Preston, ID: Council to consider BSL repeal, July 18

After a request by a resident, Preston city council will consider repeal of long-standing BSL. The police chief and the city attorney have researched the issue of BSL and intend to make a recommendation during the council meeting on July 18. At this time, we do not know what the recommendation will be.

Preston currently includes in its definition of “vicious animal”: “any pit bull terrier, defined as any Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identified as partially of the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier by a qualified veterinarian duly licensed as such by the state.” Various restrictions are placed on the ownership of vicious animals.

Contact info for Preston
City Of Preston, 70 West Oneida, Preston, ID 83263
Phone: (208) 852-1817
Fax: (208) 852-1820
Mayor and Council
F. Lee Hendrickson, Mayor,
Saundra Hubbard, Council President,
Neal P. Larson,
Travis M. Kunz,
Todd D. Thomas,

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Dog in exile: Ordinance forces Preston family to keep pit bull out of town

Posted: Sunday, July 17, 2011 11:49 am
By Devin Felix

[…] The council plans to consider the issue at its meeting Monday, and the Tolmans hope the members will vote to remove the portion of the law that singles out pit bulls.[…]

Tolman approached the City Council at its June 20 meeting to ask for an exemption to the ordinance, presenting letters from the dog’s veterinarian and several others who are familiar with the dog vouching for his non-aggressive demeanor. The council denied the exemption but asked city attorney Clyde Nelson and Chief Sparrow to research the issue of breed-specific restrictions and make a recommendation on whether the ordinance should be changed.

Council member Travis Kunz said he sympathizes with the Tolman family, but he couldn’t say whether the council would be willing to change the ordinance. Kunz said he began researching the issue after Tolman approached the council and found that pit bulls have a long reputation of aggression. He said he is concerned that granting an exemption for the Tolmans or changing the ordinance might lead to the city being held liable if Toby or another pit bull were to attack someone. […]

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One response to “Preston, ID: Council to consider BSL repeal, July 18

  1. This is the biggest load of crap I have ever !! It has been proven dogs are rarely aggressive unless they are oter wise raised or trained to be. I have a 2 year old pit bull she has never once shown aggression to any dog or human. Any breed of dogs will have a few that can be aggressive. But if you bane one breed might as well bane all because huskys and lab and even Akitas have been known to be aggressive. So unless there is a history if aggression in the dog. You should not have to kill it because someone is scared of a type of dog.