BSL ALERT: Pasadena, California

As a result of an incident involving the shooting of a pit bull by law enforcement officers, the Pasadena Public Safety Committee is considering an ordinance that would regulate “pit bulls.” The Committee is reviewing San Francisco’s ordinance as a model for crafting their own.

California state law prohibits the passage of breed specific ordinances with the exception of ordinances pertaining only to spay and neuter programs and breeding regulations of specific breeds.

Regardless of your position on spaying and neutering of pets, it is important to remember that any law that applies to one breed or grouping of dogs involves the practice of breed profiling and is breed specific legislation. Breed specific MSN is fraught with the many problems associated with BSL, and opens the door for future additional breed restrictions.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Pasadena Public Safety Committee members only.

Talking points related to breed specific MSN can be found here.

The Public Safety Committee meets on the 1st and 3rd Monday of the month. Meetings take place in the Grand Conference Room at City Hall and begin at 4:15 p.m.

Committee Staff Representative
Steve Mermell
Assistant City Manager
smermell@cityofpasadena.net

Jacque Robinson
district1@cityofpasadena.net

Margaret McAustin
mmcaustin@cityofpasadena.net

Gene Masuda
nsullivan@cityofpasadena.net

Steve Madison (Committee Chair)
smadison@cityofpasadena.net

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