BSL Hot Spots (week of 11/14/11)

For the week of November 14, 2011:

As you go through this list, its important to remember that BSL is a concern regardless of the location. Some of these areas may be hundreds of miles from you, but responsible dog owners who live there are counting on us to help them educate officials on the many problems associated with breed specific laws. Please take a moment to send an e-mail or a letter to support the efforts of those who face losing some of their rights (and even the possibility of losing their dogs) if the proposed ordinances below are passed.

BSL will be discussed at two city meetings this week. If you live in or around these cities, please make every effort to attend:

Fairburn, GA
City council meeting Monday, Nov. 14 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 56 Malone Street, Fairburn, GA. Fairburn City Councilman Scott Vaughn plans to introduce an ordinance at the November 14 council meeting that would, among other things, ban and/or regulate “pit bulls” or other “restricted breeds of dogs.” He claims this move is to protect the public and promote a “family-friendly community.” It appears that Vaughn has used Denver’s ordinance as a model for his proposal.

The Newnan Coweta Humane Society is organizing opposition to this ordinance. If you want to take an active role in preventing the passage of BSL, please get in touch with them at nchs_rescue@numail.org.

The original alert with city contact information can be found here.

Bristol, CT
Ordinance Commission meeting on Nov. 16 at 4:30 p.m. at City Hall, Meeting Room 1, 111 North Main Street, Bristol, CT. Officials in Bristol, Connecticut are considering an ordinance targeting specific breeds of dogs. Police are reportedly dealing with “growing numbers of pit bull problems,” and the matter is currently before the city council Ordinance Committee.(Regular city council meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month)

The original alert with city contact information can be found here.

Areas that we need to keep on our radar. If you live in these cities, please attend upcoming city council meetings and reach out to your officials.

Hinesville, GA
A resident who is apparently experiencing “problems with pit bulls” in his neighborhood has asked the city council to consider banning pit bulls. The council advised the resident that they would look into the matter with the city attorney. City council meetings are held the first and third Thursday of each month at 3:00 p.m., in the City Hall conference room, 115 East M.L. King, Jr., Hinesville, GA. City Council Meeting Agendas: http://www.cityofhinesville.org/index.aspx?nid=106

Ridgely, MD
Officials in Ridgely, MD are considering a bill requiring “certain breeds of dogs deemed inherently dangerous” be registered with the town’s police department.

La Vista, NE
La Vista Police Chief Lausten is working with the Nebraska Humane Society on “options regarding dangerous dog breeds.”
An animal control issue is on the agenda for the November 15 council meeting.

Hayden, CO
A resident has asked the city to consider banning pit bulls. The city council meets the first and third Thursday of each month at Town Hall at 7:30 p.m.

Merrillville, IN
Officials are considering “beefing up” their current breed specific ordinance to add more specifications regarding breeds and breed identification. The council meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m.

Donnellson, IA
The city of Donnellson, Iowa is considering an ordinance that would ban breeds of dogs deemed “vicious.” The ordinance was not complete in time for the last council meeting, and the council has decided to take another month to consider the ordinance before voting on it. Donnellson already has breed restrictions, so its unclear what is being considered.

Lake St. Louis, MO
Members of the Lake Saint Louis board of aldermen and city staff discussed ways to “put more teeth” into the city’s dangerous dog ordinance. Current city code states a dog’s breeds shall not be considered in determining whether a dog is dangerous. The police chief is proposing the wording of the ordinance should be changed to read “shall not be the only consideration.”

New Mexico
State Senator Sue Wilson Beffort is reportedly pushing for harsher penalities for “pit bull” and “pit bull mix” owners. As of November 13, no such bill is listed on the New Mexico legislature’s website, nor is any such bill linked to Senator Beffort as a bill she is sponsoring.

Areas looking at repeal and/or the potential to repeal breed specific ordinances exists. Please offer your encouragement to city officials to pursue breed-neutral ordinances.

Carroll, Iowa
The city is in the process of revamping their entire city code, and are working on the animal control ordinance now.  The city currently has a breed specific ordinance that targets “pit bulls.”  The proposed ordinance, which passed its second vote and has the support of all but one city official, would REMOVE any reference to breed and focus on the actions and behaviors of dogs, as well as their owners.

Wentzville, MO
The pit bull ordinance in Wentzville, Missouri is set to be reviewed this week, and a resident whose dogs have been described as “pit bulls” by the city is seeking a change to the ordinance.City council meetings are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm in City Hall, 310 W Pearce BoulevardAgendas: http://wentzvillemo.iqm2.com/citizens/

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