Overland, MO, has passed a ban on “pit bulls.” The ban will go into effect in January 2012.
It is unclear how this ban came about. Overland’s old animal ordinance specifically prohibited dogs from being declared dangerous based solely on breed. With the passage of the new ordinance, the city has made an abrupt 180 degree turn. According to the only news article I could find about this, “Officials say this ban is not a result of any particular incident, but rather is the city being proactive based on what other cities across the country have adopted concerning pit bull laws.”
There has been no media coverage, and StopBSL received no advance notification that Overland was considering a breed ban, so it’s unclear how much publicity the animal ordinance revisions actually got. The agendas and minutes on Overland’s city website are not kept current, so at this time, I do not know when the council met on this issue, what was discussed, or what the new animal ordinance looks like.
Thanks to Mike for sending me the news article, which is all of 4 sentences long and can be read here: http://www.kmov.com/news/local/Dog-breed-to-be-banned-in-Overland-130456223.html
The City Council shall hold regular meetings on the second (2nd) and fourth
(4th) Mondays of each month with the exception of the months of July, August and December wherein there shall be one (1) meeting per month held on the second (2nd) Monday of the month. Next council meeting: September 26. Although it sounds like this is a done deal, residents and locals who were unaware that this dialogue was taking place may wish to voice their opinions during the council meeting.
You may voice your disappointment to city officials with this contact info:
City Hall, 9119 Lackland Road, Overland, MO 63114
Fax (314) 428-3515
Directory (phone and email) for mayor and council: http://overlandmo.org/Directory.aspx?did=7