BSL ALERT: Point Pleasant, WV – 1st reading PASSED

The first reading of this ordinance has already passed. The current draft DOES NOT include a grandfather clause.

It is imperative to write to the Point Pleasant city officials to encourage them to take this ordinance off the table and consider an non-breed specific ordinance. Contact information is below.

The City of Point Pleasant website has not been updated since 2009, but it appears that city council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month, which means the next council meeting is Tuesday, August 9, 2010. If someone could confirm this, it would be most appreciated.

Link to article:
http://www.mydailyregister.com/view/full_story/8752740/article-Point-Pleasant-dog-ordinance-passes-first-reading?instance=secondary_news_left_column#ixzz0u5s2vS8g

Point Pleasant, West Virginia contacts

Mayor Brian Billings
mayor@ptpleasantwv. org

City Clerk Amber Tatterson
cityclerk@ptpleasan twv.org

City Council quick list
gcotton.council@ ptpleasantwv. org,mbonecutter. council@ptpleasa ntwv.org,rdoeffinger. council@ptpleasa ntwv.org ,
bpark.council@ ptpleasantwv. org ,ehunt.council@ ptpleasantwv. org ,lsmith.council@ ptpleasantwv. org ,
sjuniper.council@ ptpleasantwv. org,bbrown.council@ ptpleasantwv. org

City Council Contact Page:
http://www.ptpleasa ntwv.org/ Main_Pages/ Directory/ city_of_point_ pleasant_ council.htm
(Two council members do not have e-mail)

Point Pleasant dog ordinance passes first reading
by Andrew Carter

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would amend the current legislation pertaining to dogs and cats during its regular meeting on Monday evening.

Part 5, Article 505.05 of the city’s codified ordinances addresses dogs or cats running “at large,” specific breeds of dog prohibited inside city limits and impounding of animals.

Section A of the ordinance prohibits owners of dogs and cats from allowing their animals to run “at large” (loose) “upon any public place or upon any unenclosed lands within the Municipality.”

Section B of the ordinance addresses specific breeds that are prohibited inside city limits. The following dog breeds fall under the prohibited category: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and any breeds of dog that “have the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.”

Seventh Ward Councilman Sam Juniper asked if language was included in the ordinance that would “grandfather in” residents who are owners of the prohibited dog breeds. City Attorney R.F. Stein said that no such language was included in the ordinance, but could be added if council wanted to do so. Council members did not take action on that issue.

Under Section C on impounding and disposition, Stein offered revised language for the council members to consider, changing wording from “dog” to “animal” to reflect the ordinance’s jurisdiction over cats.

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