Ionia, MI: Breed ban rejected

Ionia, MI, city council voted against a proposed breed ban by 5-3. It’s not a totally done deal, as some council members suggested they may look at BSL again in the future.

We hope that residents will take note of who voted for and against the breed ban, and take that into consideration during the next election.
For breed ban: Tom Millard, Mayor Dan Balice, Deputy Mayor Kim Patrick
Against breed ban: Gordon Kelley, Jeff Winters, John Milewski, Brenda Cowling-Cronk, Matt Johnson

Pit bull ban fails in Ionia: council members vote 5-3 against proposed animal ordinance

By Jon Szerlag, The Ionia Sentinel-Standard
Posted Jan 03, 2012 @ 11:56 PM

IONIA, Mich. — An animal ordinance to phase out pit bulls within the city limits of Ionia failed with a 5-3 vote at the Ionia city council’s Tuesday meeting. […]

With the ordinance failing upon the second reading, Ionia City Manager Jason Eppler explained that the ordinance will be revised to remove all items regarding the phasing out of pit bulls and be brought back at the February meeting. […]

At the end of the meeting, council members stated that they will look at ways to ensure the public’s safety, have that be looking at a later date of dangerous breeds, or increasing fines for individuals who do not follow current laws, like the leash law.

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