In Sterling, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess any "Rottweiler" dog or "Pit Bull" dog. Pit Bulls include the Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of these breeds or a combination of any of these breeds.
2-113. Prohibited owning; exemptions.
(a) The owning of any wild, poisonous, or vicious animal within the city limits is prohibited as hereinafter provided. The governing body of the city shall have the authority by resolution to declare an animal wild, poisonous, or vicious because of the inherently dangerous nature of the animal as to persons, its history of attack or wounding of persons, the seriousness of these attacks or wounds, and it’s potential to inflict wounds in the future. Such declaration shall be grounds for the impoundment and humane euthanizing of the animal unless, without danger to the public, the animal can be and is removed from the city within 48 hours.
(b) Dogs: Keeping Prohibited - It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the City of Sterling, Kansas, any “Rottweiler” dog or “Pit Bull” dog. For purposes of this Section, “Rottweiler” shall mean any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the Rottweiler breed of dog. “Pit Bull” dog is defined to mean the following:
(1) The Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;
(2) The American pit bull terrier breed of dog;
(3) The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
(4) Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, or a combination of any of these breeds.
(Ord. 2335, Sec. 1; Ord. 2292, Sec. 1; Code 2014)
Any person or persons violating any of the provisions of this article shall upon conviction thereof be fined in any sum not less than $75.00 nor more than $500.00. Each day's violation of any of the provisions of this article shall constitute a separate offense.
(Code 1984; Code 2014)