I am really hesitant to comment on this article. Those who have been attending the meetings have reported that Wentzville is moving toward repeal, yet the news articles have been inconsistent.
Even though it appears the issue is put off for two weeks, whenever BSL is on the table, I encourage residents to attend the council meetings until the issue has been resolved. The Board of Aldermen meets tonight at 6:30 at City Hall.
In addition, please continue to write to city officials to encourage them to move forward with repealing the current breed specific ordinance.
Previous alert for Wentzville: https://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/wentzville-mo-considering-repeal-of-bsl/
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Pit Bull Ordinance Put on Hold, More Discussion Expected
Legislation would increase penalties on pit bull owners.
By Brian Feldt
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The Wentzville Board of Alderman will have to wait at least another two weeks before it can introduce legislation that would increase penalties for owning pit bulls within city limits.
City officials were slated to discuss the proposal at Wednesday’s regularly schedule meeting. Instead, interim City Administrator Dennis Walsh said, the proposal has been put on hold while lawyers fine tune the language.
The legislation was written by the Wentzville Police Department. Essentially, the proposal would get rid of the city’s reistrictions on owning pit bulls and replace it with increased penalties.
Mayor Paul Lambi told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the current law has worked well and he sees no need for a change. Lambi, who isn’t running for another term in the April 3 election, says he’ll leave it up to aldermen to decide.
From the Post-Dispatch:
Supporters of changing the law include Mark Lucas, a veterinarian whose private practice includes the animal control holding facility for Wentzville and nearby O’Fallon.
Of 19 bite cases in those two cities over the past year, only three involved pit bulls, he told aldermen last month. He said any type of dog can pose a problem if the owner is irresponsible. He said O’Fallon’s law takes a better approach in treating all breeds the same.
The Board of Alderman meets Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall.