Saginaw, MI reminder: Council to discuss BSL, April 18

Update 4/19/11: Saginaw council has delayed the vote on the ordinance in order to revise some language regarding leashes. The issue will be taken up again next month.

Saginaw city council will introduce proposed BSL at the April 18 council meeting. The proposed BSL would restrict ownership of five breeds. According to the badly written ordinance, the five breeds to be restricted are to be determined annually by an unknown entity using a vague and poorly defined data set. This year’s “top five breed list” consists of “pit bull” (not a breed), Bull Mastiff / Presa Canario (two different breeds counted as one), Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Alaskan Malamute, and all mixed breed dogs that resemble one of these breeds.

Residents may comment during the city council meeting, and are encouraged to do so. The council meeting takes place on April 18, 6:30 PM, in City Council Chambers, City Hall. If you wish to speak at the council meeting, please fill out and email this form by 1 PM on April 18.

City of Saginaw City Hall, 1315 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: (989) 759-1400
Fax: (989) 759-1607

Mayor Greg Branch,
Amos O’Neal,
Dennis Browning,
Dan Fitzpatrick, or
Larry Coulouris,
Amanda Kitterman-Miller,
Dr. William “Bill” Scharffe,
Paul Virciglio,
Andrew Wendt,

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4 responses to “Saginaw, MI reminder: Council to discuss BSL, April 18

  1. Laura Wright

    another case of animal rascism! this is so ridiculous!

  2. Ken Christensen

    To Whom It May Concern About BSL Laws:

    It amazes me how ignorant the human species can be. This is no less then genocide, period. A dog is a dog, no less and no more. They are not aggressive by nature, only by guidance and training are they put down that path. So is it the species fault or the humans? Stop putting the blame on GOD’s creatures and take responsibility for our own actions. Prosecute the guilty humans, and protect and defend the animals. I own five AmStaffs and one rescue. In my 46 years on this earth and having experience with many different breeds, the American Staffordshire Terrier is the most loving, loyal, and forgiving breed there is. They have done nothing but serve us in what ever we ask of them, i.e. farm help, protection, search and rescue, police dogs, service dogs, used in wars to help our soldiers. They were used in rodeos to distract the bulls when the riders fell, which is the job the clowns do now. Do you even know where the term “pit bull” comes from? It does not come from fighting them. Years ago when the ranchers needs to work on a 900lbs+ bull, they called on this breed for help. The ring in the bull’s nose goes through a nerve. It would take up to three of these dogs to grab the ring and pull the bull down. The nerve would allow the ranchers to work on the bulls without fear of getting harmed. Years ago when you sent your son to the store to buy what the farm did not produce, it was these dogs dragging back the bought products on a burlap sack back to the farm. That is why there are what’s known as “pull dogs” competitions. We no longer use them on farms since the early 1900’s, so the pulling sport was created. Their jaws do not lock. There are no dogs that have locking jaws. Tell a vet that you had your AmStaff jaws worked on so they don’t lock and the vet will laugh you out of the office. Their ears and tails are cropped for farm use, not just for fighting. So since we no longer use them as much as we used to, let’s just throw them away like toilet paper. They are as much a part of this county as apple pie and baseball. If it was not for their service to us humans, we would not be where we are today. I cannot tell you how many people I have educated on this breed. I own a tow truck and my AmStaff rides next to me everyday all day. She will kill you alright, but you better bring a towel to dry yourself off. The most dangerous thing on her or any of my AmStaff’s is their tongue. They will lick you to death with love and that is it, period. I see more aggression on other breeds, of most that are the small dogs. Three (3) percent of all dogs bites reported are “Pitts”. Eighty (80) percent of the three (3) percent are “mixed breed”, not pure bred “Pitts”. Of which the public is miss informed, as usual. A pure bred AmStaff is a very stable dog. It is the mixed breeds that are unstable. Passing any law to discriminate a particular breed of dog is not only unfair it is flat out discrimination, bigotry, racist, in humane and cruel. The bottom line is this is genocide, murder of an animal that cannot speak out in defense of themselves. Thank GOD there are intelligent people out there that understand and know the real truth about “Pitts”. The true name for these wonderful dogs is American Staffordshire Terriers, and the only reason I use the term “pitt” is that is the only way people know them as. People that call them “Pitts” are using a derogatory name that is very disrespectful to the breed. Any BSL laws are wrong, period. Please do some actual research and get a true understanding of these dogs before you judge them or sentence them to death. I know myself and many other AmStaff owners will not roll over and let this happen without a fight. I will protect my family at any cost. Get the picture?

    Thank you for your time and listening to my input on this matter.

    Mr. Ken Christensen, Akira, Buster, Diesel, Latifah, Kalena, Gloria

  3. Zbyszek Grabinski

    It is an do not understand people who do not know the breeds of dogs. American Stafford Terrier, never, never a Pit Bull. This is a legally registered breed by the International Kennel Club, how it might be a pit bull? Likewise, English Stafford Terrier will never be the Pit Bull. in the pedigree dog AST writes clearly, and not a pit bull.

  4. So much injustice and contempt which she receives this breed of dogs from a man like no other in the world. I do not know for what? Three breeds of dogs are not rightly called a Pit Bull. Attack of the mixture, which only has ears and a tail like a pit bull, is attributed to this breed. Media scare people and heat up the atmosphere. A statistics and facts say something completely different. These bull dogs must include protection against the human race, so I will not change and sentences. Zbyszek