Saginaw has revised the current breed-specific ordinance. It is still breed-specific, and either names or describes “pit bulls,” Rottweilers, and three other breeds. The actual text will be made public tonight. An earlier report mentions that the proposed ordinance was rewritten not to specifically name breeds, but instead to describe “dangerous” traits. Such a revision could potentially be more confusing and more subjectively enforced than the previous version.
Officials are not voting on the proposal tonight, but it will be presented and discussed. Members of the public may speak at the council meeting. Please attend tonight to hear the proposal, and to voice your opposition to breed-discriminatory laws.
Committee of the Whole Meeting, April 4, 5:00 PM for presentation of the ordinance, followed by City Council Meeting, 6:30 PM.
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Officials to unveil Saginaw ‘dangerous dogs’ proposal Monday; Rottweilers, pit bulls among breeds listed
Published: Monday, April 04, 2011, 8:01 AM
By Justin L. Engel | The Saginaw News
SAGINAW — […] The council won’t vote on the proposal today. Officials say that could come at the council’s May 9 meeting.
Fitzpatrick said pit bulls and Rottweilers are two of the five designated breeds in the proposed ordinance. He declined to reveal the other breeds because council members won’t see the ordinance draft until a special 5 p.m. meeting preceding their normal 6:30 p.m. Monday gathering at City Hall, 1315 S. Washington.[…]
City Attorney Thomas H. Fancher said he would consider the latest draft “breed-specific.”[…]
The Saginaw Code Enforcement Neighborhood Improvement Cooperative, or SCENIC, would enforce both ordinances, meaning citizens likely would receive citations only when neighbors report violations, Fitzpatrick said. […]
Full article retrieved 4/4/11 from http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/04/officials_to_unveil_saginaw_da.html