PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) _ Pawtucket officials say they will continue to enforce a ban on pit bulls despite a new state law that forbids cities and towns from outlawing the ownership of specific breeds of dogs or cats.
City Council President David Moran tells the Providence Journal the city believes the law applies only to future bans.
Tony Pires, the city's administrator, says he has instructed police and animal control officers that the pit bull ban remains in effect.
Pawtucket banned pit bulls several years ago after a series of attacks on other animals and humans.
The sponsors of the new law argued that while some breeds of dogs, such as pit bulls, have a bad reputation, no breed of dog is inherently vicious or dangerous.