City council members in Westwego are gearing up to impose a new yearly permit for anyone who owns a pit bull. The proposal comes after a woman was nearly killed in a vicious dog attack, in which she lost both arms.
The measure is by Councilman Glen Green. Green said he's been contacted by people from around the world, warning him about the danger of the breed.
''To have an animal that is that aggressive and that hard to control once they get in that aggressive state is just dangerous,'' Green said.
The measure would require tough restrictions including warnings signs on the property of pit bull dog owners and at least $100,000 dollars in insurance.
Westwego Mayor John Shaddinger thinks the ordinance could go statewide and although they initially talked about a $1000 dollars for the permit, now he thinks it will be lowered to $50 dollars a year.
''You have to be 21 years old or older to own a Pit Bull and provide proof of the insurance,'' said Shaddinger.
Violators could be fined $500 or face six months in jail.