Three cities in Pope County, Arkansas are considering pit bull ordinances, and residents fighting these proposals are feeling very overwhelmed by their battle there. I have spoken with a resident who is actively opposing all three proposals, and they need our help, support and encouragement! They are asking for assistance in the form of educational materials and alternatives for the officials to consider and, most importantly, boots on the ground. We need people at the upcoming council meetings.
City officials in Dardanelle, Dover and Pottsville, Arkansas are considering ordinances that target “pit bulls.” There have been no reported incidents in any of these cities and, in fact, the only reason given for the proposal in Dardanelle is that police are seeing an “increase in criminals using vicious dogs, especially pit bulls” to guard drug houses. Instead of targeting the root of the problem, the city is attempting to control the criminal element by targeting and punishing all owners of a specific breed of dog – the good and the bad.
In addition, its important to note that Russellville, the county seat and the largest city in Pope County, has a breed specific ordinance in place which officials are using as an example.
Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the city officials listed below. Links containing background and additional information are available for Dardanelle and Dover. We’ve seen no news reports generated for the proposed ordinance in Pottsville.
City officials in Dardanelle heard and passed the first reading of an ordinance that would ban “pit bull breeds” in the city limits at their last meeting on Tuesday, September 6. The second reading will be held on October 7, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
Mayor Carolyn McGee
Alert with additional information:
The second reading of an ordinance targeting pit bulls took place and was passed on September 3, 2013. The third (and FINAL) reading will take place on October 1, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.
Mayor Patrick Johnson
Alert with additional information for Dover, Arkansas:
The Pottsville city officials tabled a pit bull ordinance for additional review at their last council meeting in August. It will be brought back up at their meeting on Monday, September 30, 2013. Please note this date is different than the date listed on the city’s website. The city clerk confirmed the date has been changed.
City of Pottsville, Arkansas
173 E. Ash Street
Pottsville, AR 72858
Phone: (479) 968-3029
Please remember how very important it is to maintain respectful and educated communications with city officials at all times. Residents in three towns are counting on us to be a unified voice for responsible dog owners and for sensible animal control laws.