Today (Aug 17) and Friday (Aug 19), Petsmart Charities Webinars will feature “The Calgary Model for Success,” a presentation by Bill Bruce about Calgary’s effective, breed-neutral animal control bylaw.
Anyone may attend and benefit from these webinars. To find out more about what has worked in Calgary, and what can make your community safer and more humane, visit https://petsmartcharities.webex.com/ (Click the Training Center tab if necessary, then view the Upcoming tab.)
Summary of the Webinar, from Petsmart Charities:
The animal control bylaw in Calgary, Alberta, Canada has been hailed by many as a HUGE success. While other cities and provinces in Canada are banning breeds, Calgary is choosing education program and stronger enforcement. Pet owners in Calgary have a support system that addresses their needs before they become a problem. They have a mandatory licensing program for both cats and dogs which has provided the funds to help even more animals. The program has also lowered the number of impounded animals, increased owner return rates, lowered the euthanasia rates and lowered the number of fines for bylaw infractions! In this webinar, Bill Bruce of The City of Calgary Animal Services will share with you the steps he and his organization took to bring his community such a successful program, and the impact it had on animals’ lives in that community.
Topeka’s animal control has been overbudget by $27,000 annually, primarily because of the dogs they catch and confine under their “pit bull” legislation. These suspected “pit bulls” aren’t aggressive, as the city attorney notes; so the public isn’t really being made safer. To make matters worse, the dogs involved in court cases (due to owners disputing breed ID) clog the local shelter, causing the shelter to euthanize dogs that are not suspected “pit bulls” due to lack of space.
This does not appear to be on the agenda for the next city council meeting. However, locals may wish to contact city councilmembers to voice their support for the repeal of BSL and the institution of non-breed-specific dog laws.
City Council Contact Info:
Karen Hiller, firstname.lastname@example.org
John Alcala, email@example.com
Sylvia Ortiz, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jack Woelfel, email@example.com
Larry Wolgast, firstname.lastname@example.org
Deputy Mayor Deborah Swank, email@example.com
Bob Archer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeff Preisner, email@example.com
Richard Harmon, firstname.lastname@example.org
City may scrap pit bull rules
Pit bull confinement regs contribute to overrun in animal control budget
By Tim Hrenchir
June 25, 2010 – 4:56pm
Assistant city attorney Kyle Smith told the council this past week that the committee, which is working with Councilwoman Karen Hiller, is suggesting moves that include doing away with the city’s breed-specific rules regulating ownership of pit bulls.
Read the whole story here:
Read assistant city attorney Kyle Smith’s memorandum describing suggested revisions to Topeka animal ordinances and view what the Topeka Police Department has paid to confine dogs suspected of being pit bulls.
Posted in Kansas, Proposal to Repeal
Tagged animal control, breed specific legislation, city council, dangerous, dog, meeting, ordinance, pit bull, responsible, shelter
HB 281 is almost ready for the governor’s signature. HB 281 summary and tracking page: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=101&typ=bil&val=hb281&Submit2=Go
McDonnell amends bill on breed-based euthanasia in shelters
Edited by Chris Graham
April 14, 2010 by afp
Gov. Bob McDonnell has amended a bill passed by the General Assembly to insert a prohibition banning breed-based killing of dogs in the Commonwealth.[...]
The Governor’s amendment will add the following language: “No pound may euthanize, or prohibit the adoption of, any dog based solely on breed…”
Article retrieved 4/15/10 from http://augustafreepress.com/2010/04/14/mcdonnell-amends-bill-on-breed-based-euthanasia-in-shelters/
The full article explains how the breed-specific language was adopted by the Ohio legislature decades ago, and is recommended reading.
Ohio’s ‘pit bull’ law sticks despite tries for change
By JIM PROVANCE
BLADE COLUMBUS BUREAU CHIEF
Article published December 06, 2009
COLUMBUS – [...] The law has firmly stuck despite multiple attempts to repeal the language. Rep. Barbara Sears (R., Sylvania) has launched the latest offensive. Her bill would simply pull references to the “pit bull” from the definition of vicious dog. It has received its obligatory first hearing, but there’s been no action since.[...]
