BSL on council agendas on 9/3/13

Dover, Arkansas

We learned in early July that the small town of Dover, Arkansas was considering an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bull-type dogs within the city limits.  The first reading of the ordinance was held at the regular city council meeting on July 2, 2013.  At that time, the Aldermen voted to hold the ordinance for 30 days, and then take the second, and possibly final vote, at their next meeting on Tuesday, August 6, 2013.  As it turned out, the Aldermen did not take a vote on August 6 and, instead, decided to make some “minor changes” to the ordinance – none of those changes included the removal of the breed specific language.

The proposed ordinance would place strict regulations on all dogs considered to be “pit bulls,” and would prohibit any new pit bulls from living in the city.

The proposal is on the council agenda for September 3, 2013.  When I spoke to the city clerk last week, she was not sure whether tonight’s action would be the first or second vote because the language has been revised since the first vote taken in July.  Regardless, its extremely important for those in the area to attend tonight’s meeting.

Alert for Dover, Arkansas:


Waterloo, Iowa

As the result of a dog attack last week, officials in Waterloo, Iowa are reaching out for policies, regulations and ordinances that restrict or ban the ownership of “pit bull breeds.”  The city has recently taken over animal control duties, and is using the recent isolated event to update the city’s code with breed specific provisions.

A work session with the mayor and city council has been set up for Tuesday, September 3, and ideas and suggestions will be presented for the council’s consideration. The meeting begins at 4:45 p.m. at Council Chambers in City Hall. 

No formal action has been proposed at this time, however, it is extremely important that Waterloo residents let their city officials know they don’t support breed specific legislation.

Please encourage the Waterloo officials to pass a law that targets reckless and irresponsible dog owners which will result in a safer environment for the entire community – people and animals alike.

Action alert for Waterloo, Iowa


Watertown, Wisconsin 

The Watertown, Wisconsin Common Council will again take up a proposed pit bull ordinance  at its meeting on Tuesday, September 3, 2013The meeting begins at 7 p.m., and is held  in the council chambers at the Municipal Building, 106 Jones St.

The city council narrowly passed a first reading of an ordinance that would impose restrictions on owners of pit bull breeds and “other dogs deemed vicious by the city” at their last meeting.  The vote was 5 to 4,

The proposal defines “pit bull breeds” as American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, or any dog displaying a majority of physical traits of one or more of those breeds.  Ownership restrictions would include keeping dogs in kennels or fenced in when outdoors, warning signs placed on homes, mandatory spay/neuter after reaching the age of 5 months, proof of liability insurance of at least $100,000, and a registration fee.

In addition to restrictions on ownership of pit bulls, the proposal would ban pit bulls and dogs deemed vicious from multifamily buildings in the city, with the exception of duplexes and privately owned condos, and also bans any household that owns a pit bull or a dog deemed vicious from owning more than two dogs.  Those in violation would be required to move or give up at least one of the animals.

Close to 50 people addressed the council at the last meeting, and we need an equally impressive showing of people at tomorrow’s meeting.

Alert for Watertown, Wisconsin


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