I was contacted by a resident of El Dorado, Kansas with news that her city commissioners have agreed to entertain discussions on repealing the city’s pit bull ban. She asked for support in encouraging her city leaders to replace their breed specific ordinance with a law that deems dogs dangerous based on their behavior, and targets irresponsible and negligent owners whose create problem dogs in a community.
I spoke with the City Manager’s assistant this morning, and she confirmed that commissioners agreed to take up the issue at Monday’s council meeting. While an actual date hasn’t been selected, she advised the first step would be a work session that will take place in March. Work sessions are open to the public, but there is not a time set aside for public comment, and no vote will be taken. Instead, the sessions are geared toward collecting, distributing and discussing information that will help the commissioners conduct their due diligence on any given subject.
The ordinance, Title 6 § 20.040, which was enacted in 1988, states as follows:
It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the city any pit bull dog as defined by administrative regulation; provided that pit bull dogs properly registered with the city by March 1, 1988, and kept within the city continuously since that time, may remain within the city subject to the requirements set forth in Section 6.20.060 of this chapter.
It is a very positive sign that city commissioners have agreed to take up the issue of repealing the city’s TWENTY-SIX year old ordinance.
Please help responsible dog owners change the discriminatory law in El Dorado by writing to the city commissioners to (1) thank them for considering repeal of the city’s long-standing pit bull ordinance and (2) encourage them to replace their existing ordinance with a breed-neutral law that has a strong focus on irresponsible dog owners, and deems dogs dangerous based on their behavior, not their breed.