The city of Wellsville, Kansas has an ordinance that bans “pit bull terriers and Staffordshire terriers” within the city limits, but that could soon change if city officials vote to repeal the decade-old ordinance at the council meeting on Wednesday, July 9, 2014.
The proposal is expected to be on the meeting agenda after the council heard from several Wellsville and Franklin County residents during a public meeting held last Monday.
The issue was initially brought to city officials at the May 28, 2014 city council meeting when resident Lisa Roberts, along with several supporters, presented information to officials about the problems associated with breed specific laws, and asked the council to consider repealing the current ordinance.
In response, a public hearing was held in order to allow residents to voice their opinions either for or against repealing the ordinance. The hearing was well attended, with many residents asking the council to target problem dog owners rather than specific breeds of dogs.
According to Mayor Bill Lytle, the council could likely make a decision with respect to repeal at tomorrow’s meeting.
WELLSVILLE RESIDENTS: Please continue to reach out to your city officials and politely and respectfully encourage them to move forward with repealing the ordinance banning pit bull-type dogs. Let them know that breed specific laws are ineffective, discriminate against and penalize responsible dog owners, and do not enhance the safety or welfare of the residents in communities in which it exists. Urge your city officials to enact an ordinance that deems dogs dangerous according to their individual actions and behaviors and holds dog owners accountable for the actions of their dogs – regardless of breed.
Finally, please show your support for eliminating the breed specific language in the city’s current ordinance by attending the city council meeting on Wednesday, July 9, 2014. Council meetings start at 6:00 p.m., and are held at City Hall, 411 Main St., Wellsville.