The Board of Directors in Bluefield, West Virginia have instructed the city attorney to draft an ordinance that would ban pit bulls from the city limits. Bluefield currently has an ordinance regulating the ownership of “pit bulls.” However, the city has continued to experience animal control issues because their ordinance, which targets dogs based on appearance rather than behavior, cannot be enforced.
The city attorney advises a draft ordinance may be ready by the next Board of Directors meeting on March 26.
In the meantime, please encourage the Board of Directors to consider the many options available that will create a safer community without targeting specific breeds of dogs. As they are already aware their current ordinance is not working, ask them to see this as an opportunity to start from scratch and consider an ordinance that focuses on reckless and irresponsible owners, as well as dogs that display certain behaviors. A strong, enforceable breed-neutral ordinance will help them achieve their goals of a safe community for all members – people and animals.
Talking points and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
As always, please be polite and respectful in all your communications with officials, as you are representing responsible dog owners as a whole.
Many thanks to Jo Staats for the heads up. I know she will keep us updated on how things are going there.
City of Bluefield
200 Rogers St
Bluefield, WV 24701
Mayor Linda Whalen
Director Mary Frances Brammer
Director Deb Sarver
Director Pete Sternloff
Director Tom Blevins
Agendas and Meeting minutes can be found here.