After 10 months of discussion Schuyler Nebraska has finalized and passed their new ordinance relating to dangerous dogs. They have gone breed specific.
The targeted breeds are Pit bull terrier, Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, American Bandogge.
When asked about the ordinance in a news article in the Schuyler Sun, City Attorney Dick Seckman said “We are not banning specific breeds; we’re saying that there are certain breeds that are going to require additional protections (for the public), such as pit bulls and other vicious dogs…Those protections will include the animal being confined in a securely fenced yard, under the control of a person 19 years of age or older, the animal must be restrained by a harness and leash no longer than 6 feet and properly muzzled to prevent biting.”
He was also quoted saying “Some communities outlaw the pit bull and other vicious dogs, but we chose not to do that…We chose to regulate the conduct rather than the breed.”
Breed specific ordinances are never about conduct. They are about the appearance of an animal. The ordinance would have more than adequately protected the community without the breed discriminatory language.