Pasadena, CA continues discussions on BSL

The Pasadena Public Safety Committee continues to discuss an ordinance that would regulate “pit bulls” within the city limits. The Committee is reviewing San Francisco’s ordinance as a model for crafting their own.

At the last committee meeting on November 5, representatives from the Pasadena Humane Society presented information regarding the difficulties associated with identifying “pit bulls,” and problems of enforcing breed specific ordinances.

The committee requested statistical information on the number of deaths and dog bite injuries that have occurred over the past several years, the types of breeds involved, the number of dogs shot by police, the number of dog bites reported in the city and other relevant information on “dangerous dog breeds.”

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.

According to the city calendar, the Public Safety Committee is scheduled to meet again on December 17. However, that meeting is also scheduled to be canceled.  This issue will most likely be discussed at the committee’s January 7, 2013 meeting.

Please continue to 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.

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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