BSL Hot Spots (week of 1/23/12)

BSL is on the table and on the agendas for many city councils this week. If you are in or around the cities talking BSL, please make every effort to attend these meetings. Even if you don’t live in an affected area, you can still help by sending your polite, respectful and informative opposition to officials, as well as viable alternatives and suggestions.

There are two state level issues that require your support, as well, so please take a moment to urge elected officials to move forward with breed-neutral ordinances/laws.

Monday, January 23, 2012 @ 9:30 a.m.
The Edmonton, Alberta, Canada officials are considering repealing their breed-specific bylaw. The Community Services Committee will take up this matter on January 23, 2012. Please continue to write to the committee members and urge them to move forward with the repeal and enact a breed-neutral ordinance.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012 @ 6:00 p.m.
The Trussville, Alabama City Council is considering a ban on owning “breeds of pit bull dogs” within city limits. City council meetings are held at City Hall at 131 Main Street at 6:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 6:30 p.m.
The city of Wentzville, Missouri is considering repealing their breed specific ordinance. City council meetings are held at City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard at 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012 @ 7:00 p.m.
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin 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 on Wednesday’s council agenda. No vote will be taken at this meeting, and it is imperative that citizens attend and speak out against this proposal.

Next Week
The Terrell County, Georgia Commissioners are considering a county-wide ban on pit bulls. The board will vote on a final ordinance at the next County Commission meeting on Wednesday, February, 1, 2012 at 8:30 a.m. Please continue to send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to BSL to the county officials.

State Bills that need your SUPPORT:

Ohio HB14
HB14 would, among other things, remove “pit bulls” from the definition of “vicious dog” in state law. The next step for this monumental Bill is the full Senate where it is expected to be heard this week. Ohio residents, PLEASE write to your state legislators and urge them to pass HB14!

Florida HB997 and SB1322
Florida House Representative Carlos Trujillo and Senator Jim Norman filed HB997 and SB1322, respectively. These bills aim to repeal the portion of the Florida statute that allows Miami and Dade County to discriminate against dogs simply because of their appearance and perceived breed. Florida residents are strongly encouraged to support these bills and contact their legislators.


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