City officials in Dardanelle, Arkansas passed the second reading of an ordinance that would ban “pit bull breeds” in the city limits at their meeting on October 7, 2013.
Three readings are required in order for the proposal to become law. The third (and FINAL) reading will be held on November 4, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.
The ban is being proposed because, according to the Dardanelle police chief, law enforcement has “increasingly seen vicious dogs, especially pit bulls, in drug houses, making the job of his officers more difficult.”
In short, rather than target 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.
Scott Moore, the chair of the Code Enforcement Committee, which referred the ordinance to the full council, said since the city of Russellville banned pit bulls in 2006, pit bull owners have come across the river to Dardanelle. He went on to advise that a ban was necessary because people are chaining pit bulls too close to the sidewalk, and the dogs are “growling and barking” people.
Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation to the Dardanelle city officials, as well as viable alternatives and suggestions for their consideration. We 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.
Please encourage city officials to considering crafting alternatives to target specific tethering criteria and/or anti-tethering provisions that will (1) enhance community safety and (2) not group all dog owners together, thus forcing responsible dog owners to give up their family companions.
Talking points and alternatives to breed specific legislation can be found here.
Mayor Carolyn McGee
City Council (block copy & paste e-mail)
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