At their council meeting in October, the Gering, Nebraska city council directed the city attorney to research dog ordinances, and to specifically look at ordinances that would ban “pit bulls and other breeds it deems dangerous.”
Councilman Dan Smith advised the council that “a lot” of constituents have allegedly asked about banning pit bulls and other dogs that he cited as having dangerous reputations, including rottweilers. He asked that a proposal for designing a breed-specific ban go before the public safety committee.
The proposal started a lively debate about breed specific legislation in the city. Many letters to the editor of the local paper were written, and virtually all opposed breed specific legislation. Writers noted that all breeds of dogs are involved in dog bite cases, which has been found to be true in gathering numbers from the Scottsbluff and Gering police departments. Over a nearly two-year period, pit bulls were responsible for only four out of 26 dog bite cases reported to the Gering Police Department. In Scottsbluff, pitbulls were cited in three out of 47 cases over the same period.
For citizens interested in being involved in the discussions in Gering, the city council has appointed a special ad hoc committee to consider dog ordinance issues. The committee will meet today, Monday, November 19, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. at Gering City Hall.
The original alert for Gering, Nebraska can be found here: