Update 1/21/12: I have confirmed with Councilman Vande Zande that one of the proposals he intends to introduce is a breed ban with a grandfather clause. No new “pit bulls” will be allowed. Current owners of “pit bulls” will face discriminatory restrictions such as: $300K in liability insurance, special containment requirements, muzzle in public. Vande Zande mentioned that he also plans to introduce a breed-neutral ordinance. Please correspond respectfully with all councilmembers, including Vande Zande, to express your opposition to breed-specific laws and your support for reasonable breed-neutral dog laws.
Fond du Lac Humane Society has advised that city councilman Rob Vande Zande may intend to propose a breed ban or BSL at the next city council meeting: Jan 25, 7:00 PM, Legislative Chambers, 160 South Macy Street, City-County Government Center, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin.
Item 10 on the Jan 25 council agenda is:
10. PETITIONS OR COMMUNICATIONS
Councilperson Vande Zande
Subject: Proposed Dangerous Animal Ordinances
HOWEVER, we have no further details on this issue at this time. As it is now the weekend and city offices are closed, I won’t be able to find out more directly from the city council office for several days.
If you live in or around Fond du Lac, please make every effort to attend this council meeting so that we can determine exactly what Councilman Vande Zande is proposing—and so that you can object to a breed ban or BSL if that is indeed what is discussed.
You may also contact city council and express your opposition to breed-discriminatory laws. Please do so RESPECTFULLY, as we do not know exactly what is being proposed, nor where the rest of the council stands on the issue.
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Many thanks to Cindi at Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals for passing this on to us!