Jasper, AL: Committee to make dog law recommendation; BSL possible

Thanks to Jodi for this alert!

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City officials in Jasper, Alabama have been going back and forth with an animal control ordinance over the past few months. The issue initially came up in May when the mayor proposed a breed ban that would include “pit bulls,” dobermans, rottweilers, chow chows, including mixes of and/or dogs that have the appearance of these breeds. The mayor eventually advised the city would not pursue a breed specific ordinance in June, and a committee was later formed to study vicious dog ordinances.

It appears now that a breed specific ordinance is still a potential option in Jasper as the committee recently heard from a city councilman of nearby Fayette, AL regarding the “success” of his city’s pit bull ban. It is not clear whether any potential ordinance would regulate the ownership of several breeds as initially planned, or if the target of a new ordinance would be specific to “pit bulls.”

A recommendation from the committee is expected to be received at tonight’s city council meeting. All council meetings are held at the Jasper City Hall Council Chambers, 400 West 19 th Street, Jasper, AL.

Accordingly, please take the opportunity this morning to send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to any type of breed specific ordinance in Jasper, and encourage city officials to pursue a breed-neutral vicious dog ordinance.

Contact info for mayor and city council:
Mailing Address:
City of Jasper, Alabama, P. O. Box 1589, Jasper, Alabama 35502-1589
Street Address:
Jasper City Hall, 400 West 19th Street, Jasper, Alabama 35501
Phone: 205-221-2100
Mayor, sposey@jaspercity.com
City Hall, cityhall@jaspercity.com
*Individual e-mail addresses are not available for the council members. Correspondence can be sent to the City Hall e-mali address with a polite request to forward to each city council member.

Committee hears of Fayette pitbull ban

by Daniel Gaddy Daily Mountain Eagle

A group assigned to study vicious dog ordinances for Jasper recently heard about legislation passed in Fayette that prohibits any new pit bulls within the city.

Mike Hardin, a Fayette City Council member, told the committee he is not a lobbyist for pit bull bans, but said the leadership in his city is satisfied with the ordinance they passed in 2009.[…]

[Jasper Mayor] Posey said he and the council look forward to receiving a recommendation from the committee, which he expects will be given during the council’s meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Full story retrieved 8/2/11 from: http://www.mountaineagle.com/view/full_story/14900713/article-Committee-hears-of-Fayette-pitbull-ban?instance=homesecondleft

One response to “Jasper, AL: Committee to make dog law recommendation; BSL possible

  1. Being from Jasper, Al, this doesn’t surprise me at all. In Fayette, previous owners of pitbulls are grandfathered in, but must be registered and carry $100,000. of liability on the animal. It wasnt that long ago, there was a big stink there about the Director of the local Humane Society putting down a young dog found by an elderly couple within hrs of arrival without giving owners time to locate the lost dog.