Pottsville, PA: Council to consider BSL, July 11

Pennsylvania state law does not permit municipalities to pass breed-specific laws. The council intends to discuss this issue further during their council meeting on Monday, July 11, at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 2nd Floor, 401 North Centre Street, Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Send an email to the entire city council: citycouncil@city.pottsville.pa.us

In light of recent pit bull attacks, Pottsville considers dog law changes


The recent rash of pit bull attacks – there have been three in Pottsville in the past two weeks – has encouraged city officials to improve its dog laws, City Administrator Thomas A. Palamar said Tuesday.

While city code addresses issues including “animal bites” and “vicious and destructive animals,” Palamar said the city is looking into the possibility of developing a special section related to certain breeds.[…]

“A lot of states do have breed-specific ordinances in place which require you to register certain breeds of dogs. They are quite controversial. We have a lot of questions,” Palamar said.

These questions involve which breeds of dogs are considered pit bulls, he said.[…]

Full article retrieved 7/6/11 from http://republicanherald.com/news/in-light-of-recent-pit-bull-attacks-pottsville-considers-dog-law-changes-1.1171626

4 responses to “Pottsville, PA: Council to consider BSL, July 11

  1. Celticfrogyseker

    It is not the dogs that are dangerous, but the irresponsible owners! Make training mandatory by certified trainers and make abuse a FELONY! Punish the DEED not the BREED.

  2. As a Schuykill County native who now lives in Ontario, Canada, I can tell you that Breed Specific Language in your animal control legislation will not work to keep people safe. Our Dog Owners Liability Act of 2005 has not reduced dog attacks at all in the last 6 years. The main reason for this is that the focus is on the dog, specifically the breed(s) considered to be pit bulls. There seems to be no effort to target irresponsible or careless owners of other breeds, even when those dogs (including golden retrievers, labs, spaniels, shih tzus and others) bite or attack. In the meantime, figures from the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association seem to indicate that over 5,000 so-called pit bulls have been seized from their owners and killed, even when they have not exhibited any aggression. Please do not focus on the breed, any breed, if you are going to re-examine your legislation and by-laws. Do the right thing, and target the owners, no matter what breed, who allow their dogs to exhibit anti-social behavior. Read current information about this topic at http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/

  3. This is ridiculous my dogs are very well behaved they love everyone they meet, and now they are going to make the owners who have good well behaved pit bulls suffer because, these owners were irresponsible. BLAME THEM and make laws AGAINST THOSE OWNERS who suck and now are going to cause us all to suffer. BLAME the people who are not containing there dogs properly, they are breaking the laws not the dogs. Leash laws are in place for a reason, so why doesn’t that actually be enforced. I hate even walking my dogs because people suck at containing there dogs, containment is the problem that should be addressed! Not the dog, the dog is simply a dog that is molded into what you make it. I am enraged, ps Pit Bulls are not the only problem, your dear little golden retrievers have a high bite rate but nothings ever done about that. Shouldn’t you as a suburbs of philly put your efforts toward something alittle bit more important such as the murders and drive bys that happen on a daily basis.

  4. I agree with you that it is the owners not the dogs that should be punished, and that it is ridiculous to try to have an ordinance against one particular breed of dog, but a suburb of Philly… are you kidding me?? We don’t have murders and drive-bys on a regular. I don’t think a 1 1/2 hr drive constitutes a suburb.