Spring Hill Kansas has repealed their ban on “pit bull dogs.”
The old law, which was passed in 2008, defined a pit bull dog as follows:
Any pit bull dog. (1) “Pit bull dog” means:
a. The bull terrier breed of dog;
b. The Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;
c. The American pit bull terrier breed of dog;
d. The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
e. Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above-listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers;
f. Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of Bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier; any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of these breeds.
The penalties for violation were severe, with fines of up to $2,000 and up to 179 days in jail. This ordinance was rare, in that it included the reasoning for the original passage of the ban.
“1. That as a breed of dogs, all pit bulls are inherently dangerous.
2. That the possession of pit bulls within the City poses a significant threat to the public’s health, safety and welfare.
3. That numerous instances of attacks by pit bulls have occurred against members of this community and attacks by pit bulls in surrounding communities have resulted in serious injuries.
4. That protective measures by pit bull owners are inadequate to protect the public from attacks by these animals.”
On November 13th, the city council approved the final reading of an ordinance to repeal the breed ban. The issue was originally raised at a previous meeting and the city took on the task of investigating the issue. Topeka, Kansas’ dangerous dog law was selected for review. The council notes mention Topeka’s breed neutrality, and the issues they had found with their former breed discriminatory law and the cost to tax payers.
Topeka had a breed discriminatory law that was repealed in 2010. It makes sense that the Spring Hill Council would look at the information from there, considering that Topeka had a committee that spent substantial time and energy reworking the animal control ordinances.
The breed neutral law goes into effect after its publication in the local news. The new law will prohibit any dog that is declared dangerous, based on the actions of the animal, and not it’s perceived breed.