BSL back on the table in Butte-Silver Bow, Montana

Butte-Silver Bow is a consolidated city and county government.

Recent dog attacks have renewed Butte-Silver Bow Commissioner Terry Schultz’s efforts to enact a law targeting various breeds designated as “pit bull breeds.” Schultz’s proposed ordinance is modeled after that of Omaha, Nebraska, and would require the following:

Pit bulls may not be outdoors unless confined in a fenced yard or restrained by a harness and leash no longer than 6 feet by someone at least 19 years old. Muzzles also would be required for pit bulls 6 months and older, would require the owners of any pit bull or animal that is determined to be dangerous by a court, or any animal administratively determined as potentially dangerous to purchase public liability insurance of at least $100,000.

Schultz defines pit bulls as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentina, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog or any dog with those predominant physical traits.

It is important to note the director of animal services, Ed Randall, is not in agreement with this proposal.

This issue could be heard as early as this Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Room 312 of the courthouse. Meetings are open to the public.

Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse
155 West Granite Street
Butte, MT 59701
Telephone: (406) 497-6200
FAX: (406) 497-6328

Each of the 12 commissioners has their own online contact form which is found at this link:

Commission meeting agendas:

Chief Executive Paul Babb:

Clerk & Recorder
Sally Hollis
Courthouse, Room 208
155 W. Granite St.
Phone: (406) 497-6335
Fax: (406) 497-6328

May 27, 2011 article from

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