Clayton, Missouri REPEALS pit bull ordinance

At their meeting on January 28, 2014, the Board of Aldermen in Clayton, Missouri UNANIMOUSLY voted to repeal the breed specific language in their animal control ordinance that automatically labeled “pit bulls” as dangerous dogs.

Bill No. 6429.1 amends § 210.340 of the Clayton City Code relating to dangerous dogs, and the preamble of the ordinance states as follows:

WHEREAS, the Board of Aldermen wishes to update the City’s dangerous animal procedures and standards to ensure that the determination as to the status of any animal deemed to be dangerous is based on demonstrated conduct and characteristics and not mere assumptions

The ordinance goes on to set forth behavior-based standards for classifying a dog as dangerous; the notice, appeal and hearing process; and actions the city can take when a dog is found dangerous.

According to the city clerk, the new, breed-neutral ordinance goes into effect immediately.

Well done, Clayton!

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