You can file Springfield as another failed “success.” Animal control claims their BSL for “pit bull” owners, passed in 2006, has reduced vicious dog bites. The actual statistics, however, don’t support that assertion.
According to the news article below, Springfield has killed over 1500 “pit bulls” since the ordinance was passed, but the number of dog bites per year remains the same. The city does not have statistics that distinguish bites by severity. Animal control’s claims of “success” are unsubstantiated.
The Springfield Plans and Policies Committee is considering changing or repealing the breed-discriminatory ordinance. This has been under consideration since at least July of this year. City councilmember Doug Burlison says, “I think we can avoid all this mess just by concentrating on vicious dogs rather than any specific breed.”
Locals and residents, please contact city council and encourage them to repeal the ineffective, discriminatory dog ordinance that is killing innocent dogs while clearly not reducing dog bites or improving public safety. There are effective, nondiscriminatory alternative ordinances that would better serve the public.
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Springfield Pit Bull Ordinance Five Years Later, Animal Control says Ordinance is Reducing Vicious Dog Attacks
6:39 p.m. CDT, November 4, 2011
Springfield, Mo— The city of Springfield has less than half the number of registered pit bulls and pit bull mixes the city once had. [...]
“We don’t adopt out pit bulls and rescues can’t take them,” Animal Control Supervisor Randy Barnts said. [...] “The main reason for the pit bull ordinance is to stop the vicious dog attacks,” Barnts said. “It’s been very successful at that.” [...]
The number of dog bites however remains about the same. In 2005, animal control received 102 reported dog bites. Last year, animal control received 104.
“How do you determine what a pit mix is? Do we have a standardized DNA testing? No we don’t it’s a very subjective call,” City council member and chairman of Springfield’s Plans and Policies Committee Doug Burlison said. [...]
Any possible changes to the ordinance recommended by the plans and policies committee would have to go before city council for a vote. [...]