Lowell, MA: Council delays vote on BSL

Lowell, MA city council has delayed a vote on proposed BSL in order to allow their legal department to revise some of the language. I do not think the revisions will remove the breed-specific language. The proposed BSL may come back up for discussion in a couple of weeks.

Please continue to send polite, respectful correspondence to city council to discourage them from passing laws that discriminate against people based on the physical appearance of their dog.

Online contact form for the Lowell, MA city council:
http://www.lowellma.gov/contact/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

All alerts for Lowell: http://stopbsl.com/?s=lowell

City Council holds off on muzzle ordinance

By Lyle Moran, lmoran@lowellsun.com
Updated: 05/11/2011 08:15:14 AM EDT

LOWELL — […] The council delayed for two weeks voting on whether or not to forward the muzzle law to a public hearing because they wanted to give the Law Department time to include proposed revisions to the drafted ordinance.

City Councilor Franky Descoteaux, with the support of Caulfield and Elliott, wants the ordinance to require a review of the law’s effectiveness after six months to see if there are any changes that should be made to it, or if it should be scrapped.

The drafted ordinance requires all pit bulls to be muzzled when they are off their owners’ properties, but provides exemptions for dogs that have gone through a canine-training program from a facility or instructor possessing a nationally accredited certification.

Full article retrieved 5/12/11 from http://www.lowellsun.com/rss/ci_18040008

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