At the Rolla City Council meeting Monday, the following considerations were discussed, including a possible ban on “pitbulls” and/or breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter:
1. The number of dogs and cats per household should be limited to no more than four combined. This is slightly more restrictive than what the committee agreed on, but will be more conducive to the city constraints.
2. Registration should be implemented for all dog breeds, but not for cats or other animals. It should also be mandatory that all Pitbulls and similar types of dogs be altered (spayed/neutered) at the time of registration due to the fact that studies show that unaltered dogs show more aggressive tendencies than altered dogs. It is also recommended that a leash be required for all dogs in public places.
3. The proposed exotic animal ordinance should be implemented, which now defines exotic animals and removes the responsibility of the city administrator and police chief on decision-making for each individual case. (An exotic animal means any animal which, when in its wild state, is capable [while at large] of inflicting serious physical harm upon human beings. A list of what qualifies as an exotic animal is also available).
Please contact members of the Rolla City Council and tell them breed-specific measures like bans and mandatory spay/neuter are ineffective since the same irresponsible individuals that caused a ban or other breed-specific measures to be proposed will not abide by further restrictions. A leash law, more Animal Control enforcement, and public education about spaying/neutering and not allowing dogs to free-roam go a long way in prevention of dog bites, free-roaming dogs, and unwanted litters.