Garden City officials have been considering a repeal of their long-standing breed discriminatory restrictions since late 2013.
At last nights meeting officials were set to hear a proposal to repeal their breed discriminatory law that targeted “American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier, or any mixed animal that appears to be predominantly one of those breeds.”
Officials voted to repeal the old breed discriminatory law at this meeting.
Under the old law, those previously mentioned breeds were considered to be vicious by default. Owners of targeted breeds had to abide by the restrictions set out for dogs that had previously attacked, even though they had done nothing wrong in the community. This included muzzling, confinement requirements and posted sign as well as a handful of other restrictions often seen in these laws.
A local attorney had asked the commission to consider repealing the law back in December of 2013. As a result of last nights vote, all dogs will be targeted based on their behavior instead of their appearance.
The city attorney had immediately expressed support for repealing when the issue was raised, and had stated that he had the conversation with other officials about a repeal before.
Congratulations to those in Garden City. This was truly a grassroots effort, with presentations by concerned citizens, and officials that listened to their concerns and responded accordingly.