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Pit Bull attacks raise concerns about breed

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Dogs are known to be man's best friend, but some community leaders said pit bulls have a reputation of their own.

"In today's world, why you'd want to assume the liability of owning pit bull, concerning to me," said Stratford Police Chief Korey Schillinger.

Schillinger said pit bulls haven't been allowed there for years.

"We have had one challenge to it, I think we were able to justify it to the owner of that dog, why the ordinance was on the book and they accepted the ordinance," said Schillinger.

But officials in Wausau said they're handling the situation a bit differently, by focusing on behavior - not breed.

"Any dog that is involved in any kind of bite or attack that we're notified of, the officer goes to the scene and tries to do some assessment of the dog's behavior," said Wausau Police Cpt. Bryan Hilts.

Hilts said dog owners in the city played a big role in the decision.

"Because they perhaps had a pet that was one of those breeds but it was properly trained and well-behaved and they didn't feel it was fair to be further restricted," said Hilts.

Workers at the Marathon County Humane Society said it's more about the dog's environment than the breed.

"We want to make sure that we're finding a responsible home, responsible owner, so we can have a responsible dog in the community," said Humane Society Supervisor, Lisa Held.

Workers there said training and giving the dogs the care they need is what's important.

"Any dog with teeth can bite, there's always going to be a bad dog," said Held.

But some leaders said they don't want to take the chance with this breed.

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