Several cities considering breed specific ordinances are holding meetings this week. Please take the opportunity to address the city officials with your polite and respectful opposition to BSL.
Royal Oak, Michigan
February 18, 2013 @ 7:30
At their February 4, 2013 meeting, the Royal Oak City Commission directed the staff to research whether breed specific legislation is effective in decreasing the incidents of attacks, whether the proposed breed specific ordinance is a viable alternative and whether they should ask dog owners to provide proof of homeowners insurance. The city gave the staff 30 days to report back. A letter will be presented at Monday’s commissioner’s meeting from the police chief asking for an extension of two weeks to present their findings.
Its very important when a city is considering a breed specific ordinance, that as many people as possible who oppose the ordinance attend every meeting. While this issue is not listed on Monday’s agenda, a segment of time is reserved during every meeting for public comment. Residents are encouraged to take the opportunity to address the city officials with their polite and respectful opposition to the proposed breed specific ordinance. Meetings begin at 7:30 p.m. and are held at city hall.
Alert with contact information for Royal Oak, MI
Monday, Feb 18 @ 7:00
Council Chambers, 106 Jones Street
Officials in Watertown, Wisconsin are considering an ordinance that would deem pit bulls as “vicious” and place new restrictions on their owners. The ordinance is currently at the committee level, which means the ordinance is still in draft form, and any provision can be changed.
The public was invited to speak at the committee meeting last week, and 49 people addressed the council, and the overwhelming majority of those that spoke were against the automatic restrictions against pit bulls. While this issue is not on Monday’s agenda, a segment of time is reserved for public comments. Whenever BSL is on the table, residents are encouraged to address the council with their polite and respectful opposition to breed specific legislation. (*Please note regular council meetings are held on Tuesdays, but this week’s meeting is being held on Monday because city offices will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 19.)
Original alert with contact information for Watertown, WI
Thursday, February 21 @ 6:00
In December, the head of the Humane Society of Southeast Arkansas asked the Monticello city council to implement an ordinance that would ban or regulate pit bulls in the city limits. The council instructed the city attorney to research such ordinances and prepare a draft for the city’s consideration. That draft ordinance is expected to be presented at Thursday’s council meeting.
Previous alert with contact information for Monticello, AR: