Officials in the city of Ft. Thomas, Kentucky are considering repealing their ordinance banning “pit bulls.”
The current ordinance, passed in 1988, declares pit bulls to have “inherently vicious and dangerous propensities,” and further states that pit bulls are “potentially hazardous and unreasonably dangerous to the health, safety and welfare of the citizens.”
Section 91.35 defines a “pit bull” as follows:
Pit Bull Terrier: (commonly known as pit bull dog) shall mean any dog which either:
(1) Is registered with the American Kennel Club as either an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordsire Bull Terrier;
(2) Is registered with the United Kennel Club as an American Pit Bull Terrier;
(3) Conforms to either of the standards of the American Kennel Club for the American Staffordshire Terrier or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier which were published, with an example photograph, in the 15th Edition of the Complete Dog Book in 1977 and which are attached to Ordinance 0-17-88; or
(4) Has predominant physical characteristics which are those of either the American Staffordshire Terrier or the Staffordshire Bull Terrier indicated in the standards of the American Kennel Club which were published, with an example photograph, in the 15th Edition of the Complete Dog Book in 1977 and which are attached to Ordinance 0-17-88.
The push for change came after the April 21 council meeting, when dozens of people came forward and asked that the ban on pit bulls be repealed. In response, the city’s Public Safety Committee will meet on June 2, 2014 to discuss changes to the provisions of the ordinance related to “dangerous animals” and the ban on pit bulls.
Residents of Ft. Thomas: Please reach out to your city officials, particularly those on the Public Safety Committee, Mayor Eric Haas, Tom Lampe and Jay Fossett, and encourage them to move forward with repealing the ordinance banning pit bull-type dogs. Share with them the wealth of information and research that was not available thirty years ago demonstrating that breed specific laws are ineffective, discriminate against and penalize responsible dog owners, and do not enhance the safety or welfare of the residents in communities in which it exists. Urge your city officials to enact an ordinance that deems dogs dangerous according to their individual actions and behaviors and, as one resident stated at the April council meeting, “puts the responsibility of the dogs in the individual owners’ hands.”