Category Archives: Kansas

Gardner, KS: “Pit bull” ban proposed

The article below is worth reading in its entirety for a better understanding of the situation in Gardner. The city repealed their “pit bull” ban in 2007 after officials raised a number of concerns about the ineffectiveness of the ban, including difficulties with enforcement, unexpected expenses, problems with breed identification, intentional breed misidentification by the public, and more.

Councilmember Larry Fotovich has requested that the breed ban be reinstated in Gardner. At this time, it does not appear that the other councilmembers are supportive of a ban. Please remain polite and courteous in your correspondence to educate and encourage the councilmembers to vote against a breed ban.

The council intends to place the proposal on the agenda for a vote during the September 5 council meeting, at 7:00 PM in Council Chambers, City Hall, 120 East Main Street, Gardner, Kansas.

David Drovetta, Mayor, ddrovetta@gardnerkansas.gov
Kristy Harrison, kharrison@gardnerkansas.gov
Brian Broxterman, bbroxterman@gardnerkansas.gov
Larry Fotovich, lfotovich@gardnerkansas.gov
Chris Morrow, cmorrow@gardnerkansas.gov
Dennis Pugh, dpugh@gardnerkansas.gov

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ddrovetta@gardnerkansas.gov; kharrison@gardnerkansas.gov; bbroxterman@gardnerkansas.gov; lfotovich@gardnerkansas.gov; cmorrow@gardnerkansas.gov; dpugh@gardnerkansas.gov

PIT BULL BAN

Councilmember Fotovich requested that a change to the City Code that would ban “Pit Bulls.” The City of Gardner had a pit bull ban in the past, but moved to the “Vicious” animal ban in 2007.[…]

Following extensive discussion on the issue, it was determined that a proposal to ban pit bulls would be placed upon an upcoming agenda. The ordinance change will probably appear on the September 5th agenda. Items discussed in a work session and placed on the agenda typically have the consensus support of the Council. In this case, however, it appears that the Council has placed the proposed change on the agenda in order to take a formal vote on the issue. Based upon questions and statements made during the discussion, a majority will most likely vote against the proposal.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/10/11 from http://www.gardneredge.com/news/2011/08/10/4562-gardner-council-moves-forward-on-insurance-museum-and-pit-bulls

Many thanks to Jo for this alert!

Seward County, KS: Board reinstates BSL

Thanks to Jodi for updating us on this one.

After repealing a pit bull ban earlier in the year, the Seward County Board of Commissioners last night decided to reinstate BSL (restrictions, not a ban) for “pit bulls.” They passed a breed-neutral vicious dog law in addition to BSL.

Read Jodi’s post here: http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2011/07/06/bsl-reinstated-in-seward-county-kansas/

Seward County, KS: Board to consider BSL tonight, July 5

Seward County repealed its pit bull ban back in April, but the county continued to discuss whether and how they wanted to regulate pit bull ownership.

The county board will now consider three different ordinances. They could:

  1. Ban pit bulls (again)
  2. Regulate pit bulls
  3. Regulate vicious dogs (not breed-specific)

They will consider these options tonight, July 5, at 5:30 PM at the Seward County Administration Building, Suite 206.

Tonight’s agenda may be viewed here: http://www.sewardcountyks.org/Archive.aspx?AMID=&Type=&ADID=1324

Contact information for county officials
County Administrator Mary Bloomer, mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org
C.J. Wettstein, cjwpheasant@hotmail.com
Ada J. Linenbroker, alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org
Randy Malin, Vice Chair, basscatcher12@yahoo.com
Doug LaFreniere, biscuit11970@hotmail.com
Jim Rice, Chairman, jrice@swko.net

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mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org; cjwpheasant@hotmail.com; alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org; basscatcher12@yahoo.com; biscuit11970@hotmail.com; jrice@swko.net

515 N Washington, Suite 206, Liberal, KS 67901
Ph: (620) 626-3212
Fx: (620) 626-3397

All alerts for Seward County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=seward+county

County looks to resolve pit bull controversy

Tuesday, 05 July 2011 10:25
By ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

Tonight, Seward County commissioners are expected to consider three resolutions concerning the regulation of pit bulls and vicious dogs in the county.[…]

The first of the three ordinances being considered allows pit bulls in Seward County, but regulates them. The second addresses vicious dogs, no matter what the breed, and a third brings back a total ban of pit bulls.[…]

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. today in the commission chambers in the Seward County Administration Building.

Full article retrieved 7/5/11 from http://www.swdtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5145:county-looks-to-resolve-pit-bull-controversy&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40

Seward County, KS: Ban may be replaced with BSL

Seward County commissioners recently repealed their longstanding ban on pit bulls, but they intend to replace the ban with a new vicious dog law that could include breed-specific regulations on pit bull ownership.

The sample vicious dog law that has been provided to them is from Elkhart, IN, a breed-neutral law that passed in 2010 despite several attempts to add a pit bull ban. The sample breed-specific law has been copied from Springfield, MO. That law passed in 2006 and has been a source of controversy ever since.

