The city of Pawtucket says it will defend its pit bull ban against a lawsuit challenging it. The Pawtucket ban appears to conflict with state law.
Pawtucket banned pit bulls nine years ago. The ordinance is now being challenged by pit bull owner Albert Alix and a group called Defenders of Animals. They said the ordinance was invalidated when the General Assembly enacted a state law forbidding cities and towns from breed-specific bans on dogs and cats. But Tony Pires, Pawtucket’s director of administration, said the ordinance is exempt from state law because it predates it.