Two cities voted to repeal their breed discriminatory laws during city council meetings on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.
Juneau, WI: Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals, one of our partner organizations, reported that the council in Juneau voted unanimously to repeal their law. The repeal comes after a new resident moved into the town. The resident, Renada Sharp, had moved into town with a banned type of dog, not knowing at the time that there was a breed ban in place. When Sharp found out about the ban, she requested that the council repeal the ordinance. The initial request was made a couple of months before the repeal was officially drafted and heard. This is a pretty typical time line for a repeal that is fully supported by the council. The local police chief stated to the news media that the ordinance was “unnecessary” because the town already had a breed neutral dangerous dog law in place. It is interesting that this was passed in the first place. The law is not an old one in the scheme of breed discriminatory laws. Most municipalities do better than passing them in the first place, now that we have better science and understanding of the factors that drive dangerous dogs.
Grandview, MO: We don’t have many details on the driving factors behind this repeal at this time. Grandview is a relatively small town, and it appears that news media have not picked up on this story. Brent Toellner, from KC Dog Blog, reported the repeal Tuesday night. We do know that the repeal, was once again, a unanimous vote. Grandview’s repeal follows a repeal from Roeland Park, MO, who repealed their breed discriminatory law in the end of January, and an ever growing list from the state in general from last year.
Two unanimous repeals on the same night.
When officials are presented with the latest studies and statistics from their towns, the result is the same. In some cases, repeal takes more energy and people than in others. The political climate and whether any officials have an investment of ego in the breed discriminatory law are both huge factors in how seamless a repeal will be. There is no one formula that will work in every place but the ultimate goal is always safer and more humane communities, and every repeal brings us closer to this goal.