Thanks to Jodi for this alert!
The Vancouver, WA city council is considering a ban on “pit bulls” after a recent attack there. The mayor and city council are clearly divided on this issue, but at least two city councilors have taken up the cause, and in emails seemed to be supportive of placing a discussion of a ban on the city council’s docket.[...]
Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters opposing breed specific legislation to the Vancouver city officials listed below. Please be sure to include the problems associated with BSL, including the cost to the city and identification issues.
Contact info for city officials
City of Vancouver, P.O. Box 1995, Vancouver, WA 98668-1995
City Council – (360) 487-8629
Timothy D. Leavitt, Mayor, Tim.Leavitt@cityofvancouver.us
Jeanne Harris, Jeanne.Harris@cityofvancouver.us
Jeanne E. Stewart, Jeanne.Stewart@cityofvancouver.us
Larry J. Smith, Larry.Smith@cityofvancouver.us
Pat Campbell, Pat.Campbell@cityofvancouver.us
Jack Burkman, email@example.com
Bart Hansen, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email block for cut and paste:
Tim.Leavitt@cityofvancouver.us; Jeanne.Harris@cityofvancouver.us; Jeanne.Stewart@cityofvancouver.us; Larry.Smith@cityofvancouver.us; Pat.Campbell@cityofvancouver.us; email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org
Regular city council meetings are held the first and third Monday of each month, 7:00 PM, and the public may comment on items on the agenda. Consent agenda meetings are held the second and fourth Monday of each month, 6:30 PM. Consent agenda meetings have a Citizen Forum at the end, where citizens may speak on any item not on the agenda. Council meetings take place in Council Chambers, City Hall, first floor, 210 East 13th Street.
Next regular city council meeting: June 6
Next consent agenda meeting with citizen forum: June 13
City may debate ban on pit bulls
By Andrea Damewood, Columbian Staff Reporter
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
[...] A former resident of Denver, where there has been a ban on pit bulls since 1989, [resident Christopher] Ramsey said the dogs seem to have a pack mentality that makes them more vicious.
It’s not clear how many people have been attacked by pit bulls in Clark County; animal control doesn’t track bites by breed, [Animal Control manager Paul] Scarpelli said.
At least two city councilors have taken up Ramsey’s cause, and in emails seemed to be supportive of placing a discussion of a ban on the city council’s docket.[...]
Councilor Pat Campbell said that since the attack, he’s heard numerous horror stories about pit bulls. While he acknowledged other dogs can be vicious as well, Campbell said pit bulls have the size and inbred tendencies to go after people. [...] “I think this might be one thing that we can do for the community that won’t cost a lot of money.” [...]
“There’s a bigger conversation about responsibility for ownership of pets, and holding owners accountable if they choose to have a breed of dog that is generally recognized as being dangerous,” [Mayor] Leavitt said. [...]
Full article retrieved 6/2/11 from http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/jun/01/city-may-debate-ban-on-pit-bulls-boy-9-was-attacke/