Great Bend, Kansas city officials will discuss an ordinance that would “ban pit bulls and other vicious dogs” at the City Council meeting tomorrow, Monday, May 20, 2013. The request comes to the city officials via a letter received from the Weber family, and the Webers will be present to discuss their request at tomorrow’s meeting. The letter is apparently attached to the council meeting packet, but is not attached to the council agenda, so I am unable to report on what is contained in the letter.
If you are in the Great Bend area, it is extremely important to attend tomorrow’s meeting and provide the council with statistics and research that breed specific ordinances are ineffective and give a community a false sense of security. In addition, its important to note that the city’s current breed-neutral vicious dog ordinance is adequate to address the city’s animal control issues, although we do take exception to the provision that automatically deems dogs seized in dog fighting operations as vicious.
City Council meetings begin at 7:30 p.m., and are held at city hall, 1209 Williams Street.
In the meantime, please send your polite and respectful opposition to breed specific legislation to the Great Bend officials, as well as viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration. We also recommend providing a copy of 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 in the city.
Talking points and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
Contact information for the mayor and individual council members is not available, but you may send your correspondence, with a polite request to foward to each council member, to the City Administrator, Howard Partington, or his assistant.
City of Great Bend
1209 Williams Street
Great Bend, KS 67530
City Administrator Howard Partington
(assistant to the Administrator)