Seward County, KS: Ban may be replaced with BSL

Seward County commissioners recently repealed their longstanding ban on pit bulls, but they intend to replace the ban with a new vicious dog law that could include breed-specific regulations on pit bull ownership.

The sample vicious dog law that has been provided to them is from Elkhart, IN, a breed-neutral law that passed in 2010 despite several attempts to add a pit bull ban. The sample breed-specific law has been copied from Springfield, MO. That law passed in 2006 and has been a source of controversy ever since.

Please encourage county commissioners to drop the ineffective, expensive, and unfair breed-specific proposal in favor of an effective vicious dog law that applies to all dogs and all dog owners.

County Administrator Mary Bloomer, mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org
C.J. Wettstein, cjwpheasant@hotmail.com (voted to repeal pit bull ban)
Ada J. Linenbroker, alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org (voted to keep pit bull ban)
Randy Malin, Vice Chair, basscatcher12@yahoo.com (voted to repeal pit bull ban)
Doug LaFreniere, biscuit11970@hotmail.com (voted to repeal pit bull ban)
Jim Rice, Chairman, jrice@swko.net (voted to keep pit bull ban)

Email block for cut and paste:
mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org; cjwpheasant@hotmail.com; alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org; basscatcher12@yahoo.com; biscuit11970@hotmail.com; jrice@swko.net

515 N Washington, Suite 206, Liberal, KS 67901
Ph: (620) 626-3212
Fx: (620) 626-3397

All alerts for Seward County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=seward+county

Commissioners find proposed plans on pit bulls or viscious dogs confusing

Thursday, 28 April 2011 10:32

By ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

Seward County commissioners are considering the adoption of a resolution which would regulate not only pit bulls, but also vicious dogs in general.

Earlier this month, the commission voted narrowly to repeal an ordinance banning pit bulls as a whole, and at the April 18 meeting, county counsel Dan Diepenbrock provided the board with two resolutions – one for vicious dogs and the other for the regulation of pit bulls.[…]

Diepenbrock said commissioners could adopt one or both of the laws, a suggestion commissioner Doug LaFreniere finds cumbersome.[…]

The commission will host a work session at a later date to consider what should be done with both pit bulls and vicious dogs.

Full article retrieved 4/29/11 from http://www.swdtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4545:commissioners-find-proposed-plans-on-pit-bulls-or-viscious-dogs-confusing&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40

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