Springfield, MO: Stats don’t back up claims of BSL success

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.

Contact the city council: citycouncil@springfieldmo.gov

All alerts for Springfield, MO: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22springfield%2C+mo%22

Springfield Pit Bull Ordinance Five Years Later, Animal Control says Ordinance is Reducing Vicious Dog Attacks

Emily Rittman
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. [...]

http://www.kspr.com/news/local/kspr-springfield-pit-bull-ordinance-five-years-later-animal-control-says-ordinance-is-reducing-vicious-dog-attacks-20111104,0,497810.story

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4 responses to “Springfield, MO: Stats don’t back up claims of BSL success

  1. I cant believe this is real!? it’s like the Holacaust! So wrong!!

  2. seriously, how can we blame a particular breed… it’s clearly NOT working. all you’re doing is KILLING innocent dogs. What’s not happening is the enforcement of responsible ownership! if the breed was the problem, then wouldn’t that number drop? and what about the unreported bites? you’re not taking those into consideration.. the pit bull breed has been an American symbol of courage, love and loyalty for years! how is it that now, you see them as man eating monsters? think of all the people you know that have been bitten by a dog? NOW how many were from pits, rotties or dobermans? STOP BEING RACIST! it’s not the breeds, it’s the owners and trainers! my son got bit by a golden retriever, but does that mean they’re all bad? nope! would i consider a breed ban? nope.. now would i expect that dog to get some behavioral training and for the owners to make sure that it was in a secure place? YES! enough said!

  3. How do you even know that it is a “pit bull”? Because it has a square looking head? SO does my lab and my boxer. They are not vicious dogs. All dogs can be vicious…..DUH!!! Why single out 1 breed? People are paranoid and selfish and ignorant that they do not know that a pit bull is not even a recognized breed, but a mixture of others that can be just as good as other dogs or just as vicious.

  4. How many more dogs must die in order to improve the statistics are stupid man?