Gering NE – Pit Bull Ban Considered By Council

Gering Councilman Dan Smith told other Council members at their last meeting that other communities have breed specific bans.  He cited pit bulls and rottweilers has having dangerous reputations.

Councilman Larry Gibbs said council had opted not to ban specific breeds in the past, instead focus on vicious and dangerous dogs.  But, he feels the current ordinance does require that a history or incident would have to occur for an animal to be deemed dangerous or vicious.

Gerring’s current Vicious and Dangerous Dog ordinance permits a dog deemed dangerous to be returned to its owner, but the dog must be leashed and muzzled, or an officer responding to an event involving the dog could immediately dispatch the dog.

Questions were raised concerning who determines a dog dangerous under the current ordinance.  According to Police Captain George Holthus, prior City Prosecutors have required that a judge be involved when declaring dogs vicious or dangerous, however current prosecutors believe that police can deem dogs vicious and put into step the next proceedings.

Councilwoman Monette Ross supported the theory that pit bulls are dangerous dogs.  “You can’t count on what it is going to do, one minute it is just sitting there and the next thing, it is a killing machine.”

Smith asked that a proposal for designing a breed-specific ban go before the public safety committee.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE correspondence to:

Mayor EDWIN MAYO
Email to:  mayormayo@gering.org

WARD I Council Members:
JOYCE HILLMAN-KORTUM
DAN SMITH
WARD II:
REBECCA SHIELDS
  
DON CHRISTENSEN

WARD III:
LARRY GIBBS
Email to:  lgibbs@gering.org 

JULIE MORRISON
WARD IV:

JILL MCFARLAND
Email to:  jmcfarland@gering.org 
 
MANUEL ESCAMILLA
Email to:  mescamilla@gering.org

CHIEF OF POLICE

Mel Griggs


 

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3 responses to “Gering NE – Pit Bull Ban Considered By Council

  1. Councilwoman Monette Ross supported the theory that pit bulls are dangerous dogs. ”You can’t count on what it is going to do, one minute it is just sitting there and the next thing, it is a killing machine.”

    responce to the above statement…. This is the same with any dog…
    no matter the breed, it all depends on how they are raised and trained.
    Years ago, I owned a mutt. looked like a yellow lab, but had some sherpard in it, the dog was a very friendly dog, buy one day she just turned on someone in the neighbor hood, thank god she was trained well and I did stop her from any attack…. so any dog , small to large, any breed can turn…

  2. People who want to stop the public from owning “dangerous dogs” have never been around the dogs in question. This is an outrage and I will move if my rights are taken away from me. I’ve owned many different breeds of dogs during my life and Pit bulls have been the smartest, gentlest, most loyal breed of them all. Before you condemn a breed of dog, it is imperative that you research and get to know a breed, before you condemn them to die if found in your city. I beg you, go to the local pound and spend some time with a pit bull. You will see how harmless they are. You at least owe us (the public) that.

  3. This will be my question, whom will determine if the dog is actually dangerous? Because I help trained many Largest Dog Breed out there and I have never had any trouble. I believe that Council Women Ross, should consider building a education program for the Humans that actually trained their dogs to be mean.