Full article retrieved 12/06/09 from http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091206/NEWS24/912060323
Posted in Breed Identification, BSL, Community Initiatives, Court Cases, Ohio
Tagged animal control, ban, bite, breed specific legislation, dog attack, legislation, legislature, pit bull, shelter, statewide, vicious
Article writer Kara Murphy needs education about how to interpret dog bite statistics and how to identify credible scientific sources (see “Journalist Resources: Scientific Studies” to understand why Animal People/Merritt Clifton’s so-called “study” is not legitimate scientific research): email@example.com
City shelter manager Kris Watkins needs education about no-kill initiatives, how to decrease the kill rate, and how to save more “pit bulls” (first step: stop talking about “pit bulls” in a way that feeds the vicious stereotype): firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-451-0230.
Erie can’t pass BSL due to state law, but City Councilmembers need information about effective non-breed-specific dangerous dog laws, preferably from locals who understand why the current dog laws are failing.
Send correspondence to the entire City Council by sending to the city clerk:
City Clerk Jim Klemm
Phone: (814) 870-1291
Fax: (814) 870-1296
Dept. City Clerk Gloria Criscione
Phone: (814) 870-1292
Fax: (814) 870-1296
Incidents renew calls for regulation of pit bulls, other vicious dogs
By KARA MURPHY
Published: November 23. 2009 1:15AM
[...] The recent attacks have raised questions of whether regulations on pit bull owners should be tightened, an idea that Erie police last raised in 2007 after a series of attacks involving the breed, including two incidents in which Erie police officers shot and killed attacking pit bulls.
But City Councilman Jim Thompson said state law prohibits local governing bodies from putting in place breed-specific laws. He pursued the idea of tightening regulations against pit bull owners several years ago.[...]
Full article retrieved 11/24/09 from http://www.goerie.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091123/NEWS02/311239975
Posted in Media Negligence, Pennsylvania, Whispers of BSL
Tagged animal control, breed specific legislation, city council, dangerous, dog, meeting, ordinance, pit bull, shelter, vicious
Lucas County dog warden Tom Skeldon, who has pushed for and supported BSL not only in Ohio but across the U.S., and whose policies were very anti-animal and pro-killing, has resigned, effective January 31.
A lengthy article on Skeldon’s resignation and the next steps to fill the vacant position can be found here: http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091119/NEWS16/911199999/-1/NEWS
Lucas County commissioner Ben Konop was the only county commissioner that wanted Skeldon out.
Please thank Commissioner Konop for standing up for the animals of Lucas County, and please encourage all of the commissioners to hire a new dog warden who is progressive, proactive, life-affirming, safety-conscious, and logical.
Commissioners’ Contact Info:
One Government Center, Suite 800, Toledo, OH 43604
Tina Skeldon Wozniak
Posted in Community Initiatives, Ohio
Tagged adoption, animal control, breed specific legislation, committee, council, county, dog, humane society, meeting, ordinance, pit bull, shelter
Breed-specific no-adopt policy in the Charlotte shelter results in a lot of innocent dead dogs at a high expense to taxpayers.
Animal Care and Control would like to hear opinions from the public about their breed-specific no-adopt policy:
8315 Byrum Drive
Charlotte, NC 28217
Out of County- 704-336-7600
City Council would need to vote to change the shelter’s policy. Contact them through this handy online form:
Charlotte itself does not have breed-specific legislation.
9 Investigates: Pit Bulls Taken To Charlotte Shelter Costing Taxpayers
Posted: 3:50 pm EST November 13, 2009
Updated: 6:34 pm EST November 13, 2009
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — About 2,500 pit bulls come through pit bull row at Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Care and Control each year.
[... Shelter spokeswoman Melissa Knicely] said that poses a special challenge at Charlotte’s facility because pit bulls can’t be adopted out.[...]
To change the policy about not adopting out pit bulls, the department would need city council approval and extra staff. But before it even got that far, they’d want to hear from the public because they realize some people might be very opposed.
Full article retrieved 11/15/09 from http://www.wsoctv.com/news/21608988/detail.html
Posted in Community Initiatives, North Carolina, Results of BSL
Tagged adoption, animal control, breed specific, city council, dog, neuter, pit bull, policy, shelter, spay