Elkader, IA: Whispers of BSL

Thanks to Jodi for the heads up!

Elkader, Iowa will take a look at their animal ordinances during the next council meeting. Breed-specific language has been suggested (“pit bulls,” Rottweilers, and Akitas were named), but the council seems to have mixed feelings about it.

Please send polite, informative correspondence explaining the problems with BSL and encouraging breed-neutral changes, if any.

City Hall, 207 N. Main St., P.O. Box 427, Elkader, IA 52043
Fax: (563)245-1033

Jennifer K. Cowsert, City Administrator/Clerk, elkaderadmin@alpinecom.net

Council to look at dog ordinance

By Duane Winn, Register Editor
Posted on March 23, 2011

The Elkader City Council will be taking another look at the city ordinance governing dog ownership at its next meeting.

Councilman Darryl Koehn said Monday that a concerned citizen approached him about the matter[…]

Councilman Rob Frieden asked Koehn point blank whether he was advocating a ban on these breeds. Koehn said that the ordinance may need to be “tweaked” in order to provide greater safety for residents, either by implementing stricter leashing or kenneling requirements. Another possible strategy, Koehn said, is to require the owners of these breeds to register them with city hall.[…]

Full article retrieved 3/24/11 from http://www.claytoncountyregister.com/index.php?subaction=showfull&id=1300910832&archive=&start_from=&ucat=8

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