A judge on Wednesday, dismissed a case against a Swanton man charged with failing to register a dog deemed vicious under the village’s code because it was labeled a “pit bull”-type dog.
The case centered around a dog named Bailey, who was owned by Tim Bork and his family.
Swanton Village counsel for the case filed the motion for dismissal, admitting there was not enough evidence to prove that Bailey fit within the parameters set by the ordinance.
Despite the state’s move away from breed-specific language in 2012, the village of Swanton maintains an ordinance labeling as vicious “any breed of dog that is commonly known as a ‘pit bull dog.’ “
The ordinance states that Staffordshire bull terriers, Americcan pit bull terriers, and American Staffordshire terriers are vicious, as well as any mixed breed dog that has “as an element of its breeding, the breed of Staffordshire bull terrier, or American pit bull terrier.