**BSL ALERT** Kirksville, Missouri

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Kirksville, MO — During a study session yesterday, the Kirksville, MO city council discuss the proposed ordinance that regulates the ownership of “pit bulls” (translation..any dog that LOOKS LIKE a pit bull). The council would like to have the ordinance finalized in time for the March 21, 2011 council meeting. The council meets at the Kirksville City Hall Council Chambers at 6:00 p.m.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Kirksville, Missouri officials listed below. Please also list viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration, as well.

Email the Kirksville, MO City Council Members at:

tkuhns@kirksvilleci ty.com
rdetweiler@kirksvil lecity.com
cchrisman@kirksvill ecity.com
tfajkus@kirksvillec ity.com
mrowe@kirksvillecit y.com

City Manager
Mari Macomber
mmacomber@kirksvill ecity.com
Phone: 660-627-1225
Toll Free: 888-299-1223
Fax: 660-665-0940

City Clerk
Vicki Brumbaugh
vbrumbaugh@kirksvil lecity.com

City of Kirksville
201 South Franklin Street
Kirksville, MO 63501
660-627-1225

Toll Free: 888-299-1223
660-665-0940 (fax)

Section 5-20. Restricted Animals.

a) Defined. “Restricted animal” means:

(1) Pit Bull dogs four (4) months of age or older

The term “Pit Bull dog” is defined to mean:

1. Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog;

2. American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog;

3. American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog;

4. Any mixed breed of dog, which contains as an element of its breeding,

the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier,

or American Pit Bull Terrier as to be identifiable as partially of the

breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or

American Pit Bull Terrier.

5. Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being

predominantly of the breeds of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American

Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier; and other breeds

commonly known as Pit Bulls, Pit Bull dogs, or Pit Bull Terriers, or a

combination of any of these breeds.

Modifications made at study session:

DANGEROUS ANIMAL ORDINANCE

The ordinance has been modified to address the City Council’s last discussions. Included with this Study Session Memorandum is a proposed final draft. This is a clean copy, meaning no mark-ups. Copies with the mark-ups will be available on Monday if anyone needs to review it.

The ordinance was revised to address the following:

o Triggering date is noted as April 1, 2011

o Added language stating determination for exceptions will be made within 30 days from the date of the application

o Changed wording in the section on exceptions by replacing approving

application to approving the request for exception or exception throughout

the paragraph

o Modified the section on Leash/Muzzle and Confinement General by deleting muzzle requirement when dog is on leash, kennel and pen

requirement removed, fence height minimum of 60 inches added.

o Moved AKC certification program toward the end of this section to then also allow for exemptions from fencing and insurance if the certification is current

o Added language under Seizure and Impoundment that states if a dog is

running lose and does not cause harm then it will not be seized and

impounded

o Removed reference to Humane Society replacing it with city’s contract

shelter.

Clarification needed: Was it the Council’s intent to require a kennel within a fenced yard if the dog did not have the AKC CGC certificate. The note did not make sense with the other notes taken regarding the fencing.

Recommended Action:

The ordinance should be close to completion. We would like to have it finalized in time for the March 21 Council agenda.

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