Schenectady, NY: Council discusses dog problems

A couple of city councilmembers in Schenectady, New York, apparently think that BSL is the most reasonable option to resolve their dog problems. There’s only one problem—state law doesn’t allow them to enact BSL.

There are a number of breed-neutral options on the table for council to consider. Residents and locals may wish to participate in this discussion and offer additional breed-neutral options for the council’s consideration. From the public comments made by two of the councilmembers (in article below), it seems that some gentle education about stereotypes and discrimination are in order as well.

Next city council committee meeting: September 19, 5:30 PM, Room 110, City Hall, 105 Jay Street, Schenectady, New York 12305.
Next city council full meeting: September 26, 7:00 PM, Room 209, City Hall, 105 Jay Street, Schenectady, New York 12305.
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Council mulls pit bull issue

Schenectady officials discuss attacks and consider what to do

Updated 07:08 a.m., Wednesday, September 7, 2011

SCHENECTADY — City Council members at their Tuesday night meeting discussed two recent pit bull attacks and came to one conclusion — they don’t know what tack to take to eliminate dangerous dogs roaming city streets. […]

“People keep saying ‘poor little bit bull,'” said City Councilman Joe Allen. “I’ve never seen a nice pit bull in my life. They’re scary.” And their owners …”are even scarier,” City Councilwoman Denise Brucker said, completing Allen’s sentence. […]

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One response to “Schenectady, NY: Council discusses dog problems

  1. I did send a copy of my letter to the Reporter who wrote the article and to the leadership of the City. I am still working on honing the letter. My husband says to write it from the first person, like a fiction short story (really short!) Let’s see where I get with that. :-) The reporter’s follow up article was equally clueless BTW but that was before she got my letter. She hasn’t written anything since. They removed all comments from the story online.