Category Archives: Connecticut

Waterbury, CT: Proposed animal ordinance revisions are not breed-specific

We have finally gotten a copy of Waterbury alderman Brunelli’s proposed animal ordinance revisions, and we are pleased to say that the revisions are not breed-specific.

The proposal is not exactly easy to find, so here it is (PDF): waterbury_brunelli_proposal

There will be a public hearing on the proposed revisions on June 11 at 6:30 PM in the council chambers. You must be a Waterbury resident to speak.

As we have confirmed that BSL is not a concern, StopBSL will no longer actively track Waterbury. However, locals and residents are encouraged to attend the public hearing and stay actively involved in the lawmaking process.

All alerts for Waterbury: http://stopbsl.com/?s=waterbury

Waterbury, CT: Alderman may discuss animal ordinance revisions (possible BSL), May 7

After a dog attack on an elderly resident in March, Alderman Ernest Brunelli, a family friend, announced his intention to revise the city’s animal control ordinances. He has not clearly stated whether those revisions will include BSL.

Alderman Brunelli has declined to make public a copy of his proposal, so we are unsure at this time whether the proposal contains BSL. Alderman Brunelli might bring up his proposal per the agenda of the Waterbury council meeting on May 7 at 7:00 PM in the Aldermanic Chambers, City Hall, 235 Grand Street, Waterbury.

Brunelli has advised us via email that there will be a public hearing on his proposal on May 21.

Residents and locals, please plan to attend the council meeting to monitor the situation in Waterbury and to see if you can get any more information about whether the proposal will be breed-specific or breed-neutral.

All alerts for Waterbury: http://stopbsl.com/?s=waterbury

Waterbury, CT: Aldermen will consider dog ordinance changes (possible BSL)

Resident Paul Poidomani’s mother was attacked by loose dogs described as “pit bulls,” and now city aldermen are thinking about making changes to their dog ordinance. View current Waterbury animal ordinances here.

Poidomani has suggested some kind of BSL for “pit bull” owners. Alderman Ernest Brunelli, a family friend, intends to bring ordinance revisions forward in April, but it’s unclear whether those revisions will be breed-specific or breed-neutral.

Residents and locals, please speak up against breed-specific laws as the city mulls dog ordinance revisions. Also, offer reasonable breed-neutral alternatives. Please do so with respect and civility—please DO NOT correspond if you cannot remain polite.

City Alderman email block:
ppernerewski@comcast.net; tpicjr2000@yahoo.com; AldermanHadley@waterburyct.org; App143@aol.com; brunelli_ernest_j@sbcglobal.net; aldermannapoli@waterburyct.org; jbeg32@att.net; rmulcahy13@live.com; AlderwomanMargiotta@waterburyct.org; AldermanPalladino@waterburyct.org; AldermanLuedke@waterburyct.org; fburgiot@aol.com; AldermanNoujaim@waterburyct.org; townplotter@aol.com; steven.giacomi@gmail.com

Please note, contrary to the news report below, Poidomani is NOT a city alderman.

Son of pitbull attack victim wants change

Updated: Thursday, 22 Mar 2012, 11:10 PM EDT
Erin Logan

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — […] [Paul Poidomani] wants stricter rules for pitbull owners. […]

Alderman Ernest Brunelli doesn’t want to ban pitbulls completely, but he does want owners to understand the responsibilities of having pitbulls as pets. […] “I want to stiffen the penalties, and make sure every dog is vaccinated and insured.”

Brunelli will bring his proposed changes before the Aldermen sometime in April. He is hoping for a public hearing.

Full article retrieved 3/24/12 from http://www.wtnh.com/dpp/news/new_haven_cty/son-of-pitbull-attack-victim-wants-change

Bristol, CT update: BSL no longer on table

Bristol, CT council appears to have given up on a proposal to restrict certain breeds of dogs.

No Dog Ban in Bristol

The city’s ordinance committee formally rejected the idea.

By Debra Bogstie | Thursday, Dec 22, 2011 | Updated 7:51 AM ESTView

Pit bulls and other breeds that some consider dangerous will not be banned in Bristol.

The city’s ordinance committee formally rejected the idea during its meeting on Wednesday evening.[…]

City officials said they have no plans to bring the issue up again in the future.

Full article retrieved 12/22/11 from http://www.nbcconnecticut.com/news/politics/No-Dog-Ban-in-Bristol-136029748.html

Another good summary of the Bristol outcome, from a witness at the meeting.

Because of the way this issue unfolded, StopBSL will continue to keep an eye on the agendas for a while.

All alerts for Bristol, CT: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22bristol%2C+ct%22

Bristol, CT: Council member says council not considering breed ban

Twenty days after I sent to the Bristol mayor a request for clarification/more information, I have received the following email from David Mills, the councilman identified in the Bristol Press as the official who suggested a “ban on dangerous breeds.”

