The Council in Osawatomie Kansas has voted to repeal their breed ban after a resident brought the issue to them earlier this year. The resident was targeted under the ban while walking her boxer mix. Unwilling to part with her dog permanently, the resident moved the dog out of the city limits and took the issue to the City Council.
After the issue of the ban was brought forward, a task force was formed to study the current ordinance to see what changes were needed and ultimately came back with several recommendations. A repeal of the ban, anti-tethering, stronger anti-cruelty provisions and a clearer set of provisions for dealing with dangerous dogs are all part of the changes to the law.
Local animal experts made suggestions when the ordinance changes where initially brought to the Council. Offering solutions in conjunction with criticism is an extremely powerful way to engage law makers and participate in the civic process for the betterment of the community.
The clarity of the new ordinance makes it much more enforceable. This will result in a better targeting of owners who are not operating proper care and control of their dogs in the community. At the same time, it will allow those who operate reasonably in the community full access to their personal rights.
The full ordinance can be viewed here. It is a long read but very comprehensive and would be a good reference to have for people whose communities are considering changes to their dog laws.