Lowell, MA: BSL back on the table

In December 2008, Lowell council considered an ordinance that would have placed discriminatory restrictions on “pit bull” owners. The ordinance was pushed by then-mayor (now councilor) Edward Caulfield, but council support waned after considerable public outcry and extensive testimony against it. By June 2009, the proposed BSL was tabled. The ordinance that passed in 2009 was breed-neutral. Read Lowell’s previous BSL alerts: http://stopbsl.com/?s=lowell

Two years later, the council is considering BSL again. At least two councilors and the mayor have publicly voiced their support for BSL. Please contact the Lowell council and respectfully explain why BSL does not work and is not a good option.

Online contact form for the Lowell, MA city council:
Richard Johnson, City Clerk, 375 Merrimack Street, 1st Floor, Room 31, Lowell, MA 01852
(978) 970-4161, voice
(978) 970-4162, fax
Council meeting minutes and agendas: http://www.lowellma.gov/govt
Public Safety Sub-Committee
Councilor Edward “Bud” Caulfield, Chair (supports BSL)
Councilor Rodney Elliott, Member (supports BSL)
Councilor Franky Descoteaux, Member

City Council may put bite into dog law

By Lyle Moran, lmoran@lowellsun.com
Updated: 04/20/2011 06:41:29 AM EDT

LOWELL — […] Councilors are expected to discuss enacting an ordinance that would require pit bulls in the city to be muzzled at all times, a requirement already in place in Lynn, Worcester and Boston.[…]

City Councilor Rodney Elliott has called for pit bulls to be muzzled at all times because he believes it would improve public safety in the city by preventing more incidents like the half-dozen or more pit-bull attacks that have taken place in Lowell within the last year.[…]

City Councilor Edward “Bud” Caulfield said he has long been a supporter of tough restrictions on pit bulls and was a strong advocate for the dangerous-dog ordinance adopted in December 2009. He plans to schedule a meeting of the council’s public-safety subcommittee in the coming weeks to discuss revisions to the ordinance because he does not want to see any more incidents involving the dogs.[…]

[Mayor James] Milinazzo, a member of the city’s Animal Advisory Committee, said the public-safety committee should look closely at Worcester’s new “Responsible Pit Bull Ownership Ordinance.”[…]

Read more: http://www.lowellsun.com/todaysheadlines/ci_17889976#ixzz1KAHKxl2e

Thanks to Jodi for the heads up!

One response to “Lowell, MA: BSL back on the table

  1. 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 needed 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