Edit 2/24/11: Friday Harbor voted against BSL in a close vote of 3-2.
Thanks, Jodi! This BSL alert has gone from a “whisper” to a reality.
The town council of Friday Harbor, Washington will be discussing revisions to its animal control ordinance in a work session Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 5:30 PM in Council Chambers located at 60 Second Street in Friday Harbor.
According to Town Attorney Adina Cunningham’s February 11, 2010 memo to town officials, the discussion will likely include breed specific language that could target several breeds of dogs (as per the request of the council).
The public is welcome to attend and speak at the meeting during the designated public access time. Speakers are asked to provide their name and address for the record. Comments should be limited to three minutes per individual and five minutes if representing a group.
It should be noted that Friday Harbor DOES NOT have an animal control officer.
If you are in or near the Friday Harbor, Washington area, please make every effort to attend the town meeting tomorrow afternoon. Please politely and respectfully remind the town council of the many problems associated with breed specific ordinances, in addition to the town’s lack of anyone to enforce such a discriminatory ordinance.
Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys, www.blessthebullys.com
All alerts for Friday Harbor: http://stopbsl.com/?s=friday+harbor
Contact info for Friday Harbor officials: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amy Taylor, Town Clerk, 360-378-2810, email@example.com
Note that the “pit bull” ban imposed by the city of Yakima, WA, is cited as a model ordinance by the Friday Harbor city attorney. Read more about the “effectiveness” of the Yakima breed ban here (and note that Yakima has an animal control officer–Friday Harbor does not): http://stopbsl.com/2009/08/15/yakima-wa-is-pit-bull-ban-working/