,” he said.

Two of the four pit bulls at the shelter are awaiting court cases and the third was a lost dog, which was reunited with his family.

Miller needs to collect 10,000 signatures before she can bring the petition to city council members.

To sign it, you can click here.

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