REPEAL ALERT: Wilmington, Delaware

The city of Wilmington, Delaware is having a difficult time recruiting a new animal control provider, due mostly in part to their 12-year-old ordinance regulating the ownership of pit bulls. In light of this, the mayor has suggested the city amend its law to leave the city’s restrictions and requirements on all dog breeds in place, but repeal the breed specific pit bull rules. In coming to this conclusion, the mayor has acknowledged that the city needs to hold all pet owners accountable for their pets’ behaviors, and he understands the need to hold irresponsible owners accountable, regarldess of the breed of dog they own.

In light of this new development, please contact the Wilmington city officials and encourage them to repeal their breed specific ordinance. This is a great opportunity to create positive change in Wilmington, and its very important that all your interactions with city officials be polite and professional. As they say, you can catch more flies with honey than with vinegar!

Online contact form: http://www.wilmingtonde.gov/contact/

Mailing Address
Wilmington City Council
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071

Office of the Mayor
Louis L. Redding City/County Building
800 N. French Street
Wilmington, Delaware 19801
Phone: (302) 576-2100
Fax: (302) 571-4102
Email: MayorBaker@WilmingtonDE.gov

CITY COUNCIL
Norman D. Griffiths
Council President
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: ngriffiths@WilmingtonDE.gov

Charles Potter, Jr.
1st District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: cpjr00@aol.com

Ernest “Trippi” Congo II
2nd District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: sammycongo@aol.com

Eric D. Robinson
3rd District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: 3rddistrep@gmail.com

Hanifa G.N. Shabazz
4th District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: hshabazz@WilmingtonDE.gov

Samuel Prado
5th District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: sammy_wilm@yahoo.com

Kevin F. Kelley, Sr.
6th District Council Member
President Pro Tempore
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: 6thdistrict@comcast.net

Paul F. Ignudo, Jr.
7th District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: ignudo7th@comcast.net

Stephen L. Martelli
8th District Council Member
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: smartelli2008@yahoo.com

Michael A. Brown, Sr.
Council Member At-Large
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: mabrown@WilmingtonDE.gov

Charles M. “Bud” Freel
Council Member At-Large
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: budfreel@aol.com

Loretta Walsh
Council Member At-Large
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: lwalsh@WilmingtonDE.gov

Justen A. Wright
Council Member At-Large
Phone: (302) 576-2140
Fax: (302) 571-4071
E-mail: justen@justenwright.org

Wilmington’s search for animal control vendor continues

May 2, 2012
By Shirley Min

Proving to be harder than initially thought, the city of Wilmington hopes to have a list of potential animal control providers by next week.

Delaware SPCA currently provides animal control within city limits, however, the nonprofit is ending its 120-year partnership with the city this summer. Since the shelter went “no kill” in 2009, and is no longer euthanizing animals for space, it says the city’s $250,000 only covers the animal control officers’ salaries, and not the long term care of the animals.

Mayor James Baker says the city does not have the resources to establish its own animal control program. Kent County SPCA handles animal control for all three counties. KCSPCA says the city has reached out to them, but a deal has not been brokered.

Meantime, the mayor says the city has held discussions with area animal shelters, including KCSPCA, to gain “deeper insight into the provision of animal control services,” according to a news release issued today.

As a result of these discussions, Baker says several key issues have surfaced that might inhibit the city’s chances of finding a vendor, the biggest being Wilmington’s breed specific pit bull laws. Wilmington requires registration of pit bulls or pit bull mixes, in addition to licensing the dog, while placing additional requirements on pit bull owners.

The mayor stated in the news release, “no animal shelter wants to be in a position to enforce restrictive laws that almost guarantee that a shelter will be filled only with pit bulls versus a wide range of dog breeds.”

Mayor Baker says he will ask city council to amend its law to leave the city’s restrictions and requirements on all dog breeds in place, but repeal the breed specific pit bull rules adopted 12 years ago when pit bull fighting was more prevalent.

“We will continue to hold pet owners accountable for their pets’ behaviors, and will hold irresponsible owners accountable,” said Mayor Baker. “However, we can place the city in a better position now by eliminating the extra layer of regulation that we place on pit bulls.”

http://www.newsworks.org/index.php/local/item/37864

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