Cities discussing breed specific ordinances this week:
On Monday, May 14, Bastrop officials will hold a public meeting at City Hall at 5 p.m. to discuss the city’s intention to more closely follow its authority regarding pit bulls. According to Public Works director, Willie McKee, this will be an informative meeting to let residents know the city’s plan to start enforcing a “dangerous dog ordinance” passed in 2009 specifically targeting “pit bulls.”
According to the ordinance, owners of “pit bulls” must keep their dogs confined indoors or in an outdoor space with an encompassing fence at least eight feet high, post warning signs, pay for a $50 license and place a red circular tag on the dog signifying that it’s a “dangerous dog.” Failure to comply with the ordinance is deemed a misdemeanor and the dog is subject to immediate seizure and impoundment.
See the May 5, 2012 article from the Bastrop Daily Enterprise.
The Upland, CA City Council Advisory Committee has recommended the city enact an ordinance that requires owners of pit bulls and pit bull mixes to spay or neuter their pets. The Chairman of the committee will be presenting their report to the city council as a whole on Monday, May 14, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers. The issue is Item 13 (b) on the council agenda.
Council members are not in agreement on the ordinance, and Upland dog bite statistics, as well as shelter intake numbers, do not support an ordinance that singles out “pit bulls.”
The original alert with contact information for city officials can be found here.