CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- Mayor Peggy Smith told Charles Town City Council members Tuesday night she has observed several pit bull dogs in the city and said she is concerned for residents, particularly children.
Smith said the city has a law prohibiting dangerous and vicious animals but the law has weaknesses, including a lack of penalties for keeping such animals.
The law defines vicious animals as any with a "known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack."
Smith said the council's ordinance review committee will review the vicious dog law.
Smith said she recently saw a pit bull in a yard on Seminary Street and a man walking two pit bulls on another occasion on Seminary Street.
Smith said she also watched a pit bull strongly pulling a woman along as the woman was walking the dog near Jefferson Memorial Park.