We learned on May 1, 2013, that officials in Osawatomie, Kansas were considering repealing the city’s 20+ year old pit bull ban. The proposal, which was brought before the city council on May 9, would lift the ban on pit bull terriers, and deem dogs vicious based on their behavior, not their breed. In addition, the ordinance would focus on irresponsible and reckless dog owners, and set forth significant fines and penalties aimed at making dog owners more accountable.
The proposed changes were brought to the council by two City Councilwomen, Tamara Maichel and Karen LaDuex, who were appointed to study the city’s pit bull ban and other animal control issues. A panel of dog experts presented statistics and information to the full city council showing pit bulls have received biased media attention, and that other cities across the state have already repealed breed-specific ordinances and implemented anti-tethering laws in their place.
I spoke with the Osawatomie city clerk today, and the breed specific ordinance has officially been repealed. A “News Flash” placed on the city’s website this afternoon states:
New ordinance 3709, which was published in summary in the June 5, 2013 issue of the Osawatomie Graphic, is now available on-line.
The major changes in Ordinance 3709 are the repealing of breed specific bans, enhancing provisions dealing with definitions, regulations, prohibitions and penalties dealing with dangerous animals, strengthening cruelty to animal provisions and imposing restrictions on tethering. The City will be working with animal owners over the next few months to educate them about the new tethering provisions and to remind them of the need to register dogs, cats and ferrets with the City.
The entire ordinance is available online for review.
Congratulations to the residents, animal welfare advocates and city officials who worked together to bring about the demise of the two-decades-old breed specific ordinance in Osawatomie.
Job very well done!