Moscow TN – BSL to be discussed for amendment

Five years ago Moscow TN passed a pit bull ordinance requiring owners to obtain $1,000,000 in liability insurance.

Somehow, local ABC affiliate channel 24 picked up the story that it was a newly proposed ordinance.  Residents have been calling the Mayor’s office since the matter was reported last week.

The Mayor says the liability amount is ‘no big deal’, that the insurance can be obtained through carriers such as State Farm.  However, local residents have checked into the need for a rider to their homeowner policies and learned that most carriers offer far less than the amount the city is requiring, capping at $100,000.

Residents attended the regularly scheduled Council meeting last evening requesting that the matter be added to the next agenda for open discussion.  It has been added so that owners and residents can express their inability to obtain liability in that amount.

Moscow Police Officer Kristopher reported that one resident said ‘in trying to complete the process she is unable to get the million dollar policy that is required; that she’s only capable of getting a $100,000 policy.   Mayor Kercheval claims that the coverage can be found and is available relatively inexpensively at just $300 per year, “That’s nothing,” says Kercheval.

Please send your polite, respectful, and informative correspondence to Mayor Gladys Kercheval:

Or contact Alderman before their next regularly scheduled meeting (meetings held the second Monday of each month – October 9th, 2012 )

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2 responses to “Moscow TN – BSL to be discussed for amendment

  1. IF you have the money to run for city office it may be nothing to shell out $300 a year but a lot of people who are responsible with their animals can’t afford it due to the economy and fixed incomes. How about having all breed ordinances which hold the owner responsible for their pet’s actions just as the law does for kids. Any dog can do a lot of damage if it bites even a little tea cup chihuahua cam leave life altering injuries.

  2. Jaymie Chittum

    BSL is very wrong! Dogs should be treated individually just like people. I have a Pit Bull and she is loving, gentle & loyal. She loves children & is very protective of them. She’s 10 years old & has never been aggressive. It’s not the breed. I’ve never met a mean Pit Bull. I have met mean dogs before. It’s time to look at the other end of the leash.