Lansing, MI considering law that would target ‘pit bulls’ and ‘scary hounds’

City officials in Lansing, Michigan are drafting a vicious dog ordinance that will involve regulating and securing “scary hounds on owners’ property.” Details of the ordinance discussed at last night’s council meeting are scarce, but Mayor Virg Bernero indicated that it would “likely be contentious over whether to go breed specific” or not.

Mayor Bernero advised the council that the “vast majority” of instances when the police had to shoot dogs involved “pit bulls,” and he went on to say that [pit bulls] were the “ones we have the most  problems with.”

Acknowledging that different communities regulate vicious dogs in various ways, Mayor Bernero is leaving it up to the council as to the best ordinance to move forward with.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Lansing officials. Please also include viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration.

You can find talking points for your letters here.

In addition, we recommend the NAIA model animal control law, as well as the NAIA guide to pet friendly ordinances.

Lansing City Clerk
124 W. Michigan Ave., 9th Floor
Lansing, MI 48933
Phone:(517) 483-4131 Main
Fax:(517) 377-0068

Mayor Virg Bernero

Lansing City Council


2 responses to “Lansing, MI considering law that would target ‘pit bulls’ and ‘scary hounds’

  1. Pingback: Mayor, council differ on breed specific ordinance in Lansing, MI | Bless the Bullys

  2. This council should sit and watch Pitbulls and Parolees. See what these dogs are really like. I have 3 pits that I would trust my life to. Ban owners not breeds!

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