On June 14, Lowell, MA city council will hold a public hearing on a proposed breed-specific ordinance. They may vote on the ordinance at the same time. The council members are not unified in their support; the vote on the ordinance is expected to be very close. Locals are encouraged to communicate politely and respectfully with the council, to ask them to vote against the breed-specific law that has failed in Boston and nearby communities.
The public hearing takes place on June 14 at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 2nd Floor, Council Chambers, 375 Merrimack St., Lowell, MA.
Councilmembers’ stances on the proposed ordinance
Mayor James L. Milinazzo – supports with the training exemption
Vice Mayor Kevin P. Broderick – unknown
Councilor Edward C. Caulfield – does not support; wants stronger restrictions
Councilor Franky D. Descoteaux – supports with the training exemption
Councilor Rodney M. Elliott – proposed the BSL; supports
Councilor William F. Martin Jr. – unknown
Councilor Joseph M. Mendonça – supports with the training exemption
Councilor Rita M. Mercier – does not support; calls it discriminatory
Councilor Patrick O. Murphy – unknown
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
All alerts for Lowell: http://stopbsl.com/?s=lowell
Lowell City Council to bring pit-bull muzzle law to public hearing
By Lyle Moran, firstname.lastname@example.org
Updated: 05/25/2011 11:04:15 AM EDT
LOWELL — After months of debate, the City Council voted last night to forward to a public hearing a pit-bull muzzle law that provides exemptions for dogs that go through training programs.[…]
The ordinance requires that all pit bulls that don’t go through certified training programs must be on a leash and wearing a muzzle when not on their owner’s property. Pit bulls also do not have to wear a muzzle when off their owner’s property if they are in a secure enclosure, such as a dog crate.
A pit bull is defined as any dog that is an American pit-bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier or any dog of mixed breed displaying the majority of physical traits of any of the above breeds.[…]
The ordinance also requires that all pit bulls be spayed or neutered to reduce their aggressiveness, and does not let anyone in the city own more than two pit bulls.
Animal-control officers would be required to provide monthly reports about the implementation of the ordinance, and the council would review the effectiveness of the law every six months.[…]
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