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City Council discusses vicious dog laws after pit bull attack

CINCINNATI (WKRC) -- Pit bulls are a big topic at Cincinnati City Council monday, after Cincinnati Police shot and killed two dogs that viciously attacked a young girl in Westwood.

6-year-old Zainabou Drame remains in critical condition. The dogs who attacked her were apparently guarding a drug dealer's stash. Zontae Irby was arrested on drug and weapons charges, after the attack.

Zainabou tripped and fell in front of the house, which is what may have triggered the dogs. Police arrived two minutes later, and shot both of them.

Monday, council members looked at ways to make state law more effective. "Probably 90 percent of people who have pit bulls, they are good owners, they're not involved in drugs, they're not involved in gangs, they're not involved in crime," says Charlie Winburn. "So I was just wondering if there's any kind of way we can go after these drug dealers, gang members and those who commit crimes and have those dogs. So that could be a new profile."

Most council members agreed, any new laws shouldn't just be about pit bulls, but about vicious dogs. They may look at ways to get state lawmakers to tie prosecution of drug dealing with vicious dog ownership. That way good dog owners won't get penalized.

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