The Malden, MA, Ordinance Committee unanimously approved and recommended to council an ordinance that would define all “pit bulls” as “dangerous dogs.” This would subject owners of dogs that look like “pit bulls” to various restrictions.
The proposal can be read here: Malden, MA Proposed BSL 3-26-12
Malden city council decided to delay any decisions on the proposal until the council meeting on April 3, so as to give people the opportunity to speak up about the proposal.
Residents and locals, you must speak up to stop Malden from passing BSL! Please respectfully ask Malden city officials not to pass an ordinance that discriminates against people based on what their dog looks like.
Contact info for Malden, MA city officials
200 Pleasant Street, Room 609, Malden, MA 02148
Telephone: (781) 397-7130
Fax: (781) 397-7004
All alerts for Malden: http://stopbsl.com/?s=malden
Councilors Muzzle Pit Bull Ordinance, For Now
By Chris Caesar
March 28, 2012
[…] Councilor Jim Nestor, who chairs the ordinance committee, said the committee’s approval, came after “lengthy discussions,” which included the city’s animal control officer Kevin Alkins.
Councilor Barbara Murphy made a motion to table the proposal, and said she’d prefer councilors do more research before making the controversial move.[…]
“There have been ample times for people to show up at meetings – we didn’t try to hide this,” Councilor Neil Kinnon, who has strongly advocated for the change, said. […]
Councilor John Matheson said […] “I don’t think there’s particularly a lot of dog owners on the council – let’s let the people weigh in on this issue.”
Councilor Craig Spadafora said he thought having a robust discussion about the issue was important, but said he was concerned tabling the proposal could postpone it indefinitely. […]
Full article retrieved 3/29/12 from http://malden.patch.com/articles/councilors-muzzle-pit-bull-ordinance-for-now