Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin is considering banning pit bulls in the city limits. City Councilman Bill Hicks, who chairs the Public Safety Committee (Committee #3), confirmed the committee will consider whether a pit bull ban would be a good option for the city.
The issue was brought to the city’s attention earlier this week after a resident approached the council claiming her husband was chased by a dog she identified as a “pit bull,” and then it and another “pit bull” attacked their cat. The dogs have not been captured or identified.
Councilman Hicks advised there will be serious discussion about a ban because he wants to proactive and “not wait until someone is seriously injured” before considering the option. He advised the decision would not be taken lightly by the committee, and the committee members want to get statistics about attacks from the Chippewa Falls Police. He indicated the committee wants to be rational so they don’t rush any decision based on emotion. Both Councilman Hicks and City Attorney Ferg say one question that will need to be answered is how a city ban on pit bulls would affect people who currently own a pit bull within city limits and do not have any issues with their dog.
Other options for the committee could include raising fines for running at large or vicious animal citations.
Chippewa Falls Police records between April 2010 and April 2013 show that police were dispatched for 67 animal bite calls, though the department is still working to separate how many bites were by dogs and what breeds were involved.
Along with a ban against pit bulls, the police chief suggested the committee also consider requiring pit bull owners to have proof of liability insurance, requiring a fenced-in yard, and increasing fines for dogs running at large.
The issue of banning pit bulls has previously been before the council on two separate occasions, and one of those instances came as the result of an attack by a dog that was misidentified as a “pit bull.”
Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Chippewa Falls listed below. Please also provide them with viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration. We recommend sending the city officials 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 the problems experienced in Chippewa Falls.
Talking points and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
City of Chippewa Falls
30 West Central Street
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin 54729
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