DeKalb County, GA: County moves forward with BSL repeal

It’s taken nearly a year, but DeKalb County is finally moving forward with plans to repeal the breed-specific language in their county zoning ordinance.

A previous alert, and a more thorough explanation of the current ordinance in DeKalb County, can be found here: http://stopbsl.com/2011/07/21/dekalb-county-ga-opportunity-to-repeal-breed-ban/

Residents and locals, please write the county commissioners and THANK them for making a smart decision. The old zoning ordinance was confusing, unnecessary, and particularly deadly for shelter dogs. Please show your support for removal of the breed-specific language.

Contact information for county commissioners
Board of Commissioners, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur, GA 30030
Fax: 404-371-7004
ecboyer@dekalbcountyga.gov; jrader@dekalbcountyga.gov; larryjohnson@dekalbcountyga.gov; sbsutton@dekalbcountyga.gov; lmay@dekalbcountyga.gov; kgannon@dekalbcountyga.gov; stanwatson@dekalbcountyga.gov

This issue will be on the commissioners’ agenda for May 8 at 9:00 am in the Maloof Auditorium at 1300 Commerce Drive.

‘Pit bull’ may be removed from county ordinance

Written By: Andrew Cauthen
4/26/12

[…] Marian Eisenberg, zoning administrator, told commissioners April 10 that the intent of the amendment is to remove “pit bulls” from the county’s definition of [what is not a] household pet in the county’s ordinance. […]

“The text does not specifically state that you may not own a pit bull; it simply states that a pit bull by definition is not considered a household pet,” Eisenberg said. […]

Because ‘pit bull’ is not a recognized breed, “it is not a breed that has a legal definition,” said Burke Brennan, the county’s chief communications officer. […]

The ordinance has “caused a lot of misunderstanding and disadvantages to owners of dogs,” Cornell said. “It became more of an obstruction than anything helpful. It didn’t mean anything.” […]

The proposed text amendment is expected to be on the May 8 agenda for the Board of Commissioners.

Full article retrieved 4/29/12 from http://championnewspaper.com/news/articles/1647%E2%80%98pit-bull%E2%80%99-may-be-removed-from-county-ordinance-1647.html

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One response to “DeKalb County, GA: County moves forward with BSL repeal

  1. SO IT SHOULD BE,THEY ARE NO MORE DANGEROUS THAN ANY OTHER BREED OF DOG.. ANY DOG IN THE WRONG HANDS CAN BE DANGEROUS AND ACTUALLY,THAT IS ALL MAN INDUCED… SO SORT THE MAN OUT NOT THE BREED…..