Clay Alabama officials have agreed, under the advice of their attorney and under the threat of a lawsuit, to not enforce their breed ban.
An injunction and lawsuit alleging many constitutional violations was filed on July 30th. The first hearing was set for the 19th of August. This hearing has been postponed pending an agreement that was struck between the lawyers representing both sides.
In the agreement, the city of Clay has agreed to not enforce their ban and to make arrangements to meet the concerns addressed in the lawsuit. A time frame for action to be taken has been set for September 15th. A status report must be given by that date.
From the Clay agreement, “the parties are in agreement to Work cooperatively in an effort to reach a mutually satisfactory resolution to the claim involved herein.”
This means that both the city officials and attorneys will be working together to redraft the ordinance in a way that will satisfy all the parties involved.
This does not mean that the ban is repealed at this time or that the fight is over in Clay. The possibility for the lawsuit to move forward is still there, should officials not be willing to remove all breed discriminatory aspects of the ordinance.
Springville Alabama was also looking into a possible breed ban and have postponed discussions at this time. It remains to be seen what effect this will have on the situation in Springville.
We will update accordingly as the process continues or you can follow what is happening in Clay by visiting Fight BSL in Clay at http://fightbslinclay.org/home.html.