Spencer, Iowa Considers Breed-Specific Ordinance for APBTs, AmStaffs, and Staffies

From The Daily Reporter:

“First filing on changes to the “Vicious Animals Ordinance” was unanimously approved at Monday night’s Spencer City Council meeting, but not before an extended discussion clarifying just how the changes would be enforced and what animals would be directly impacted.

Concerns were raised by Amy Clark, a veterinary assistant at Homestead Small Animal Practice as well as a dog trainer, regarding the specific breed targeting as suggested in the ordinance language, identifying breed specific dogs that would meet the definition of a vicious animal: A Staffordshire Terrier breed, American Pit-bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit-bull Terrier, or American Staffordshire.

‘Who determines dangerous dogs? Clark questioned.

‘The problem is with responsible ownership¦not the breed,’ Clark insisted.”

Read this article in its entirety here.

Please contact the Spencer Mayor and City Council here and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation in any form is ineffective and unenforceable.

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