Thank you for your concern about this issue. The report in the newspaper was totally blown out of proportion. I had received many complaints about dogs doing their business and the owners not picking up after them. Complaints about multiple dogs in one area, breeding in multi family buildings etc.

I asked the Corp. Counsel to look at what other towns were doing about this and other dog related problems.. The reporter chose to write that we were looking to ban certain breeds of dogs. This was never mentioned and not being considered at this time.

Dave Mills

If you have been following the events in Bristol, you will recall the very long news article that Bristol Press published on November 6, titled “Dangerous dogs: City considering ban on certain breeds,” which discussed extensively the possibility of a ban or restrictions on certain breeds (“pit bulls” in particular), and in which the reporter quoted city officials talking about the feasibility of a breed ban.

It is very hard to reconcile the news article with Mills’ email—especially in light of Mills’ statement that a breed ban “was never mentioned”—unless most of the news article was fabricated. (We would hope that is not the case.)

However, we would note that Mills and the reporter agree on at least one basic idea: Bristol officials are looking into possible ordinances to alleviate “dog problems.”

In previous Bristol alerts, StopBSL asked that local residents correspond with council and get involved in the council meetings to guide any possible discussions away from breed-specific measures and toward effective breed-neutral solutions. Although Mills’ email clarifies that no BSL is under consideration at this time, we believe public involvement is still necessary and beneficial. We encourage Bristol-area residents to remain engaged in the dog ordinance discussions to ensure that the outcome is indeed breed-neutral and reasonable.

Many thanks to the locals in and around Bristol who have already gotten involved in the dog ordinance discussions and who are helping to guide the council to reasonable breed-neutral solutions.

StopBSL would appreciate updates from a resident or local who attends future council or committee meetings.

 

All alerts for Bristol: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22bristol%2C+ct%22

Bristol, CT: Ordinance committee may discuss BSL, Dec 21

The Ordinance Committee meets next on December 21 at 4:30 PM in City Hall Meeting Room 1. The committee may discuss Councillor David Mills’ suggestion to institute a breed ban on “dangerous breeds.” The proposal is in a very early stage, so we do not know exactly which breeds would be affected or any other details about the breed ban. “Pit bulls” have been mentioned by the media as a possible target, but council members have said they do not yet know what should be considered a “dangerous breed.”

There is also a city council meeting on December 13 at 7:00. The council meeting has a public participation period at the beginning of each meeting. This is another opportunity for community members to share their feelings about BSL with the council.

These early stages are the best time for the public to protest any possible BSL and to offer effective, breed-neutral alternatives—before the city council becomes highly invested in the idea. Please send your respectful correspondence to the below contact information. If you are a local, please attend the ordinance committee meeting (and/or the council meeting).

City of Bristol, 111 North Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 584-6200
Email block for cut-and-paste
mayorsoffice@ci.bristol.ct.us; artward@ci.bristol.ct.us; kevinmcCauley@ci.bristol.ct.us; cliffordblock@ci.bristol.ct.us; kencockayne@ci.bristol.ct.us; kevinfuller@ci.bristol.ct.us; davemills@ci.bristol.ct.us; terryparker@ci.bristol.ct.us

All alerts for Bristol: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22bristol%2C+ct%22

Bristol, CT: Ordinance committee may discuss BSL, Nov 16

Update 11/15/11: We are hearing rumors that the Ordinance Committee is postponing any discussion until next month. We encourage people to attend the meeting nevertheless, and to continue corresponding with city officials, to make sure officials are fully aware of the public’s opposition to BSL.

The Ordinance Committee meets on November 16 at 4:30 PM in City Hall Meeting Room 1. The committee may discuss Councillor David Mills’ suggestion to institute a breed ban on “dangerous breeds.” The proposal is in very early stages, so we do not know exactly which breeds would be affected or any other details about the breed ban. Presumably, the ordinance committee will work out the details over the next few months.

This is the best time for the public to protest the breed ban and to offer effective, breed-neutral alternatives—before the city council becomes highly invested in the idea. Please send your respectful correspondence to the below contact information. If you are a local, please attend the ordinance committee meeting.

City of Bristol, 111 North Main Street, Bristol, CT 06010
(860) 584-6200
Email block for cut-and-paste
mayorsoffice@ci.bristol.ct.us; artward@ci.bristol.ct.us; kevinmcCauley@ci.bristol.ct.us; cliffordblock@ci.bristol.ct.us; kencockayne@ci.bristol.ct.us; kevinfuller@ci.bristol.ct.us; davemills@ci.bristol.ct.us

The most detailed information about the proposal can be read here: http://www.bristolpress.com/articles/2011/11/06/news/doc4eb7419c04daa090936610.txt