Des Moines, Iowa May Consider “Pit Bull” Ban
From the Des Moines Register:
A Des Moines City Council member has come out in favor of a pit bull ban while local leaders weigh tougher regulations on breeds of dogs deemed vicious in the city code.
Councilwoman Christine Hensley said the volume of complaints and concerns she’s fielded about pit bulls over the years has moved her to back a ban.
“They’re not an appropriate breed to have in the city because there are all kinds of issues that could potentially develop,” she said.
…There are 199 licensed pit bulls in Des Moines this year, but 402 pit bull-type dogs have been identified at one time or another within the city limits. A Des Moines ordinance passed in 1987 classified pit bulls as vicious dogs.If a ban is implemented, dog owners who already have pit bulls in the city should be able to keep them if they follow necessary requirements, Hensley said.
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Please contact the Des Moines Mayor and City Council here and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective and unenforceable, and that a mere enforced leash law could do wonders.