Residents and locals of Wentzville, MO, have been asking city council to repeal BSL. Although the animal ordinance revisions are not yet finalized or ready for the public, the news article below suggests that Wentzville officials may not be considering a repeal after all. Instead, they may add more breeds to the list, and increase ownership requirements.
Before you berate council, please understand that the news media has gotten things wrong before—and this news report is quite different from what we’ve been hearing from Wentzville so far. Let’s give council the benefit of the doubt and see what official revisions they bring forward.
The article also says that a new draft of the dog ordinance should be ready for public view at the December 14 council meeting. It’s possible that that date is also incorrect; we have also heard it may not be ready until January. StopBSL will do our best to keep you updated.
In the meantime, please continue to send positive, respectful, helpful correspondence to Wentzville city aldermen. Encourage them to repeal their breed-discriminatory ordinance and ask them to apply their laws to all dog owners equally, regardless of a dog’s appearance.
Wentzville City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, MO 63385
Online contact forms for aldermen: http://www.wentzvillemo.org/mayor-and-alderman.aspx
Pitbull Ordinance Getting Major Overhaul In Wentzville
9:05 p.m. CST, December 7, 2011
The board of alderman in Wentzville is debating how they plan to handle the possibility of a new pit bull ordinance.[…]
Expanding the breeds, micro chipping and stronger penalties are part of the plan. […]
A new draft of the ordinance based on Wednesday’s discussion will be brought before the board of aldermen at their next meeting set for December 14th.
Full article retrieved 12/8/11 from http://www.fox2now.com/news/ktvi-pitbull-ordinance-getting-major-overhaul-in-wentzville-20111207,0,1290944.story
All alerts for Wentzville: http://stopbsl.com/?s=wentzville
So far, only 2 of the 6 council members have been quoted in the news media, and both have been very much in favor or repealing their current law. While I suppose the other 4 could be ganging up against them, I like your note of patience on this one because this could be news media stiring ups something. I’m quietly optimistic.
Thanks, Brent! I’ve seen several cases recently where reporters are just plain confused about what’s going on. On the other hand, in the past I’ve seen city officials intentionally obfuscate the issue. Hopefully the truth will be clear when the revisions come out and we can see for ourselves what the deal is. I’m also optimistic!