The city of Wellsburg, West Virginia is considering an ordinance that would ban “pit bulls” in the city limits. Little is known as to what sparked this discussion within the city council as there have been no reported incidents in the area.
The city council next meets on Tuesday, April 9 or Tuesday, April 16. We are awaiting confirmation of the date from the city, and will advise as soon as we know.
In the meantime, please send your polite, respectful and informative letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Wellsburg city officials. Please encourage them to pursue an ordinance that targets reckless and irresponsible dog owners, and suggest alternatives for their consideration. We recommend the NAIA publication, “A Guide to Constructing Successful, Pet Friendly ordinances.” The guide has some excellent points that would help lay the groundwork for an ordinance that will address any problems experienced in Wellsburg.
Talking points for your letters and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
Contact information for individual elected officials is not available, but you may send your correspondence via Mayor Sue Simonetti’s office, along with a polite request to please forward to each member of the council, as well as the city manager, Mark Henne.
City of Wellsburg
70 Town Square
Wellsburg, WV 26070
Thanks to Jo Staats for the heads up!