Category Archives: Missouri

Missouri HB 1116 to prohibit breed discrimination on the state level passes committee

A bill in Missouri that would prohibit municipalities from enacting breed discriminatory laws has been heard by the House judiciary Committee.

HB 1116 is very simple.  The bill seeks to add an amendment to the current state code that reads: “273.195. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed to limit in any manner the authority of any village, town, or city to prohibit dogs from running at large or to further control or regulate dogs within its boundaries; provided that, no such ordinances, orders, policies, or regulations are specific to breed.”

Missouri HB 1116 has been passed out of the House Judiciary Committee.   The committee voted 13-2 for the bill.  HB 1116 now goes to the full house for a vote.    If it passes the full House, the bill will move to the Senate side, where it will go through the same process of committees and hearings by the Senate.  If it passes the full Senate the bill will then need to be signed by the Governor.

The legislative process is a long one, but it is important that residents continue to contact their Senators and Representatives expressing support for this bill.

There is currently no date set for the next reading.

Some have said that there are some legislators who have received correspondence against the bill, so it is important that those residents that support the bill reach out to their legislators and ask them to support it as well.

Missouri residents can find their specific legislators in the Senate here.  House representatives can be found here.

This post has been edited to reflect that there is no second committee hearing, as was reported by a local organization.  The bill is moving to the full House so residents should contact their Representatives to ask them to support this bill.

Chesterfield, MO – Repeals Pit Bull Legislation

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Chesterfield, Missouri! Bill No. 2909, which amends the “Dangerous Animals” ordinance to REMOVE all the breed specific language was APPROVED at the second reading on December 3rd, 2012!

Way to go Chesterfield!

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Chesterfield, Missouri Council members will meet at 7:00 PM tonight, Monday, December 3rd to move forward with removal of the cities current breed specific legislation REPEAL.

If you are in the area, please attend the meeting in effort to show your support of this action.

For more information….

MANCHESTER, MISSOURI – Board of Aldermen Repeal Pit Bull Ban with Unanimous Vote

We reported in August that a Manchester resident had filed a suit against the City of Manchester on the grounds of violation of her constitutional rights because she had received at least four citations because of her dog.

Last night, the Board of Aldermen voted unanimously to repeal the cities pit bull ordinance, adopting instead a non-breed specific dangerous dog law.

According to City Manager, Andy Hixson, the revision to the existing ordinance removed the term ‘pit bull’.  The changes are effective immediately and all vicious dog designations will be determined by the individual dogs behavior rather than breed or appearance.

 

Town and Country, MO: BSL repealed

Town and Country, MO, has deleted their vicious dog ordinance, resulting in the repeal of BSL. Repeal occurred in response to resident request, and the repeal was supported by local officials, including animal control and police.

Pitbulls no Longer ‘Vicious’ in Town and Country

Town and Country no longer categorizes pitbulls as “vicious” dogs. In fact, the city completely removed its vicious dog ordinance Monday night.

By Gabrielle Biondo
August 14, 2012

Town and Country aldermen unanimously voted Monday to completely remove the city’s vicious dog ordinance from city code.

By removing the city’s ordinance, Town and Country is now covered by St. Louis County’s “vicious dog ordinance” which categorizes dogs as “vicious” based on their behavior alone. The county’s ordinance does not deem any specific breed as vicious.

[...] “I think Town and Country is following the trend that we are seeing to remove breed specific language from municipal ordinances and it make it behavior based,” Town and Country Police Captain Gary Hoelzer tells Patch. [...]

Full article retrieved 8/15/12 from http://townandcountry-manchester.patch.com/articles/pitbulls-no-longer-vicious-in-town-and-country-dog-law

Town and Country, MO: Second reading of breed ban repeal, Aug 13

When Town and Country officials came for their pet, a T&C couple got a lawyer and started talks with officials to repeal the animal ordinance’s breed-specific language.

The revised, breed-neutral animal ordinance is scheduled for final reading and approval at the August 13 board of alderman meeting at 7:00 PM at the municipal center.

Please send brief notes of encouragement and thanks to city officials:
City of Town and Country, 1011 Municipal Center Drive, Town & Country, MO 63131
Mayor@Town-and-Country.org; WrightLH@Town-and-Country.org; Manges@Town-and-Country.org; WelbyTJ@Town-and-Country.org; Lenzrc@Town-and-Country.org; Crawfordgb@town-and-country.org; MeylandsmithFJ@Town-and-country.org; BehnenPJ@Town-and-Country.org; BenigasJ@Town-and-Country.org

Manchester, MO: Resident sues city for “unconstitutional” BSL

Manchester Sued Over Dog Ordinance

In a recently filed lawsuit, a resident claims Manchester’s pitbull ordinance is unconstitutional and vague.

By Carlos Restrepo
August 10, 2012

[... Manchester resident] McRoberts said in the lawsuit that her dogs were only characterized by Manchester police as “vicious” based on their appearance, not the actual breed or behavior of the dogs. The lawsuit states that appearance is subjective and open to interpretation, which gives Manchester too much discretion over what constitutes a vicious dog.

“…and thus violates the plaintiff’s constitutional rights (of due process),” the lawsuit states. [...]

McRoberts seeks for the court to declare Manchester’s ordinance unconstitutional and to be refunded for expenditures relating to this lawsuit. [...]

Full article retrieved 8/12/12 from http://townandcountry-manchester.patch.com/articles/manchester-sued-over-dog-ordinance

Town and Country, MO: Council may repeal breed ban

When Town and Country officials came for their pet, a T&C couple got a lawyer and started talks with officials to repeal the animal ordinance’s breed-specific language.

The revised, breed-neutral animal ordinance had first reading last week, and is scheduled for final reading and approval at the next board of alderman meeting. The article below says that meeting will be August 6, but according to the council website, meetings are held on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, which would make the next meeting on August 13. If you wish to attend the next meeting, we suggest you call ahead to confirm: 314-432-6606.

Please send brief notes of encouragement and thanks to city officials:
City of Town and Country, 1011 Municipal Center Drive, Town & Country, MO 63131
Mayor@Town-and-Country.org; WrightLH@Town-and-Country.org; Manges@Town-and-Country.org; WelbyTJ@Town-and-Country.org; Lenzrc@Town-and-Country.org; Crawfordgb@town-and-country.org; MeylandsmithFJ@Town-and-country.org; BehnenPJ@Town-and-Country.org; BenigasJ@Town-and-Country.org

Town and Country Will Reconsider Anti-Pit Bull Law

A local couple challenges Town and Country’s ordinance against Pit Bulls

By Denise Bertacchi
July 24, 2012

[...] But most importantly, the city would remove wording to prevent residents from owning Pit Bulls or dogs that look like Pit Bulls.

[...] The Town and Country Board of Aldermen approved this ordnance for its first reading on Monday night. They will make a final vote in two weeks on Monday August 6.

Full article retrieved 7/29/12 from http://townandcountry-manchester.patch.com/articles/town-and-country-will-reconsider-pit-bull-law

If you are currently fighting BSL in your area, check out this additional article to find out what convinced T&C officials to consider repeal: http://townandcountry-manchester.patch.com/articles/don-t-judge-a-dog-by-his-looks