Urge repeal of BSL in Sioux City, Iowa

A year and a half after the ordinance was first put into place, the mayor of Sioux City, Iowa wants the city’s pit bull ban repealed. Two council members have also indicated they do not support the ban. HOWEVER, the mayor’s new plan would still consider “pit bulls” as “high risk” animals, and owners would be subject to new regulations.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL AND INFORMATIVE letters to the city council to encourage them to rescind their breed specific regulations and put in place an ordinance that holds ALL dog owners to a higher accountability without singling out specific breeds. Please also take the opportunity to forward alternate ordinances and suggestions for their review.

SIOUX CITY, IOWA

Mayor Mike Hobart
PO Box 447
Sioux City, IA 51102
ccouncil@sioux- city.org
712-899-6130 (cell)
712-258-1882 (home)

Mayor Pro-Tem Tom Padgett
PO Box 447
Sioux City, IA 51102
ccouncil@sioux- city.org
712-279-6136 (City Hall)

Councilman Aaron Rochester
PO Box 447
Sioux City, IA 51102
impactaccounting@ cableone. net
712-253-4547 (cell)
712-226-4675 (home)

Councilman Keith Radig
PO Box 447
Sioux City, IA 51102
keradig@cableone. net
712-279-6136 (City Hall)

Councilman John Fitch
PO Box 447
Sioux City, IA 51102
ccouncil@sioux- city.org
712-279-6136 (City Hall)

Pit bull ban loses support at City Hall
Posted: Mar 22, 2010 8:24 PM PDT

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) – Sioux City’s pit bull ban could be going to the dogs. A year and a half after the ordinance was first put into place, Mayor Mike Hobart wants it repealed. But, not everyone agrees.

“To me, I think this is a compromise to what we have right now. I would presume pit bull owners would go along with,” says Mayor Hobart, who came up with the changes.

Keith Radig believes, “Any dog can bite, any dog can attack, but how many dogs can kill, and your bigger dogs can, but what is most prevalent to that, and I think pit bulls are, I think that’s the biggest liability of all.”

Radig says the ban should go a step further to include any animal with a lethal bite.

Under the mayor’s proposal, new pit bulls would be allowed inside city limits, and be treated as high risk animals.

New requirements for high risk animals– like muzzles and micro-chips- – would be added to the ordinance. Owners would also have to put warning signs on their property.

Failure to follow those restrictions could lead to euthanization of the animal on the second or third offense.

Two of the newest members to the council, Tom Padgett and John Fitch, indicated they are not in favor of a breed-specific ban, and may support rescinding it.

http://www.ktiv. com/Global/ story.asp? S=12186261

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