Category Archives: Indiana

City of Elkhart, IN: No BSL in ordinance to be voted on Monday

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*Not to be confused with Elkhart County, IN*

Finally, an Elkhart animal ordinance

Posted: 6:45 PM Apr 16, 2010
Reporter: Nick McGurk
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For months, the city of Elkhart has been grappling with animal control issues – many of them related to pit bulls. After all that time, the Elkhart Common Council will vote on an ordinance Monday night.

Still, the ordinance doesn’t mention pit bulls – and it doesn’t ban any specific breed of animals.

Article retrieved 4/19/10 from

City of Elkhart, IN: Pit bull ban fails to pass

Previous alerts for City of Elkhart, IN: **Not to be confused with Elkhart County, IN, where dangerous dog laws have also recently been revised.**

Elkhart pit bull ban falls just short

A motion to ban the breed failed on a tie vote of 4 to 4.

Published: Thursday, January 21, 2010 — The Truth, A
Last updated: 1/21/2010 12:00:46 AM
By Stephanie Gattman
Truth Staff

ELKHART — It came down to one vote.

The Elkhart City Council met Wednesday to continue its discussion on the proposed animal control ordinance…. Councilman Brent Curry, D-5th, wanted to get back to the original discussion that began more than 18 meetings ago.

He attempted to ban pit bulls in the city limits after July 1…

His motion failed on a tie vote of 4 to 4. A tie vote defeats the amendment….

Full article retrieved 2010-01-21 from

City of Elkhart, IN: Proposed animal control ordinance unveiled (not BSL)

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Read Elkhart’s final animal ordinance proposal and have your say

If you don’t like what you see here, you can go to tonight’s city council session and tell council members what the pet laws ought to be.

Published: Monday, December 07, 2009 — The Truth, A
Last updated: 12/6/2009 11:44:18 PM
By Josh Weinhold, Reporter

Click here to download a PDF copy of the 36-page proposal for Elkhart’s new animal control ordinance.

ELKHART — A piece of legislation more than three months in the making, a massive overhaul of the city’s animal control laws will soon be up for a council vote.

The ad hoc committee that spent weeks debating what to include in the new ordinance ultimately steered clear of the breed-specific animal ban that previous drafts featured. Instead, the proposed ordinance aims to crack down on all breeds of dangerous dogs while also emphasizing the need for every cat and dog to be licensed with the city.[…]

Full article retrieved 12/7/09 from

City of Elkhart, IN: Council to discuss proposed ordinance, Nov 19 (BSL whispers)

Important things to know about the Elkhart proposed ordinance:

  • City council could ditch the committee recommendations and go with breed-specific rules or a breed ban instead. An ordinance with a “pit bull” ban has already been written and can be quickly substituted if the city council so desires. The city council president still badly wants BSL.
  • The current proposed ordinance limits the number of “large” dogs to four. (No additional details at this time.)
  • We have not actually seen the language of the revised proposed ordinance. While everyone is saying it’s not a ban, that doesn’t mean it’s also not breed-specific in some way.
  • City council will meet with the committee to discuss the proposed ordinance on Thursday, November 19, at 5 PM in council chambers (229 S. Second Street). Public comment is allowed.

Elkhart committee doesn’t support ban on pit bulls

By TOM MOOR, Tribune Staff Writer

Story Created: Nov 17, 2009 at 3:13 PM EST

ELKHART — An ad hoc committee will not recommend banning pit bulls when Elkhart City Council overhauls its animal control ordinance in the coming weeks.

The 6-3 vote by the committee this month does not mean the council cannot still vote for the measure. […] “It could still be part of the final draft if indeed council members are for it,” Roberson said.

[…] Robertson added the ordinance, even without a ban on pit bulls, could still limit how many pit bulls are in Elkhart.[…]

Full article retrieved 11/18/09 from

City of Elkhart, IN: Panel won’t push breed-specific dog ban in Elkhart animal control ordinance

The committee that is creating a new animal control ordinance has decided to drop the breed-specific language. However, Elkhart continues to be a city to watch, since nothing final has been presented to city council yet.

