Sandy, Utah Considers Breed-Specific Ordinance for “Pit Bulls” and Rottweilers
“[T]he Sandy City Council [is] considering breed-specific changes to the city animal-control ordinance.
If approved, the new ordinance would put vicious dogs in three classes: prohibited, restricted and dangerous. Prohibited dogs would include coyotes, wolves, dingos, and wild hybrids; animals already outlawed in the city.
Breeds such as pit bulls and Rottweilers would be in the restricted class. The city could require their owners to take out insurance policies, build escape-proof kennels and pass an inspection by animal control officers.
Restricted dogs could be upgraded to dangerous dogs if they showed a tendency for violence or were classified dangerous by a judge. Those dogs could only be taken in public with short leashes and muzzles, according to the proposed ordinance.
‘Animal rights is almost a religion now, but we think we need to bring (this issue) to people’s attention,’ Sandy council member Chris McCandless said in a work meeting. ‘The main thing is preventive. We’re not trying to keep animals out’.”
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Please contact Sandy City Council members and politely tell them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective and unenforceable.