Gardner, KS: “Pit bull” ban proposed

The article below is worth reading in its entirety for a better understanding of the situation in Gardner. The city repealed their “pit bull” ban in 2007 after officials raised a number of concerns about the ineffectiveness of the ban, including difficulties with enforcement, unexpected expenses, problems with breed identification, intentional breed misidentification by the public, and more.

Councilmember Larry Fotovich has requested that the breed ban be reinstated in Gardner. At this time, it does not appear that the other councilmembers are supportive of a ban. Please remain polite and courteous in your correspondence to educate and encourage the councilmembers to vote against a breed ban.

The council intends to place the proposal on the agenda for a vote during the September 5 council meeting, at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 120 East Main Street, Gardner, Kansas.

David Drovetta, Mayor,
Kristy Harrison,
Brian Broxterman,
Larry Fotovich,
Chris Morrow,
Dennis Pugh,

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Councilmember Fotovich requested that a change to the City Code that would ban “Pit Bulls.” The City of Gardner had a pit bull ban in the past, but moved to the “Vicious” animal ban in 2007.[…]

Following extensive discussion on the issue, it was determined that a proposal to ban pit bulls would be placed upon an upcoming agenda. The ordinance change will probably appear on the September 5th agenda. Items discussed in a work session and placed on the agenda typically have the consensus support of the Council. In this case, however, it appears that the Council has placed the proposed change on the agenda in order to take a formal vote on the issue. Based upon questions and statements made during the discussion, a majority will most likely vote against the proposal.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/10/11 from

Many thanks to Jo for this alert!

3 responses to “Gardner, KS: “Pit bull” ban proposed

  1. Please do not ban a whole breed due to incompetent owners. As the owner of a pit I must say he is the most cuddly dog I have ever owned (and theres been many) I also am an active weekly volunteer here at our local animal shelter. You know as well as I do, you can take a sweet dog and beat it till its mean…people are the problem bottom line. Prosecute these people who should have never owned a dog in the first place. As a dog owner a pit isn’t for everyone, neither are a lot of other dogs. But with the right training, love and care these dogs are the same as any others. There are at least 15 types of dogs that get stereo typed as pits!!! That’s racial profiling, it hasn’t ever worked in the past and it wont work now. You ban pits, your drug dealers and fighters will use rotts or shepards and so on. You cant ban everything beside poodles. Please take a step in the right direction and blame this on the humans they deserve it. A dog is a dog they learn wrong and right from people..some one should be teaching them! not death by ignorance….. Thanks for your time do the right thing!

  2. The Gardner Council voted 3-2 to retain the behavior based ordinance. there are no breed restriciton in Gardner.