Panel won’t push breed-specific dog ban in Elkhart animal control ordinance

Elkhart animal ordinance committee votes to recommend owner-centric punishments, not breed-directed bans and fines.

Published: 11/10/2009 12:00:00 AM
Last Updated: 11/10/2009 12:01:06 AM
By: Josh Weinhold
Elkhart Truth

ELKHART — The city’s new animal control ordinance won’t contain a ban on pit bulls if the city council follows the recommendations of an ad hoc committee.

The panel tasked with drafting a new animal ordinance voted on Monday to eliminate the breed-specific legislation from a draft version of the law. Six of the nine members supported the ban’s removal, saying they believe the draft’s language on vicious and dangerous dogs is enough to lower the risk of animal attacks. […]

Full article retrieved 11/10/09 from

Goshen, IN: Elkhart may be role model for animal control laws (whispers of BSL)

City council meets at Council Chambers, 111 E. Jefferson St., Goshen, IN. Next city council meetings: 7:00 PM on November 17 and December 1.

Contact info for city officials:

Mayor Allan Kauffman
202 S. 5th St., Goshen, Indiana 46528
Phone:(work) 574-533-9322
Fax: 574-533-3074

DISTRICT 1, Precincts: 2,4,7,24,114
Darryl Riegsecker
704 Reliance Road, Goshen, IN 46526
Phone: 533-6248

DISTRICT 2, Precincts: 1,6,16
Harlan E. “Chic” Lantz
807 W. Plymouth Ave., Goshen, IN 46526-2609
Phone: 533-0160

DISTRICT 3, Precincts: 3,5,17
Dixie Robinson
1106 Highland Dr., Goshen, IN 46528
Phone: 533-4495

DISTRICT 4, Precincts 8,10,13
Julia A. Gautsche
601 S. 7th St., Goshen, IN 46526-4013
Phone: 533-0778

DISTRICT 5, Precincts: 11,12,14,15,19
Everett J. Thomas
1817 Woodgate Dr., Goshen, IN 46526-6456
Phone: 533-6143
Fax: 535-6050

Thomas Stump
823 S. 7th St., Goshen, IN 46526
Phone: 533-8400

Jeremy Stutsman
212 W. Jackson St., Goshen, IN 46526
Phone: 533-0845

Elkhart may be Goshen’s role model when it comes to animal control laws

Published: 11/4/2009 12:00:00 AM
Last Updated: 11/3/2009 11:41:06 PM
By: Josh Weinhold
Elkhart Truth


The topic of a dangerous animal ordinance came up in discussion among Goshen City Council members Tuesday evening, but the group decided to gather more information and take a wait-and-see approach.

[… Mayor Allan Kauffman] suggested, though, that the council may want to see what Elkhart decides “and then modify it for our use.”[…]

Full article retrieved 11/5/09 from

Elkhart County, IN: Animal control ordinance revision proposed (not BSL)

**Not to be confused with the city of Elkhart, IN where a “pit bull” ban has just been proposed.**

Although this article references “restrictions on dangerous breeds of dogs,” the actual proposed ordinance at the link provided does NOT reference specific breeds, nor does it appear to be breed-specific in any way.

Elkhart Co. working on proposed animal ordinance

Posted: 12:58 PM Nov 4, 2009

Elkhart County is working on a proposed animal ordinance which would increase restrictions on dangerous breeds of dogs.

According to our reporting partners at the Elkhart Truth, you could keep your dog if it bit or attacked someone, but it would cost big bucks.

[…] You can have your say on the proposed animal ordinance on Tuesday at 6:00 pm in the Elkhart County Public Services building in Goshen.

To look at the complete ordinance, click here.

Full article retrieved 11/5/09 from

As further evidence of poor reporting on the part of WNDU, see the original article, cited as a source of WNDU’s article, at the Elkhart Truth:

The proposal, however, does not ban pit bulls or otherwise single out any specific breed for particular treatment, as do some ordinances around the country.

“The thinking was that a dangerous animal is a dangerous animal and that can be any breed,” said Byers.[…]