West Liberty, Iowa Considers Breed-Specific Ordinance for “Pit Bulls”

From the West Liberty Index:

“Recent incidents involving pit bulls have spurred West Liberty law enforcement to recommend an ordinance banning them within city limits to the West Liberty City Council. At last Tuesdays regular meeting of the West Liberty City Council, Police Chief P.J. Brewer approached the council with his concerns.

…’I dont want to have to shoot a dog and I dont want anyone else to have to shoot a dog,’ Brewer said. ‘I think its something we need to look at. Other cities are doing this and I think we need also look at doing this. Thats just three incidents in the last three weeks with that specific breed.’

Many cities around Iowa are creating breed-specific ordinances targeting pit bull-specific breeds. Iowa City, Davenport, Muscatine and Des Moines, to name a few, have already enacted ordinances banning the breed from being kept within city limits.

The Finance & Ordinance Committee will be meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27, to discuss the possibility of creating a breed-specific ordinance. The committee will report back to the council at its next meeting Tuesday, Sept. 2.”

Read this article in its entirety here.

Please contact the West Liberty Mayor and City Council at the following address and politely inform them that breed-specific ordinances, whether a ban or restrictions, are unenforceable and ineffective:


City of West Liberty
409 N. Calhoun Street
West Liberty, Iowa 52776

Telephone: 319-627-2418
Fax: 319-627-6523

City Manager: cward@lcom.net

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