BSL ALERT: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin

Fond du Lac City Councilman Rob Vande Zande plans to bring up an ordinance that would add rules for pit bull owners and prohibit new pit bulls from being licensed in the city limits. The issue is Item 10 on this Wednesday’s (January 25, 2012) city council agenda:

10. PETITIONS OR COMMUNICATIONS
Councilperson Vande Zande
Subject: Proposed Dangerous Animal Ordinances

The new rules would prohibit pit bulls at the Fond du Lac Humane Society from being adopted by city of Fond du Lac families. It also would prohibit people who move to the city from bringing their pit bull pet with them.

No action will be taken on the proposal on Wednesday, and citizens will have the opportunity to voice their concerns to city officials. If there appears to be some support for the proposal from other council members, it could be brought back for a vote at the Feb. 8 meeting.

If you are in or around the Fond du Lac area, please make every effort to attend this meeting. Council meetings start at 7:00 p.m. and are held in the Legislative Chambers of the City/County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St. Council meetings are also televised on cable Channel 25.

In the meantime, please send your polite, respectful and informative letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Fond du Lac city officials listed below. Please include viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration, as well.

City Hall
160 South Macy Street
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
Phone: 920 322-3405
City general e-mail: lagnew@fdl.wi.gov

City Clerk
Sue Strand
sstrands@ci.fond-du-lac.wi.us

City Council
Rick Gudex
rgudex@fdl.wi.gov

Jeff Ruedinger
jruedinger@fdl.wi.gov

Gary Miller
gmiller@fdl.wi.gov

Mick Burroughs
mburroughs@fdl.wi.gov

Rebecca Lunde-Ross
rlunde-ross@fdl.wi.gov

Jim Sabel
jsabel@fdl.wi.gov

Rob Vande Zande
rvandezande@fdl.wi.gov

Fond du Lac considers ban on pit bulls
‘Dangerous pet’ ordinance in FdL will be topic of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting

10:36 PM, Jan. 21, 2012

Proposed restrictions for pit bulls and other “dangerous animals” promise to stir emotions with pet owners.

City Councilman Rob Vande Zande will discuss his plan Wednesday night for ordinances that would add rules for pit bull owners and prohibit new pit bulls from being licensed.

“If you have a pit bull now, you’re not going to have to give your pit bull up,” Vande Zande said. “If there are any new pit bulls ā€” a female with a litter of pups ā€” after 12 weeks, those pups would not be allowed to be in Fond du Lac.”

The new rules would prohibit pit bulls at the Fond du Lac Humane Society from being adopted by city of Fond du Lac families. It also would prohibit people who move to the city from bringing their pit bull pet with them.

The Fond du Lac City Council meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Legislative Chambers of the City County Government Center, 160 S. Macy St. The public is welcome to attend.

No action on the pit bull/dangerous animal proposal will be taken Wednesday night. Citizens normally have the opportunity to speak for up to five minutes on any agenda items.

If there appears to be some support for the proposal from other council members, it could be brought back for a vote at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Dog bites

Vande Zande said he has researched the numbers of reported dog bites in the city over the past five years. The percentage that is attributable to pit bull breeds has increased from 10.7 percent of the bites in 2007 to 33.3 percent of the bites in 2011.

“I’m not saying all pit bulls are bad,” he said. “The numbers speak volumes ā€” we need to seriously look at this.”

About 20 other Wisconsin communities have ordinances that relate to pit bulls and/or dangerous animals. Some nearby communities with ordinances include Ripon, Mayville, Fox Lake, Montello and Juneau.

http://www.fdlreporter.com/article/20120122/FON0101/201220372/Fond-du-Lac-considers-ban-pit-bulls?odyssey=mod%7Ctopnews%7Ctext%7CFRONTPAGE

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