Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero is asking City Council to adopt a vicious dog ordinance. According to Bernero, his office has received numerous phone calls and emails from citizens who are “living in fear” because loose dogs are wreaking havoc in neighborhoods.
According to Lansing Police Chief, Teresa Szymanski, “Officers had to deal with issues related to pit bulls more this summer than previous years.”
Bernero will request that the Council adopt an ordinance that will hold an owner accountable when someone is attacked. Dogs with a history of being aggressive or violent will be especially targeted.
Bernero expects the ordinance to include fencing and insurance requirements.
“There is no evidence that the issue is going away,” he said. “This is a dialog whose time has come. Hopefully, the Council will take it up.”
Details of whether the ordinance will be breed-specific have not been released, but Bernero said “It’s not something that will happen immediately.”
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Sioux City Police to Look for Unregistered Pit Bulls
Posted: Mar 31, 2010 3:43 PM
Updated: Mar 31, 2010 8:38 PM
[...] “In some instances where apparently they haven’t registered with all that effort, our police department and animal control will be going to those homes where those pit bulls are owned”, says City Manager Paul Eckert.
Article retrieved 4/1/10 from http://www.kcautv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12236330
A similar story — “Clairton Task Force Will Sink Teeth Into Dog Problems” — at http://www.wpxi.com/news/21248078/detail.html (with a 2-minute video) downplays breed specificity.
Contact info for city officials:
City of Clairton, 551 Ravensburg Blvd., Clairton, PA 15025
Remember: BSL is already in place in Clairton. Correspondence should seek to educate about the flaws with their current system, suggestions for a better ordinance, and to dissuade from a breed ban.
Clairton City Council Meets Over Pit Bull Problem
Oct 9, 2009 1:50 pm US/Eastern
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― [...] Meanwhile, the city of Clairton is beginning to crack down on pit bull and other dog owners.
“We have not really been pushing this ordinance, but it’s time that we start getting strict with the ordnance,” said Clairton Mayor Domenic Virgona. “Everyone having a dangerous dog such as a pit bull and Rottweiler and so on must register their dog with the city of Clairton. They must also be on a leash and if they’re going to walk the dog on the street, it must be muzzled.”
Also, the mayor says that anyone who disobeys that ordnance will face a $500 fine. The mayor also says that a ban on pit bulls in the future is not out of the question.[...]
Full article retrieved 10/10/09 from http://kdka.com/pets/pit.bull.problems.2.1237955.html
Posted in Pennsylvania, Results of BSL, Whispers of BSL
Tagged animal control, breed specific legislation, city council, dangerous dog, muzzle, pit bull, pit bull problem, police, Rottweiler, shooting