Earlier this week, we learned that the Mayor of Lansing, Michigan was pushing for an ordinance that targeted “scary hounds” (his words, not mine), and more specifically, pit bull-type dogs. At that time, information on the proposal was scarce, but Mayor Bernero advised he would leave it up to the council as to the best ordinance to move forward with.
While the Mayor is still pushing for a breed specific ordinance, we have now learned that City Councilwoman Jody Washington believes this is not a breed issue, but an owner issue. The Public Safety Committee has put a ‘vicious dog ordinance’ on the top of their priority list, and will discuss this matter at their meeting on Tuesday, March 5, 2013. Councilwoman Washington is the chair of the Public Safety Committee, and she advises the ordinance will not focus on specific breeds.
It is unknown at this time the position the other council members have with respect to a breed specific ordinance, but this is an excellent opportunity to provide educational materials and information on the many flaws of BSL to the council for their consideration.
Please continue to send your polite and respectful opposition to BSL to the Lansing city officials. Encourage them to move forward with a common sense breed-neutral ordinance that holds irresponsible and reckless dog owners accountable for the actions of their dogs.
Contact information for the Mayor and City Council, as well as suggested materials, can be found at our previous alert listed below.
Please make your voice heard and help bring about positive change in Lansing, Michigan.
The issue will be discussed at the March 5, 2013 Public Safety Committee meeting which starts at 12:00 p.m. Please attend this meeting if at all possible, and let the Lansing officials know you support a strong breed-neutral ordinance that focuses on irresponsible owners, not particular breeds of dogs.