Posted: Friday, August 30. 2013 --- 9:35pm
Kelly Lappen and her husband live in Waunakee. About 8 months ago, they got their dog Clay. But, they didn't realize at the time having a pit bull was against the law.
According to Waunakee's official website: “no person shall own, harbor, or keep within the village any dog known as a pit bull." Waunakee police say it's not enforced unless there's a complaint.
Waunakee isn't alone. There are over 30 pit bull ordinances in Wisconsin.
"My husband took him outside and a gentleman was walking his dog and clay barked at him. And the police came this morning and said that we had 20 days to get rid of him” Lappen tells NBC 15.
Lappen says Clay's never bitten anyone. It's a stereotype often associated with pit bulls.
According to a study by the CDC, pit bulls were responsible for nearly one-third of dog attacks on humans. The study was done between 1979 and 1998.
But, according to the American Canine Temperament Testing Society most pit bulls are friendly. The nonprofit organization looks at all types of breeds. About 84 percent of pit bulls showed no signs of aggression. That's higher than beagles and toy poodles.
"Don't judge a dog by its breed. Judge it by its character” says Lappen.
Lappen now has 20 days to get rid of her dog or face continual fines.
Watertown is also currently considering a ban on pit bulls.