Youngstown, Ohio to Propose BSL
From the AKC:
The city council has a public meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Wednesday), August 22nd and is TODAY expected to add a breed ban proposal to their agenda. The fact that this proposal, which will have a dramatic impact on many residents, is being introduced with so little public notice is outrageous. In fact, the actual text of the measure will not be available until noon today.
It is our understanding from one councilmember who had seen a draft that the proposal will ban American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers and some of the Mastiff breeds. We will forward the details of the ordinance as soon as they are available.
We need you to immediate alert any members of your clubs who live in Youngstown to attend tomorrow’s meeting. As of right now the public will not be able to address the council, but if a significant number of constituents appear it will make it much more difficult for them to move this item without public input. Four of the seven council members would have to vote to allow public comment. It is also vital that residents call or email their representative on the Youngstown City Council and alert them to their opposition of the proposal and ask that public testimony be allowed.
If you are unsure of who your representative is, you can contact the city clerk at 330.742.8708 [or via the city website by clicking here]. The meeting will begin at 5:30pm and take place in the council chambers on the 6th floor of City Hall at 26 South Phelps Street.