The city of Springville, Alabama is considering banning “certain dog breeds,” including pit bulls and wolf hybrids, in the city limits. This move apparently comes as the result of an incident that occurred a year ago when a child was bit by an alleged pit bull-type dog.
The city council discussed the ordinance on Monday, June 3, 2013, and several dog owners attended the meeting to voice their opposition to the proposed ordinance. Many advised the council of the problems of breed specific legislation, including the difficulties of enforcement and breed identification, and Phil Doster, a representative of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, told the council that breed-specific ordinances are actually dangerous for the public because they give the community a false sense of security.
The city council tabled a vote on the ordinance last night in order to allow the city attorney additional time to research the ordinance further to see how it can be implemented and enforced. Mayor Pro Tem Wayne Tucker advised the council will likely bring the ordinance up for a vote in about a month.
Please send your polite and respectful opposition to breed specific legislation to the Springville city 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 strengthen and improve the city’s current ordinance.
Talking points and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
Springville City Council
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City of Springville
P.O. Box 919
6327 US Highway 11
Springville, AL 35146
Phone (205) 467-6133
Fax (205) 467-6136
City Clerk Kelli Lee