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ETOWAH, TN – Pit Bull Ban Passed By Council

UPDATE:

ETOWAH, TN. (WRCB) — A proposal to ban pit bulls within Etowah City limits has passed Monday night.

Councilman Burke Garwood tells Channel 3 council members voted 3 to 2 in favor of the ban.

The first reading of the ban passed unanimously last week.

It all started after a pit bull charged a fence close to children.

No one was injured, but the incident caused concern among parents.

http://www.wrcbtv.com/story/19886517/etowah-council-votes-to-ban-pit-bulls

BSL ALERT: Etowah, Tennessee (First reading already passed)

The city of Etowah, Tennessee is considering an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bulls. The proposal would, among other things, require owners of pit bulls to purchase insurance and would confine dogs to their house or kennel at all times unless the dog requires medical attention. In cases where medical attention is needed, the dog must wear a muzzle in order to leave the property. To be clear, the only time a dog can leave the property of its owner is to go to the vet.

The proposed ordinance defines a “pit bull” as:

-American Pit Bull Terriers;
-American Staffordshire Terriers;
-Staffordshire Bull Terriers; and
-Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any one or more of the above breeds.

The city commissioners have already passed the first reading of the ordinance, and according to the city clerk, only two readings are required to become law. A second reading could be held at the next commissioner’s meeting on October 22, 2012. Meetings take place at City Hall, 723 Ohio Avenue, and begin at 6:30 EST.

The agenda for the meeting will be available on Friday, October 19. The city clerk advised that there is an open discussion at the end of every council meeting where anyone can speak, but if the vote is taken during the next meeting, it will be too late to make an impact on the commissioners’ decision. If you would like to address the council, please call the city clerk and add your name to the agenda.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to the proposed breed specific ordinance to the Etowah city officials. Please include suggestions and alternatives for their consideration, as well. The only e-mail contact available for the commissioners is via the city clerk. Simply send your correspondence with a polite request that Ms. Tavernese forward it on to each commissioner. You may also fax or snail mail correspondence to City Hall.

City of Etowah
723 Ohio Avenue
Etowah, TN 37331
(423) 263-2202
Fax: (423) 263-3184

City Clerk
tavernese@cityofetowahtn.com

City Manager
Matthew Gravley
etowahcm@cityofetowahtn.com

Thank You Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys

ETOWAH, TN – Proposed BSL Regulations of Pit Bulls

BSL ALERT: Etowah, Tennessee (First reading already passed)

The city of Etowah, Tennessee is considering an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bulls. The proposal would, among other things, require owners of pit bulls to purchase insurance and would confine dogs to their house or kennel at all times unless the dog requires medical attention. In cases where medical attention is needed, the dog must wear a muzzle in order to leave the property. To be clear, the only time a dog can leave the property of its owner is to go to the vet.

The proposed ordinance defines a “pit bull” as:

-American Pit Bull Terriers;
-American Staffordshire Terriers;
-Staffordshire Bull Terriers; and
-Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any one or more of the above breeds.

The city commissioners have already passed the first reading of the ordinance, and according to the city clerk, only two readings are required to become law. A second reading could be held at the next commissioner’s meeting on October 22, 2012. Meetings take place at City Hall, 723 Ohio Avenue, and begin at 6:30 EST.

The agenda for the meeting will be available on Friday, October 19. The city clerk advised that there is an open discussion at the end of every council meeting where anyone can speak, but if the vote is taken during the next meeting, it will be too late to make an impact on the commissioners’ decision. If you would like to address the council, please call the city clerk and add your name to the agenda.

Please send your polite, respectful and informative opposition to the proposed breed specific ordinance to the Etowah city officials. Please include suggestions and alternatives for their consideration, as well. The only e-mail contact available for the commissioners is via the city clerk. Simply send your correspondence with a polite request that Ms. Tavernese forward it on to each commissioner. You may also fax or snail mail correspondence to City Hall.

City of Etowah
723 Ohio Avenue
Etowah, TN 37331
(423) 263-2202
Fax: (423) 263-3184

City Clerk
tavernese@cityofetowahtn.com

City Manager
Matthew Gravley
etowahcm@cityofetowahtn.com

Thank You Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys

Tamarac FL – Pit Bull Ordinance Under Fire

According to [Florida] State Code Chapter767 “DAMAGE BY DOGS” Section 14 ‘Additional local restrictions authorized’, local governments are prohibited from enacting regulations specific to breed.  However, the section is not applicable to any local ordinance that was adopted prior to October 1, 1990.

In 1985, Tamarac adopted Section 4-6 Article II – Pit Bull Dogs.  A pit bull is described as any dog that exhibits distinguishing characterstics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club for American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or to standards established by the United Kennel Club for American Pit Bull Terriers.

