BSL ALERT: Village of Mamaroneck, NY

Residents in the Village of Mamaroneck, NY are circulating a petition seeking the removal of a “pit bull” involved in a recent attack, and village officials are considering whether they should adopt legislation that would specifically address pit bulls. The issue has been added to the agenda of the village board meeting on Tuesday, and the village attorney is exploring the legality of a law that would target a specific breed of dog.

New York state law prohibits municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances, but it appears that Mamaroneck officials can invoke “home rule” authority.

Please send your polite, professional and informative letters in opposition to the Village officials listed below. Please include suggestions and viable alternatives for their consideration, and encourage them to pursue a breed-neutral law that holds reckless and irresponsible owners accountable for the actions of their dogs.

The Village Board of Trustees meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., and are held in Village Hall at 169 Mt. Pleasant Ave. These meetings are televised live on the Village’s cable television channel LMV-TV and are replayed several times following the meeting.

Please note that this alert relates to the Village of Mamaroneck, not the Town of Mamaroneck, NY.

Village of Mamaroneck
123 Mamaroneck Ave.,
Mamaroneck, NY 10543
PH: (914) 777-7700

Mayor Norman Rosenblum
nrosenblum@vomny.org

Louis Santoro
lsantoro@vomny.org

Toni Ryan
trusteeryan@yahoo.com

John Hoffstetter
johnmhofstetter@yahoo.com

Sid Albert
rsidalbert@optonline.net

Mamaroneck neighbors want pit bull removed after it kills woman’s dog

MAMARONECK — Village residents are banding together to have a pit bull that attacked and killed a woman’s dog last week and bit off part of the woman’s finger removed from the neighborhood.

As residents circulate a petition seeking the dog’s removal, village officials are considering whether they ought to adopt legislation that would specifically address pit bulls, dogs with a reputation — fairly or not — for being violent.

“It’s a health, safety and welfare question, especially regarding the kids,” Mayor Norman Rosenblum said.

The matter has been added to the agenda of the village board’s Tuesday meeting.

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The mayor said around 25 people have written or approached him about the attack. Many more have voiced their opinions on local websites, he said.

“They’re concerned about walking their pets — and their kids, of course,” he said. “You don’t get a chance in these attacks.”

Rosenblum said the village’s attorney is exploring the legality of a law that would target a specific breed of dog.

In 1998, Larchmont enacted a law banning pit bulls from the village. Residents who owned pit bulls before the law were allowed to keep them but must comply with a series of restrictions.

The article in its entirety can be found at this link:
http://www.lohud.com/article/20121004/NEWS02/310040040/Mamaroneck-neighbors-want-pit-bull-removed-after-kills-woman-s-dog

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