Great Bend, KS Ad Hoc Committee Still Honing Breed-Specific Recommendations
The ad hoc committee tasked with streamlining a list of suggestions for a vicious dog ordinance proposal to submit to the Great Bend, Kansas, City Council met Wednesday, July 17, 2013, and will meet one final time at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 21, 2013. According to Bob Suelter, City Attorney and chairman of the […]
Swanton, Ohio Refuses to Repeal Breed-Specific Ordinance Despite Ohio Having Repealed ‘Dangerous Dog’ Definition for “Pit Bulls”
Despite the state of Ohio removing the dangerous dog definition for so-called “pit bulls” last year, some municipalities are slow to follow suit, choosing instead to continue with their archaic and arbitrary breed-specific ordinances. Swanton, Ohio, is one such slow-moving municipality that, according to The Toledo Blade, has “decided not to change language that […]
Watertown, Wisconsin Discussing Revised Breed-Specific Ordinance Again Tonight
***The Watertown Public Safety and Welfare Committee will hold a meeting to discuss their breed-specific ordinance proposal tonight, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, starting at 5 p.m. in room 8 in the municipal building, 106 Jones St. (The breed-specific ordinance proposal will be discussed at 6 p.m.) *** As we discussed in our post from February, […]
Hoisington, Kansas May Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance on August 12
According to the Great Bend Tribune, Hoisington, Kansas met at its regular meeting on Monday, July 8, 2013, and discussed the possibility of a breed-specific ordinance, including a potential breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter law, for “pit bulls” after a child was recently bitten by a so-called “pit bull.” I say “so-called” “pit bull” not at […]
Collins, Mississippi Passes a Breed Ban, but Then Doesn’t? Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off!
On July 3, 2013, it was reported by WDAM NBC channel 7 that Collins, Mississippi had passed a breed-specific ordinance during their July 2, 2013, Board of Aldermen meeting. It was reported that the ordinance banned residents from harboring “pit bulls” and Rottweilers inside the city limits. As noted in the article, Collins […]
Garland County, Arkansas Passes Breed-Specific Ordinance Using Dubious Breed Determinations and Specious Statistics
As we noted in a June post, Garland County, Arkansas, was considering a breed-specific ordinance after a Bull Mastiff mauled a child in a misguided attempt to protect its owner. Garland then decided to tack on “pit bulls” to their breed-specific ordinance after suddenly realizing the Bull Mastiff also just so happened to be […]
BSL not working? Maybe more impotent legislation will help. Not!
Here’s a new trend in some municipalities: Adding to existing breed-specific legislation (BSL) because the existing BSL isn’t working. We saw this with Bluefield, West Virginia. Bluefield recognized its existing breed-specific ordinance wasn’t effective, but instead of repealing the ineffective ordinance, they just went on to ban the prior restricted breeds, which also […]
Webb City, Missouri to Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance Tonight!
Update: Given that Joplin, Missouri was devastated by a horrific tornado over the weekend and that Joplin neighbors Webb City, it is doubtful that Webb City will be having a council meeting tonight as scheduled. The breed-specific ordinance will, of course, still be under consideration so please keep vigilant. Our ongoing prayers go […]
Manton, Michigan to Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance for “Pit Bulls”
Editor’s note: If a resident’s dog was attacked by a “pit bull” (though “pit bull” is not a breed) then the issue is a free-roaming or uncontained dog problem, not a breed problem since the same scenario is possible with any breed of dog. Please contact the Manton City Commission here and politely inform […]
Xenia, Ohio to Consider Breed-Specific Ordinance Tonight!
Editor’s note: Once again a city points a finger at breed (though “pit bull” is not a breed) instead of identifying the real threat: free-roaming dogs. Please contact the Xenia City Council as soon as possible and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation (BSL) is ineffective, unenforceable, and unconstitutional. (For those writing letters, consider […]