BSL on city council agendas for the week of December 2, 2013.

If you live in or around one of the below cities, please make every effort to attend the city council meetings this week.  Many people have been working extremely hard to either repeal current breed specific ordinances, or stop the passage of BSL, and your support and encouragement would be very much appreciated and really give them a big push.

Parma, Ohio

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

In Parma, Ohio, a grassroots group is lobbying the city council to repeal its ban on pit bulls, enacted in 1987, in favor of breed-neutral dog regulations that place responsibility on reckless owners.  Under 618.09 of the city’s code, the owning, harboring, or keeping of a pit bull within the Parma city limits is prohibited.

To date, the city council has not been very receptive to the suggestion of repealing the discriminatory ordinance, but advocates have vowed to continue their efforts for positive change in Parma, but they need your help.

The next city council meeting is Monday, December 2, and advocates are asking for as much public support as possible.  If you reside in or around Parma, please attend the meeting and speak on behalf of repealing the breed ban in Parma.   Your support will encourage and strengthen the movement and let the city council know this is an issue that is important and needs to be revisited.

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Manderson, Wyoming

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.

Officials in the small town of Manderson, Wyoming will take their THIRD and possibly final reading of an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of Rottweilers and Dobermans on December 2, 2013. 

The proposed ordinance would require owners to adhere to specific regulations in order to keep their dogs, and prohibit any new dogs belonging to those breeds from living in Manderson.  The town already regulates the ownership of pit bulls, grandfathering in those that lived in the city limits when the ban was passed.

If you are in or near Manderson, please try to attend Monday’s meeting.  Those opposed to the proposal would appreciate your support.

The meeting will take place at City Hall at 100 W. Railway Street.

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Reynoldsburg, Ohio

Monday, December 2, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.

On December 2, 2013 the various committees of the Reynoldsburg, Ohio city council will meet to discuss the issues they have been working on.

One of the items on the Safety Committee’s agenda is discussion of Chapter 505, which regulates, among other things, the ownership of ”vicious dogs or other vicious animals,” and automatically labels “pit bull dogs” as vicious.

Advocates have been encouraging the city to repeal the pit bull ban, but council members are concerned they are not getting enough local input.  It is imperative that Reynoldsburg residents attend these meetings to encourage the city to fall in line with state law and move forward to repeal its breed specific ordinance.

The meeting will take place in Council Chambers at the Municipal Building, 7232 E. Main Street.


Yakima, Washington

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at 6:00 p.m.

At the city council meeting on September 17, 2013, several residents addressed the Yakima officials on the various problems related to the enforcement and failure of the pit bull ban passed in 1987.  The general consensus among those who spoke was that the issue of a dog’s aggressiveness falls more on the owner and not the breed.

As a result, the council agreed to look into the possibility of repealing the decades-old ban.

A study session was held on November 12, and the council will again discuss the possibility of repealing the 26 year-old ordinance on December 3, 2013.

The meeting will take place at Council Chambers, Yakima City Hall, 129 North Second Street.

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