In early November we learned that Wentzville’s pit bull ordinance was up for review, and some residents viewed this as an opportunity for positive change there. However, it appears the Wentzville city officials are looking to make the ordinance even more restrictive. A draft of the ordinance will not be available until the Aldermen’s meeting on December 14, but the article below indicates more breeds will be targeted in the new ordinance.
Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE opposition to breed specific legislation to the Wentzville officials listed below. Continue to encourage the city officials to see the review of the existing ordinance as an opportunity to craft an effective, breed-neutral ordinance that would benefit the entire community – humans and animals. The mayor and aldermen can be contacted via a form on the city’s website or, in the alternative, you can send correspondence via the city clerk with a polite request to forward on to each member of the board and the mayor.
November 11, 2011 alert for Wentzville: https://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/opportunity-for-change-in-wentzville-missouri/
Wentzville City Hall
310 West Pearce Boulevard
Wentzville, MO 63385
Contact Form for Mayor and Aldermen: http://www.wentzvillemo.org/mayor-and-alderman.aspx
9:05 p.m. CST, December 7, 2011
Pitbull Ordinance Getting Major Overhaul In Wentzville
The board of alderman in Wentzville is debating how they plan to handle the possibility of a new pit bull ordinance.
Right now a resident is able to own one of the dogs, but there are strict rules owners must follow in order to keep the animal in city limits.
The board held a special meeting and work session Wednesday evening to discuss how they plan to handle the issue of pit bulls in the city.
According to a current city ordinance, residents are allowed to have pit bulls in. However, owners have to follow certain guidelines of shot and registration records. The dogs also have to be muzzled and kept in a fenced yard with a “beware of dog sign” on the fence.
Now city officials are looking to do a major overhaul to that ordinance.
Expanding the breeds, micro chipping and stronger penalties are part of the plan.
Right now violators can face fines anywhere from $200 to $500 if they don’t follow city guidelines.
Twenty pit bulls were registered in 2010 and only two renewed this year.
A new draft of the ordinance based on Wednesday’s discussion will be brought before the board of aldermen at their next meeting set for December 14th.