**BSL ALERT** Lowell, MA

The Lowell, MA city council is considering enacting an ordinance that would require pit bulls in the city to be muzzled at all times. Several council members appear to support a breed specific ordinance, and point to laws already in place in Lynn, Worcester and Boston as examples.

Lowell passed a comprehensive, generic dangerous dog law in 2009 which, according to Mayor James Milinazzo, has been effective. The mayor also pointed out that enforcement would be a challenge due to lack of manpower, and would force the animal control officers to be more reactive than proactive. However, despite these statements, Mayor Milinazzo suggested the Public Safety Committee look at a provision of Worcester’s ordinance which does regulate pit bull ownership.

Please contact the Lowell officials to voice your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE opposition to breed specific legislation. Please offer alternatives and suggestions for their consideration, as well.

April 20, 2011 article in the Lowell Sun

Online contact form for the Lowell, MA city council:
http://www.lowellma.gov/contact/council/

Richard Johnson
City Clerk
375 Merrimack Street
1st Floor, Room 31
Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 970-4161, voice
(978) 970-4162, fax

Council meeting minutes and agendas
http://www.lowellma.gov/govt

Public Safety
Councilor Edward “Bud” Caulfield, Chair
Councilor Rodney Elliott, Member
Councilor Franky Descoteaux, Member

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