After hours of emotionally charged testimony and intense debate Tuesday night, the Watertown Common Council narrowly passed new restrictions on owners of pit bull breeds and other dogs deemed vicious by the city.

The ordinance changes, which also raise the monetary fines for people whose dogs break the city's laws, were passed five to four. Council members Fred Smith, Mark Kuehl, Steve Zgnoc, Augie Tietz and Robert Stocks voted for the changes, while members Emily McFarland, Ken Berg, John Coughlin and Jim Romlein voted against it.

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