Blair, NE: BSL proposed, first reading Oct 26

Blair city council will consider a breed-specific ordinance during its city council meeting on Oct. 26 at 7 PM in City Council Chambers, 218 S. 16th Street.

Contact info for Blair city hall:
Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street, Blair, Nebraska 68008
Ph (402) 426-4191 Fax (402) 426-4195
cityofblair@ci.blair.ne.us
City Hall Contact Form: http://www.blairnebraska.org/Pages/contact.htm

On the agenda:

4. Consider an ordinance regarding amending the Blair Municipal Code in reference to Dogs and Cats and Dangerous Dogs.
a. Introduction of ordinance
b. Recommendation for any amendments from the Police Committee.
c. Comments from the floor or in writing.

Text of the proposed ordinance:

Sec. 6-132 Pit Bulls: Leash and Muzzle Required. It shall be unlawful for any persons owning, harboring, or having the care of a pit bull to permit such dog to be outdoors unless confined in a securely fenced yard or unless the dog is under the control of a person 19 years of age or older, restrained securely by a harness and leash no longer than six feet and properly muzzled to reasonably prevent the dog from biting.
For the purposes of this section, pit bull shall be defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentina [sic], Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog, or any dog displaying the majority of such physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds (more so than any other breed), or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. The A.K.C. and U.K.C. standards for the above breeds are on file at the City office.

Read the entire proposal here: http://www.blairnebraska.org/FormsPDF/BlairDangerousDogOrdinanceTextandMemo.pdf

Residents question if new dog ordinance is strict enough

10/15/2010 9:15:00 AM 
[…]Straube and her husband, Bill, had asked the city to consider banning pit bulls in town. The proposed new ordinance requires that pit bulls and similar breeds be kept in a securely fenced yard or be on a leash and muzzled if they are outside the fence, but does not ban them.

[…] The city council plans to consider the new pet regulations on first reading at its Oct. 26 meeting. By law, the ordinance must be approved at three different meetings, unless that rule is waived by the council.

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One response to “Blair, NE: BSL proposed, first reading Oct 26

  1. As a trainer, I can only say that ALL dogs have teeth, and laws directed at preventing dog bites should NOT be aimed at particular breeds, but rather at irresponsible owners and their conduct. Strengthen existing leash laws, and provide heavy penalties if dogs are deemed dangerous because of their BEHAVIOR not their breed. If someone owns a Pit Bull that has a Canine Good Citizen award, or an obedience title, or is a registered therapy dog, does it make sense for the dog to have to wear a muzzle to a nursing home visit or at a dog show in your town???? Of course not, but that is what ordinances such as this would do to those volunteers and competitors, and their dogs, who are doing such good work every day. This is absurd and reactive policy that just does NOT make sense. Qualified veterinary behaviorists, such as Ian Dunbar and Nicholas Dodman, don’t advocate this response to the problem of biting dogs, and neither should you.