Please note that Minnesota state law prohibits cities from passing breed specific ordinances.
A few weeks ago, the Caledonia, Minnesota police chief and the animal control officer asked the city council to enact an ordinance regulating the ownership of “pit bulls” after a dog-on-dog attack. During that initial presentation, the police chief made several misrepresentations about breed specific legislation, as well as pit bulls in general, to the council.
When I spoke with the city clerk on July 2, she stated, very matter-of-factly, that the police chief and animal control officer were out of line, noting that state law prohibits the city from passing a breed specific ordinance. At that time, she indicated the matter was still being researched to find “alternate options to deal with the situation at hand.”
Unfortunately, the police chief, and apparently the postmaster, are pushing for pit bull regulations, and the city attorney is searching for precedent to pass BSL.
Please continue to send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Caledonia city officials via the city clerk, Jennifer Feely.
Caledonia’s City Hall
231 East Main Street
P.O. Box 232
Caledonia, MN 55921
Phone: (507) 725-3450
Fax: (507) 725-5258
City Clerk – Administrator
Original alert for Caledonia, MN
A Pit Bull Ban Is The Pits For Some In Caledonia
Thursday, 26 July 2012 20:11
The police chief thinks it’s a good idea…and so does the postmaster.
But a proposal to ban pit bulls in Caledonia is drawing some protests…often from people outside the community. The city attorney, Tim Murphy, is searching for precedents. A few months ago, a pit bull reportedly killed a smaller dog in Caledonia. Council members say the reactions they’re hearing from residents come down on both sides of a ban.