Challenge to pit bull ordinance headed to state court

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A challenge to a Beaufort County ordinance requiring owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes to have their pets spayed or neutered is heading to state court.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that Gabriela Gonzalez is challenging the ordinance after her dog Kyra got loose in November and the county ordered the animal spayed.

Gonzalez argues Kyra is not a pit bull but a breed called an American bully and if spayed she will not be able to show the dog.

A county magistrate ruled Tuesday that magistrate's court should handle the case.

But Gonzalez is appealing to circuit court on the grounds that while magistrate courts can hear such things as property and contract disputes, magistrates can't hear disputes between residents and county agencies.

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Information from: The Island Packet, http://www.islandpacket.com