Waterloo, Iowa to Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance

Apparently word that Waterloo was planning a breed-specific ordinance was leaked late last week, which prompted me to write a pre-emptive letter urging Waterloo officials not to pursue a breed ban or breed-specific legislation. I received a couple of replies from Waterloo city officials informing me that they had no intention of pursuing a breed ban. Well, true enough, they apparently weren’t going to pursue a breed ban, but one ordinance proposal they are considering will be breed specific according to the WCF Courier:

“Another potential ordinance would outline a list of potentially dangerous dog breeds. Residents keeping such breeds would need an extra registration, which would detail their ability to confine the animal adequately and require proof of insurance covering damage the dog may cause. Such dogs would also need a permanent registration affixed to their body through microchip implants, tattoos or other methods.”

Please write the Waterloo Mayor and City Council and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective 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:


Timothy J. Hurley
City Hall
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, Iowa 50703
Office: (319) 291-4301
Fax: (319) 291-4286

City Council Members:

Ward 1
Reggie Schmitt
1515 Audubon Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
Work: 319-292-7339
E-mail: schmittreginalda@johndeere.com

Ward 2
Carolyn Cole
836 Lynkaylee Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
E-mail: Carolyn.cole@vgm.com

Ward 3
Harold Getty
1555 Woodmayr Drive
Waterloo, IA 50703
E-mail: harcarge@aol.com

Ward 4
Quentin M. Hart
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
E-mail: quentin.hart@waterloo-ia.org

Ward 5
Ron Welper
1120 West 8th Street
Waterloo, IA 50702

Bob Greenwood
3553 Muirfield Drive
Waterloo, IA 50701
Office: 319-234-1589
FAX: 319-234-5627
E-mail: rjgrx@aol.com

Steven J. Schmitt
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Work: 319-232-3701, Ext. 201
Fax: 319-232-1191
E-Mail: sschmitt@schmitthouse.com

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