In early January, we brought you the story of the Connery family in Chariton, Iowa who were forced to rehome their beloved family pet, Zanny. Chariton city officials labeled Zanny a “pit bull mix,” and dogs that resemble “pit bulls” have been banned in the city since 1988.
Zanny’s owner equated the ordinance to saying any mixed dog cannot be in town because you don’t know what’s in their bloodline. Her simple assessment demonstrates so well the ignorance around breed specific laws. A dog’s appearance and physical characteristics have absolutely no bearing on whether a dog does or does not pose a danger to the community, and its an inappropriate manner in which to make that decision.
Zanny has been staying at the home of relatives while the Connery family gathered support to modify the law. They vowed to fight to change Chariton’s breed specific ordinance, and have taken the first step to bring that change about. On January 21, 2013, Jenny Connery and others presented their concerns about the ban to the council and asked them to consider modifying the current city ordinance to allow pit bulls in the city. City officials requested the matter be placed on the city council meeting agenda for Monday, February 4, 2013.
If you are in or near the Chariton area, please make every effort to attend tonight’s council meeting to show your support to repeal or modify the city’s ordinance that bans pit bull-type dogs. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at council chambers at City Hall.
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