Dog Control: Pit bulls used to protect drug dealers

By Perry Russom

October 7, 2013 Updated Oct 7, 2013 at 11:54 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The city of Binghamton said an increasing number of drug dealers use pit bulls to attack its police force, and City Council is looking to stop it.

"We hear about the dog bites," said Binghamton City Councilman Chris Papastrat. "We hear about dogs being abandoned and this is what I like to address and I don't know how we're going to do that yet, but this is where we started the discussion to see where it can take us."

Binghamton's Dog Control Officer Brian Hill started the discussion by saying he's seen a rising correlation between the dogs and drug activity. He said the bite rates have increased "tremendously."

Dog control and Binghamton police met with City Council Monday night to discuss ways to curtain those exchanges with what they describe as "aggressive" dogs on drug raids.

Binghamton police said they sometimes have to include coming in contact with aggressive dogs when they're making arrests.

Council President Teri Rennia said the city cannot have laws that single out a specific breed.

Council also learned Monday there is no law to limit the number of dogs a resident can own.

There is a law that dates back to the 1970's that limits the number to four, but City Council wasn't sure if the law is still in the books.

They said if there wasn't a repeal on the law, it should still stand. Council is looking into its enforcement.