From the Sioux City Journal:
“Councilman Aaron Rochester said Thursday he will propose that the council ban ownership of pit bulls in the city but allow current pit bull owners to keep their pets under a grandfather clause.
On Monday, he will introduce a proposed ordinance that would allow owners to keep their pit bulls as long as they registered and licensed the dogs with the city clerk’s office. Puppies born to registered dogs
would be exempt from registration until they were 6 months old.
… If the ordinance passes, Rochester said, “We won’t allow any new pit bulls in Sioux City.”
The proposed law would define a pit bull as being an American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog that appears to have those characteristics.
‘The more we looked into this, the statistics are pretty damning of that breed,’ Rochester said. ‘When you get multiple cities and countries banning them because of the same issues, it’s time to take a look at it.’
‘…In Sioux City, I’m just proposing you register them,’ he said. ‘I have spoken with citizens who have had multiple problems with pit bulls. They’ve gone after people, dogs and even cats. They’re an aggressive dog. Because of their strong bite, they can latch onto you or another animal and cause tissue damage’.”
Read this article in its entirety here.
Please contact the Sioux City City Council here and politely inform them that “pit bull” is not a breed, but a slang term that describes a conglomeration of breeds which skews statistics rendering them fatally flawed. Even Councilman Rochester defines “pit bull” as being at least 3 breeds and any mixes of those breeds or sharing the appearance and characteristics of those breeds. Please also inform them that the urban myth of “pit bulls’” stronger or locking jaws has long been debunked. And finally, please inform the council that breed-specific legislation, in any form, is unenforceable and ineffective.