Bloomer WI was approached by a resident to remove their pit bull ban earlier this year.
In 2012, Bloomer amended the ban to allow dogs that were adopted from the local humane society. Those dogs had to be “approved” by a veterinarian.
The city council gave final approval to remove the ban at their last meeting, but “pit bulls” are still restricted. Owners of restricted dogs must have a statement from a vet stating the dog has a good temperament, a special registration and a photo on file with the police department, insurance and must be on leash at all times and muzzled when off the owner’s property.
Officials stated that they did the partial repeal to allow people to own their pets but to continue to “protect the community.”
While this is a step in the right direction, it would have been better from a public safety stand point to repeal all breed based restrictions, and tighten up the breed neutral portion of the law to allow for more nuanced designations of problem dogs and owners.
This is the next step in Bloomers trend of repealing their breed discriminatory law and we look forward to the day that all dogs are held to the same standard and reckless owners are called to task for the mismanagement of their dogs in the community.