BSL ALERT: Pottsville, Pennsylvania

UPDATE from Daisy at Hello Bully:

I just spoke with Thomas Palamar. They are not considering anything breed specific, and are aware of the state laws. They are hoping to strengthen their dangerous dog laws. The statements he made about BSL are the things that he reiterated to me – that BSL is a lot of work, with little effectiveness in solving the problem. Palamar is a dog owner, and his nephew has two rescued Pit Bulls who are great dogs.

Sending a very big thank you to Daisy for not wasting any time and jumping right on this! Great job!


Officials in Pottsville, Pennsylvania are considering an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of “certain breeds” of dogs, specifically pit bulls. The issue will be discussed at the city council’s next regular meeting on Monday, July 11, 2011 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.

Pennsylvania state law PROHIBITS breed specific legislation.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE opposition to breed specific legislation to the Pottsville city officials listed below. You may also want to remind them that Reading, PA’s ordinance was overturned based on its discriminatory language. A memorandum opinion was issued by the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania on February 26, 2008 finding that Reading’s ordinance violated state law.

City Administrator
Thomas Palamar

City Clerk
Julie Rescorla

City Council

Mayor John Reiley

City of Pottsville
401 North Centre Street
Pottsville, PA 17901

In light of recent pit bull attacks, Pottsville considers dog law changes

The recent rash of pit bull attacks – there have been three in Pottsville in the past two weeks – has encouraged city officials to improve its dog laws, City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said Tuesday.

While city code addresses issues including “animal bites” and “vicious and destructive animals,” Palamar said the city is looking into the possibility of developing a special section related to certain breeds.

“We’re going to look at what we have in place and see how we’re responding to see what’s working and what’s not working,” he said.

The issue will be discussed at the city council’s next regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in City Hall.

Some cities nationwide have passed ordinances banning pit bulls. For instance, in May 2006, the city council in Russellville, Ark., approved such a ban, The Courier at reported in a story published Sunday. Meanwhile, the commissioners of Seward County, Kan., are thinking of replacing a pit bull law it repealed with new regulations for pit bulls and vicious dogs, The High Plains Daily Leader & Times at reported Tuesday.

“We’re perceiving there to be an issue out there with animal bites and people are complaining about vicious dogs. We need to decide to what level we need to police this,” Palamar said.

The city’s current animal law is available online on the city’s website, Chapter 87 of the code covers animals.

On Tuesday afternoon, Palamar met with city officials, including city solicitor Thomas J. “Tim” Pellish, to talk about developing an ordinance.

“A lot of states do have breed-specific ordinances in place which require you to register certain breeds of dogs. They are quite controversial. We have a lot of questions,” Palamar said.

These questions involve which breeds of dogs are considered pit bulls, he said.

“There is currently no accurate way to identity the number of dogs of a particular breed, and consequently no measure to determine which breeds are more likely to bite or kill. Many practical alternatives to breed-specific policies exist and hold promise for preventing dog bites,” the Centers for Disease Control states on its website at


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