Beebe, Arkansas Seeks to Combine Pit Bull Ban with Vicious Dog Category Since BSL is Not Working
According to the Beebe News in Beebe, Arkansas, Mayor Mike Robertson and the city’s attorney Barrett Rodgers, may combine the ordinance language that bans so-called pit bulls with the ordinance language related to vicious dogs.Â
Beebe already has a breed-specific law (BSL) banning so-called pit bulls, or “Pit Bulls and others in that category of terriers,” yet their BSL is not working since, as the Beebe News acknowledged:
The gist of the changes may be – when they come to the council table at the December meeting – that whenever one of those dogs gets picked up by the city, it will not be able to be adopted and may be euthanized.
If there is a pit bull ban in the city, then why would there be so-called pit bulls free-roaming?Â
In other words, underlying the need for more BSL is an automatic acknowledgement that Beebe’s current BSL isn’t working.Â So why add more?Â
Why not instead remove the breed-specific portion of Beebe’s vicious dog law?Â Or better yet, pass a dangerous dog (owner) law and take the onus off of dogs or breeds of dog, and put it squarely where it belongs: on the irresponsible owner.