Wentzville, MO update: Proposed ordinance would repeal BSL

Wentzville, MO, has finally made public a draft of the proposed dog ordinance. You can read the draft here. It is breed-neutral and, if passed, would repeal the city’s current “pit bull” restrictions.

The police department is revising some sections (should remain breed-neutral) and the proposal will be officially introduced on Feb 8.

Although this proposal is a positive step forward for Wentzville, public reaction to repeal of BSL has been mixed. Some residents are opposed to BSL repeal, and the local news media has been covering the story inaccurately and somewhat negatively.

Please keep up the positive and respectful correspondence with councilmembers and encourage them to repeal their breed-discriminatory ordinance.
Wentzville City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, MO 63385
636-327-5101
636-639-2017 fax
Online contact forms for aldermen: http://www.wentzvillemo.org/mayor-and-alderman.aspx

Join a Facebook group that is working on this issue: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Change-Breed-Specific-Laws-in-Wentzville-Missouri/227898083944306

Alderman, Residents Talk About Pit Bull Ordinance

Police chief to make changes before presenting the board with the legislation Feb. 8.

By Brian Feldt

[...] More than 60 concerned residents waited nearly three hours until the Wentzville Board of Alderman began discussing its new animal control ordinance, which will likely seek to put the onus of harsh or vicious dogs on the owners rather the pets.

The city has long had certain restrictions on pit bulls. Now, officials and concerned residents are pushing to repeal those restrictions and replace them with a new policy that would enact harsher penalties on owners of any dog that displays vicious characteristics. [...]

Full article retrieved 1/26/12 from http://wentzville.patch.com/articles/alderman-residents-talk-about-pit-bull-ordinance

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