BSL on Webb City, MO council agenda

UPDATE: June 12, 2011

The proposed pit bull ban is on the Webb City agenda on Monday, June 13, 2011. Meetings begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall. This is the second vote on the proposed ordinance. Please make every effort to attend if at all possible.

The council packet for Monday’s meeting can be found at this link: http://www.webbcitymo.org/Council%20Packet%206-%2013-11.pdf

Contact information and previous alerts are below the text of the proposed ordinance.

Section 210.095 Pit bulldogs prohibited.
A. Prohibited; definitions. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within
the city limits of the City of Webb City any pit bulldog. For the purposes of this section a pit
bulldog is defined to mean:
(1) The bull terrier breed of dog;
(2) Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;
(3) The American pit bull terrier breed of dog;
(4) The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
(5) Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed
breed is known as pit bulls, pit bulldogs or pit bull terriers;
(6) Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of
the breeds of bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit
bulldogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of these breeds.
B. Exceptions. The prohibition shall not be applicable to pit bulldogs currently registered within
the City of Webb City as of the effective day of this section [June 13, 2011]. The keeping of such
dogs currently registered however, shall be subject to the following regulations:
(1) Leash and muzzle required. No person shall permit a registered pit bulldog to go
outside its kennel or pen unless such dog is securely leashed with a leash no longer than four
(4) feet in length. No person shall permit a pit bulldog to be kept on a chain, rope, or other type
of leash outside its kennel or pen unless a person is in physical control of said leash. Such dogs
may not be leashed to inanimate objects such as trees, posts, buildings, etc. In addition, all pit
bulldogs on a leash outside the animal’s kennel or pen must be muzzled by a muzzling device
sufficient to prevent such dog from biting persons or other animals.
(2) Secure confinement. All such dogs shall be securely confined indoors or in a
securely enclosed and locked pen or kennel, except when leashed and muzzled as above
provided. Such pen, kennel or structure must have secure sides and a secure top attached to
the sides.
(3) Keeping on porch, patio, etc. prohibited. No pit bulldogs shall be kept on any porch,
patio, or in any part of the house or structure that would allow a dog to exit such building on its
own volition. In addition, no such animal may be kept in a house or structure where the windows
are open or where screen windows or screen doors are the only obstacle preventing the dog
from exiting the structure.
(4) Photograph required. All owners or keepers of pit bulldogs registered with the city
must, within ten (10) days of the effective date of this section [June 13, 2011], provide to the
police department two (2) color photographs of the registered animal clearly showing the color
and approximate size of the animal.
(5) Incidents to be reported. All owners or keepers of such dogs must, within ten (10)
days of the incidents listed below, report the following to the police department:
a. The removal from the city or death of the animal;
b. The birth of offspring of the animal;
c. Any change in address of the owner or keeper.
(6) Offspring removed. All offspring born of pit bulldogs within the city must be
removed from the city within eight (8) weeks of the birth of such animal.
(7) Sale, barter or transfer prohibited. No person shall sell, barter or in any other way
transfer possession of a pit bulldog within the city to any person within the city.
C. Violations, penalty. Any person violating the provisions of this section shall upon conviction
be fined a sum of not less than two hundred dollars ($200.00), nor more than five hundred
dollars ($500.00). In addition, the court shall order the registration of the subject pit bulldog
revoked and the dog removed from the city.

Friday, May 20, 2011 update:
A recent dog on dog attack has prompted the City Council to take a look at whether to adopt an ordinance banning pit bulls. The topic drew comments from residents at the council meeting May 9, and it is expected to be back before the panel on Monday, May 23, 2011

If you are in the Webb City area, please make every effort to attend Monday night’s council meeting. In addition, please take a moment to send another round of letters in opposition and suggestions/alternatives to BSL to the city officials for their consideration. Contact information is below.

Original Post: May 9, 2011

Thanks to Connie and Donna for the heads up on this!

A breed specific ordinance is on the agenda for TONIGHT’s city council meeting in Webb City, Missouri. At a special council meeting on May 2, 2011, a resident addressed the council reporting that his dog was attacked by a pit bull. He asked if council would change the laws to ban pit bulls in the city. After discussion Mayor Biggs stated an ordinance for review would be placed on next council meeting agenda. The relevant portion of that ordinance is below.

If you are in the Webb City area, please make every attempt to attend the council meeting that begins at 5:30 p.m. In the meantime, please take a few minutes this morning to send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to BSL to the council members listed below.

Mayor John Biggs
jbiggs@cableone.net

City Council e-mail quick list:goodunfur@yahoo.com,bwilson@beijoplin.com,gmense@mcmcpapc.com,don.meredith@sbcglobal.net,
j.l.fisher4454@sbcglobal.gmonson@cableone.net

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