El Dorado, KS: Commissioners to consider repeal of long-standing pit bull ordinance

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.

City of El Dorado, Kansas City Commissioners:

Bill Young:   young.bill@cox.net
Chase Locke:   commissionerlocke@eldoks.com
Nick Badwey:   Nbadwey@cox.net
David Chapin:   flyboy958@hotmail.com

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s