Category Archives: Non-BSL Passed

Independence, KY: Dog law stiffened in Kentucky town (not BSL)

Independence rejected breed-specific legislation. Previous alerts for Independence:

Dog law stiffened in Kentucky town

Associated Press
Nov. 3, 2009, 8:56AM

INDEPENDENCE, Ky. — Dogs will no longer get a “free bite” in Independence.

Officials in the northern Kentucky city put more teeth into the animal control ordinance on Monday by removing a provision that a dog couldn’t be declared vicious until after it bit someone.[…]

The new ordinance doesn’t specify any breed […]

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Colbert County, AL: Uniform dog law aids enforcement (not BSL)

Uniform dog law aids enforcement

By Michelle Rupe Eubanks, Staff Writer
Published: Sunday, October 25, 2009 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 10:13 p.m.

COLBERT COUNTY – A uniform vicious dog ordinance in Colbert County has made enforcement much easier and is making the community safer, animal control officials say.

[…] Although some breeds are more apt to have vicious tendencies, Evans said no breed is being targeted with the ordinance.[…]

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Elk River, MN: Overview of dangerous dog ordinance (not BSL)

Breakdown of Elk River’s dangerous dogs ordinance

Monday, 05 October 2009
by Elizabeth Nelson
Staff writer

In response to a series of new state laws, the Elk River City Council recently adopted an ordinance to deal with dangerous and potentially dangerous dogs.

[…] Many have called for stricter laws regarding what many consider dangerous breeds like pit bulls and rottweilers, but state law forbids cities from making decisions on breeds.

“We can’t legally say that the breed is specifically not allowed because statute forbids us from doing that,” Kluntz said. “We can’t be prejudiced against any particular breed. We have to evaluate each particular dog to their actions.” […]

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Lowell, MA: Council meeting goes to the dogs (BSL proposed, public hearing Jan. 13)

Public hearing about proposed BSL (“pit bull ordinance”) will be held on Jan. 13 at 6:30 PM.
City Council Chamber, 2nd Floor, City Hall, 375 Merrimack Street, Lowell, MA 01852
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Council meeting goes to the dogs

By Prudy Brighton , Sun Correspondent
Posted: 12/24/2008 06:38:58 AM EST

LOWELL — Dogs dominated the final 2008 meeting of the City Council, as councilors approved a new ordinance intended to more tightly control dangerous dogs and sent to its public safety subcommittee a proposed ordinance that would specifically deal with pit bulls.[…]

A public hearing will be held on Jan. 13 regarding the proposed ordinance on pit bulls.