Beatrice, NE: Second reading retains BSL

Beatrice, NE city council discussed the proposed animal ordinance revisions at their council meeting on April 4. Although there was a suggestion to remove the breed-specific language, it was NOT removed. The director of the local humane society has spoken against the breed-specific language at every previous meeting, but there appears to be little public reaction other than that.

Council will likely hold a third reading at the next council meeting (April 18). They may vote on the ordinance at that time. Residents and locals are strongly urged to contact the council and attend the next meeting to respectfully oppose the breed-specific language.

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Discussions over new animal ordinance continue

By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:00 am

The Beatrice City Council heard the second of three readings of a proposed animal ordinance Monday night.

The proposed ordinance has several key differences from the one currently in place, most notably breed-specific laws (BSLs) that would automatically qualify pit bull breeds of dogs for “potentially dangerous” pet status.

The possibility of instituting BSLs in Beatrice has meet met with mixed reactions from the public dating back to last summer when the issue was first brought up.[…]

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One response to “Beatrice, NE: Second reading retains BSL

  1. Only people who fear the breeds listed in breed specific legislation, or those who have or know someone that has been bitten or attacked by a dog, are the people who agree to BSL laws. Ihave two that go over the road with me in my truck and I have no problems with them being aggressive towards other animals or people, unless provoked, and then that person was outside of my vehicle and was begging for a handout. My dog was only protecting me aafter the man started raising his voice and swearing at me because I would not give him any money. My dogs live in a home with two declawed cats and those cats rule the roost when we are at home. It takes a responsible owner to own most of the dogs that are cited in BSL, however; it shouldn’t mean that states and cities have the right to ban the breed all together. Dogs that bite and are aggressive toward other human beings or other animals are taught to be that way and are allowed to be that way by the people that own and train them, most dogs that are pets are not raised or trained to be aggressive toward other people. I think cities and states should deal with animal agression on a case by case basis, and only if a dog has a history of being a biter, or agressive toward other dogs or animals, only then should it be punished accordingly.