After a work session held last week in Waterloo, Iowa, the city council has formed a committee to review changes in the city’s animal control laws. Several suggestions were offered at the work session, but no decisions were made with respect to what direction the ordinance would take, but breed specific provisions are among those being considered.
You can read more about the results of the September 3, 2013 work session here: https://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/waterloo-ia-potential-for-pit-bull-ordinance-after-council-work-session/
Councilwoman Carolyn Cole has been tapped to chair the newly formed committee. In addition, the committee will include Councilman Bob Greenwood, representatives from Waterloo Animal Control, legal staff, public safety officials, home insurance representatives, pit bull rescue members and a veterinarian.
The committee is expected to hold its first meeting September 18, 2013.
According to Mayor Clark, it may be weeks or months before the committee has a recommended ordinance for the council to consider. He also advised there will be ample opportunity for the public’s input.
In the meantime, please continue to reach out to the Waterloo city officials with your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation. It is important to include viable suggestions and alternate breed-neutral ordinances for their consideration, as well. We suggest using the NAIA’s Guide to Constructing Successful Pet Friendly Ordinances. Encourage city leaders to crack down on irresponsible and reckless dog owners, the root of animal control problems. Let them know that community safety is extremely important to us all, and encourage them to move forward with a breed neutral ordinance that will be effective in keeping the community safe for all its members – people and animals alike.
You can find talking points for your letters here.
Finally, Waterloo residents will want to keep an eye on upcoming committee and city council agendas and routinely reach out to council members Cole and Greenwood to inquire as to the progress the committee is making on this issue.
City of Waterloo
715 Mulberry Street
Waterloo, IA 50703
Phone: (319) 291-4323
Fax: (319) 291-4571
City Clerk: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor Buck Clark
Please note that Councilman Ron Welper does not make his e-mail available. Information can be furnished to him (as well as all the city officials) via the city clerk.
City council meeting agendas and minutes: http://www.cityofwaterlooiowa.com/citycouncil