The city of Slater, Missouri is considering changes to their animal control ordinance that could include breed specific regulations and weight restrictions, i.e., dogs of certain breeds or dogs over a certain weight would automatically be considered “vicious.”
Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE opposition to BSL to the Slater city officials. Please also send your viable suggestions and alternatives for their consideration. Individual contact information is not available for the city officials, but can be e-mailed or faxed to the general e-mail or fax number listed below.
The next hearing on this issue is scheduled for Jan. 16, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
Slater City Hall
232 N. Main St.
Slater MO 65349
Slater animal debate continues
Monday, December 5, 2011
Slater City Council hosted a second animal ordinance hearing on Dec. 5. A crowd of roughly 20 gathered at City Hall to voice concerns pertaining to the proposed animal ordinance. Slater Mayor Stephen Allegri reminded residents that no final decisions have been made nor would any decisions be made that evening.
“There will be certain things people don’t like, but our goal is to make a workable ordinance,” Allegri said. The meeting continued the discussion from the first hearing, which pertained to breed-specific regulations as well as the definition of and proper punishment
for vicious dogs.
Councilman Terry Jordan stated he believed pit bulls should automatically be listed as vicious animals, which could require the owners to have insurance in addition to specific caging.
Resident George Wood requested the council not discriminate against breeds. He said he thought cocker spaniels and golden retrievers are just dangerous as pit bulls.
“It’s the animal itself, not the breed,” Wood said. “Making it breed specific is silly.” Councilman Harry Lightfoot recalled a onversation from the previous hearing, which cited the strength of a pit bull’s jaw.
“If a pit bull bites, it can bite your arm off,” Lightfoot said.
Allegri reminded the crowd that both sides make legitimate points on this issue.
“That’s a pretty passionate issue,” Allegri said. “That’s a final decision the council will have to make.”
The crowd also briefly discussed who would declare animals vicious. The Slater Animal Control Officer said she wouldn’t want to be the only one responsible for that decision. Some residents even suggested bringing vicious animal issues before the council.
“I don’t think we have a lot of vicious animals in town,” Allegri said. “I think this would be a rare occasion.”
Many residents commented that even well-behaved dogs may turn aggressive when
defending their homes. Jordan cited several exceptions listed in the ordinance
such as teasing, trespassing and tormenting. These circumstances would exempt a
good dog from a poor situation.
The ordinance suggests dogs more than 100 lbs could also automatically
acquire vicious status. Resident Beverley Kitchen said she strongly opposed a
weight restriction. She also suggested the proposed requirements for removing a
dog’s vicious status were inadequate. http://www.marshallnews.com/story/1791470.html