Jacksonville, IL: Local vet to make presentation on “pit bulls” at council meeting

At its meeting tomorrow night, the Jacksonville, Illinois city council will hear a presentation from veterinarian Jay Hudson on animal control that some people believe could lead to restrictions on pit bull-type dogs.

According to the article in the Jacksonville Journal-Courier, the mayor is not aware of what specifically the presentation will involve other than Dr. Hudson will be speaking about pit bulls.  Mayor Ezard calls the presentation “purely information,” and says that no action will be taken by the council tomorrow.

Public speculation has been mounting, however, that the presentation could lead to a call for a breed specific ordinance, and PAWS Jacksonville is urging residents to show their opposition to any such restrictions if they are proposed.

Illinois state law prohibits municipalities from passing breed specific legislation, but Jacksonville is a “home rule” city which means they could enact a breed discriminatory ordinance if they so choose.

But lets not jump the gun…

Its extremely important to remember that nobody – not even city officials – know what Dr. Hudson plans to discuss.  Nevertheless, considering the topic of the discussion is “pit bulls,” it is important to know what exactly is on his agenda, and residents are encouraged to attend tomorrow’s meeting.

The city council meeting on Monday, March 24, 2014 will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the commission room of the Municipal Building at 200 W. Douglas Avenue.

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