Three cities within Pope County, Arkansas are considering breed discriminatory legislation. Proponents have been strong fighting for BDL, and it is only by reaching out to officials and actually attending the meetings that breed discriminatory legislation will be defeated. Proponents are using the fact that Russellville, the county seat has a breed specific ordinance, and using that as precedent.
Of note is the fact that there have been no incidents, nor is there any bite data in any of these three cities that regulation is needed. They are using the same justification that Boston used for targeting pit bulls, saying that there is an “increase in criminals using vicious dogs, especially pit bulls to guard drug houses.” Of course, this is not a real reason to pass such a law. It is a smokescreen and playing on the fear of the public of crime in general. We need safer communities for everyone from all dangerous dogs, not a specific breed. The meetings and contacts are listed in the chronological order of upcoming meetings. Pottsville’s meeting is tomorrow! Dover’s meeting is this Tuesday!
The Pottsville ordinance was previously tabled, but will be reconsidered on Monday, September 30, 2013.
City of Pottsville, Arkansas
173 E. Ash Street
Pottsville, AR 72858
Phone: (479) 968-3029
The third and final reading for the ordinance targeting pit bulls takes place October 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm.
Mayor Patrick Johnson
The second reading of the pit bull ordinance with be held on October 7, 2013 at 7:00 pm.
Mayor Carolyn McGee