Glidden, Iowa to Consider Regulating “Pit Bulls”
From the Daily Times Herald:
The Glidden City Council is considering stiffening a vicious-animal ordinance to include a breed-specific provision regulating
Whether the dogs would be outright banned or handled in another manner has not been determined. Elected officials and staff are reviewing ordinances from other cities and expect to deal with the matter at the next council meeting.
City Administrator Loren Lodge said he brought the matter to the attention of the Glidden City Council Monday night after receiving a report from a family who was concerned about a pit bull that frightened a small girl. She was not hurt.
…Lodge said Glidden is considering copying the Carroll approach to pit bulls.
According to Carroll Police Chief Jeff Cayler, residents of the city can own pit bulls but they are highly regulated.
Owners need to obtain $50,000 in liability insurance for a pit bull and house them in pens with tops and firmly planted sides. When they are out of the structure the pit bulls must be muzzled and controlled by someone 18 or older.
Cayler said he doesn’t believe there is anyone in Carroll now with a pit bull permit.
“We rarely have people apply for them,” Cayler said. “It’s difficult to get insurance.”
Cayler said police have had to remove dozens of pit bulls from Carroll over the last two decades.
“Generally it’s not your responsible pet owners who are buying pit bulls – not to say it doesn’t happen,” Cayler said.
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Please contact the Glidden, Iowa Mayor and City Council here and politely inform them that BSL is ineffective (as Carroll has illustrated) and unenforceable. An enforced leash law and a non-breed-specific dog law are more than adequate to police irresponsible dog owners of any breed.