This local ordinance made it unlawful for any person to house, maintain or harbor within the city any dog which substantially conforms to the standards unless following strict regulations such as containing the dog within a residence or locked premise such as a totally enclosed and lockable pen, muzzled and on a leash of no greater length than 8 feet; registering the dog and paying an annual fee of $50.00;  and, obtaining a $1,000,000 liability insurance.

Currently Tamarac Talk is suggesting that officials either “Enforce it or Lose it”.

According to the article from September 27th, Tamarac currently has more than  60,000 residents living in the city that is 15 miles north of Miami-Dade County but only five (5) pit bulls are registered.

Residents are suggesting that officials remove the breed-specific restrictions, stating that the ordinance is rarely, if ever, obeyed or enforced.

Tamarac Officials can be contacted with your POLITE, PROFESSIONAL AND INFORMATIVE correspondance at:

Mayor: Beth Talabisco betht@tamarac.org

District 1: Pam Bushnell  Pamela.Bushnell@tamarac.org

District 2: Michelle Gomez Michelle.Gomez@tamarac.org

District 3: Diane Glasser  Diane.Glasser@tamarac.org

District 4: Harry Dressler Harry.Dressler@tamarac.org

UPDATE: Australia- Dangerous Dog Laws Fail to Accomplish Convictions

Second Council reports coming as a result of the one year anniversary of the Domestic Animals Act anniversary:

WYNDHAM Council has not seized any restricted breed dogs under tougher dangerous dog laws brought in a year ago.

But it is investigating two dog attack-related matters for court action.

It has been a year since the State Government introduced tough new legislation covering dangerous dogs.

HAVE YOUR SAY: Are the new laws working? Tell us below. 

The regulations were dubbed “Ayen’s law” after four-year-old St Albans girl Ayen Chol, who was killed by an unregistered pit bull cross.

Owners of dangerous, menacing or restricted dogs can face jail if their dog kills a person.

Since the legislation came into effect, the Wyndham Council has not seized any dangerous dogs.

There are 31 registered restricted breed dogs in Wyndham.

The council said it had inspected properties where dangerous dogs were being kept.

No dogs have been surrendered or euthanised, acting chief executive Bill Forrest said.

Since January 1, 127 dog attacks have been reported to the council.

“Wyndham City rangers are currently investigating two dog attack incidents, both involving minor injuries on other dogs,” Mr Forrest said.

http://wyndham-leader.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/no-dogs-seized-in-wyndham/

 

According to news out of Moonee Valley, a small area located within Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has received 24 reports of suspected dangerous dogs since changes to the 1994 Domestic Animals Act went into affect almost a year ago.

The changes stipulated only restricted-breed dogs registered before September 30th, 2011 would be allowed to stay in Victoria.

The revised law, which was made effective September 1st of last year, required registration, spay/neuter and microchipping of existing dogs that would have to be secured in an enclosure with warning signs.

Two unregistered ‘restricted breed’ dogs have been identified within the past year according to Council Chief Executive Neville Smith.  One of the two was voluntarily surrendered by the owner while the second is currently awaiting a court ruling while in the custody of officials.

Only four restricted dogs and one cross-breed are currently registered in Moonee Valley.

“While we have experienced dog attacks in Moonee Valley, the majority of these have not involved dogs that the State Government have classified as restricted breed dogs,” Smith said.  “This is a complex issue and counsil understand community concerns regarding dangerous breeds of dogs and their potential to harm.”

http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dog-laws-show-bite-moonee-valley-stats-show/

UPDATE: Moonee Valley, AU – Dangerous Dog Laws Fail to Accomplish Convictions

According to news out of Moonee Valley, a small area located within Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has received 24 reports of suspected dangerous dogs since changes to the 1994 Domestic Animals Act went into affect almost a year ago.

The changes stipulated only restricted-breed dogs registered before September 30th, 2011 would be allowed to stay in Victoria.

The revised law, which was made effective September 1st of last year, required registration, spay/neuter and microchipping of existing dogs that would have to be secured in an enclosure with warning signs.

Two unregistered ‘restricted breed’ dogs have been identified within the past year according to Council Chief Executive Neville Smith.  One of the two was voluntarily surrendered by the owner while the second is currently awaiting a court ruling while in the custody of officials.

Only four restricted dogs and one cross-breed are currently registered in Moonee Valley.

“While we have experienced dog attacks in Moonee Valley, the majority of these have not involved dogs that the State Government have classified as restricted breed dogs,” Smith said.  “This is a complex issue and counsil understand community concerns regarding dangerous breeds of dogs and their potential to harm.”

http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dog-laws-show-bite-moonee-valley-stats-show/