Garfield, NJ: Ordinance would make new requirements for Garfield “pit bull” owners

Update 4/26: Thanks to Jodi and Barb for this information. The city council has been receiving a lot of negative feedback about the proposed BSL. They will not be voting on the ordinance during the April 27 meeting. The vote is scheduled for May 11, and the proposal may no longer be breed-specific by then. I will update as I hear more.

New Jersey state law prohibits BSL. The ordinance will be voted on and may pass at the next city council meeting: April 27, 8:00 PM at City Hall.

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Ordinance would make new requirements for Garfield pit bull owners

BY ERIN PATRICIA GRIFFITHS
Monday, April 19, 2010
Community News (Garfield Edition)

City of Garfield residents who own pit bulls will have to comply with new requirements or face a penalty if they do not, if an ordinance passes on final reading and adoption on April 27.

Article retrieved 4/20/10 from http://www.northjersey.com/news/bergen/91537414_Ordinance_would_make_new_requirements_for_Garfield_pit_bull_owners_.html

10 responses to “Garfield, NJ: Ordinance would make new requirements for Garfield “pit bull” owners

  1. Laurel M. Ashley

    This is more craziness without basis in fact and anyone proposing it should not hold public office.
    Once again it does not take into account deed and not breed.
    No dog owners should be subject to additional regulation, expense and threat based only on how their dog looks.
    The Deputy Mayor seems to want to disregard the fact that BSL is illegal (with good reason) in his state and trample the rights of some Garfield residents.

  2. Did they really say The ordinance defines pit bulls as “any canine bred or used for fighting other animals or with people”?

    Do they not realize that they just about covered every dog there is? Even most of the toy group wouldn’t stand up against that.

  3. I myself have owned pit-bulls in the past and know many people who do own them. This is rediculous it isnt the BREED that is dangerous when infact it is how the dog or ANY DOG for that matter is raised……… I understand the concerns but this is nuts cops should be aware of any dog with vicous actions not the breed type only.

  4. PLEASE HELP- I need 1,000 signatures by Tuesday and have started a petition as soon as i found out. Please go to the following link and sign. I NEED HELP to stop this ridiculous law from passing.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/pit-bull-cruelty-breed-specific-legislation

    • Erica, typically, online petitions don’t carry much legal weight in the local political arena. Your politicians are looking at what their constituents–Garfield residents–want them to do. Your petition will have much more impact if you can get handwritten local signatures from residents. You’ll have even more impact if you can get a hundred or so Garfield residents to show up at the next city council meeting!

  5. I dont live in the most active town per say- do you have any ideason how to get these people except for word of mouth. I do have out a written town petition though I have not had enough time to do all the footwork on it.
    I am open to any and all ideas

    • It looks like there is some public effort happening in Garfield, and word is going around:
      http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/nobreedspecificlawsnj
      http://www.stopbslnj.webs.com/
      Get with these folks, if you can, and hit the ground in Garfield. Pet stores, vet clinics, parks, etc.–post flyers about the meeting and collect signatures on site if possible. In such a short time frame, it will be extremely difficult to get the number of signatures you need. But even a packed city council meeting room, a flurry of protest emails, or any sort of communication with city council members that indicates the community isn’t behind this, can get the message across and make city council think twice.

  6. Update 4/26: Thanks to Jodi and Barb for this information. The city council has been receiving a lot of negative feedback about the proposed BSL. They will not be voting on the ordinance during the April 27 meeting. The vote is scheduled for May 11, and the proposal may no longer be breed-specific by then. I will update as I hear more.

  7. ATTENTION ERICA:

    Hi Erica,
    Thank you so much for standing up to BSL and encouraging others to do the same. I read your petition, and noticed that it mentions “lock jaw” several times. I know that you are trying your best, and I applaud you for that. I ask that you please edit your petition (you can edit them even once they’re active) and remove any part that mentions “lock jaw”. Or, if you’d like, we can work together to collect signatures for the following petition, which does not agree with or mention the notion of “lock jaw”. Then we can present it together. I’d love to work with you. You can contact me by email at mandyandnina@hotmail.com. I think that if we work together we can make much more of an impact.

    Here is the petition against BSL in Garfield that does NOT mention “lock jaw”, which many APBT advocates consider a negative and damaging breed myth.

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/nobreedspecificlawsnj

    Once again, thank you for actively helping to prevent breed specific legislation.

    I look forward to hearing from you.
    Amanda

  8. Why don’t we make a state law that makes irresponsible owners responsible for their dogs? The dogs are not the problem, people are! Fine and jail people who let their aggressive dogs roam the neighborhood. Make any sign of dog fighting a felony, not just catching them in the act one. Then actually jail dog fighters, do…n’t just simply give them community service. Either way we need to let Garfield new Jersey know we don’t agree

    http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=121999911145946&ref=mf