Please encourage county commissioners to drop the ineffective, expensive, and unfair breed-specific proposal in favor of an effective vicious dog law that applies to all dogs and all dog owners.

County Administrator Mary Bloomer, mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org
C.J. Wettstein, cjwpheasant@hotmail.com (voted to repeal pit bull ban)
Ada J. Linenbroker, alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org (voted to keep pit bull ban)
Randy Malin, Vice Chair, basscatcher12@yahoo.com (voted to repeal pit bull ban)
Doug LaFreniere, biscuit11970@hotmail.com (voted to repeal pit bull ban)
Jim Rice, Chairman, jrice@swko.net (voted to keep pit bull ban)

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mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org; cjwpheasant@hotmail.com; alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org; basscatcher12@yahoo.com; biscuit11970@hotmail.com; jrice@swko.net

515 N Washington, Suite 206, Liberal, KS 67901
Ph: (620) 626-3212
Fx: (620) 626-3397

All alerts for Seward County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=seward+county

Commissioners find proposed plans on pit bulls or viscious dogs confusing

Thursday, 28 April 2011 10:32

By ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times

Seward County commissioners are considering the adoption of a resolution which would regulate not only pit bulls, but also vicious dogs in general.

Earlier this month, the commission voted narrowly to repeal an ordinance banning pit bulls as a whole, and at the April 18 meeting, county counsel Dan Diepenbrock provided the board with two resolutions – one for vicious dogs and the other for the regulation of pit bulls.[…]

Diepenbrock said commissioners could adopt one or both of the laws, a suggestion commissioner Doug LaFreniere finds cumbersome.[…]

The commission will host a work session at a later date to consider what should be done with both pit bulls and vicious dogs.

Full article retrieved 4/29/11 from http://www.swdtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4545:commissioners-find-proposed-plans-on-pit-bulls-or-viscious-dogs-confusing&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40

Seward County, KS: County commission decides to repeal BSL

Previous alerts for Seward County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=seward+county

County repeals pit bull ban

By ROBERT PIERCE • Leader & Times
Tuesday, 05 April 2011 11:03

Commission looking at writing vicious dog ordinance instead of breed-specific bans

“The question you need to decide is what’s in the best interest of Seward County,” county counsel Dan Diepenbrock said at Monday’s commission meeting.

After listening to information from both Diepenbrock and pit bull owner Gerald Valentine, and from board members themselves, the commission considered that issue, and in the end, it voted narrowly 3-2 to repeal a resolution passed in February banning the possession of pit bulls. […]

Full article retrieved 4/24/11 from http://www.swdtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4348:county-repeals-pit-bull-ban&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40

Seward County, KS: Commission to discuss ban, April 4

Seward County, KS, has had a breed ban since 1991, and recently passed a resolution that eliminated the grandfather clause. Now, a resident has requested a new grandfather clause or elimination of the ban. The county commissioners have mixed opinions about it, with some supporting repeal, and others opposing.

The commissioners are expected to make some kind of decision about the resolution during the commission meeting on April 4 at 5:30 PM, in the Seward County Administration Building, Suite 206, 515 N. Washington, Liberal, Kansas, 67901. This topic IS on the agenda for the April 4 meeting. Residents of Seward County, please attend the meeting and encourage county commissioners to remove the breed-specific language from the animal ordinance.

County Administrator Mary Bloomer, mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org
C.J. Wettstein, cjwpheasant@hotmail.com
Ada J. Linenbroker, alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org
Randy Malin, Vice Chair, basscatcher12@yahoo.com
Doug LaFreniere, biscuit11970@hotmail.com
Jim Rice, Chairman, jrice@swko.net

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mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org; cjwpheasant@hotmail.com; alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org; basscatcher12@yahoo.com; biscuit11970@hotmail.com; jrice@swko.net

All alerts for Seward County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=seward+county

Seward County, KS: Opportunity to repeal BSL

Seward County, KS has had a breed ban since 1991, and recently passed a resolution that eliminated the grandfather clause. Now, a resident has requested a new grandfather clause or elimination of the ban. The county commissioners have mixed opinions about it, with some supporting repeal, and others opposing.

This may provide an opportunity to encourage the county to repeal the breed-specific portion of their dog law. Residents and others are encouraged to send polite, respectful correspondence in support of an effective breed-neutral approach to animal control.

County Administrator Mary Bloomer, mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org
C.J. Wettstein, cjwpheasant@hotmail.com
Ada J. Linenbroker, alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org
Randy Malin, Vice Chair, basscatcher12@yahoo.com
Doug LaFreniere, biscuit11970@hotmail.com
Jim Rice, Chairman, jrice@swko.net

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mbloomer@sewardcountyks.org; cjwpheasant@hotmail.com; alinenbroker@sewardcountyks.org; basscatcher12@yahoo.com; biscuit11970@hotmail.com; jrice@swko.net

515 N Washington, Suite 206, Liberal, KS 67901
Ph: (620) 626-3212
Fx: (620) 626-3397

Pits bulls or No pit bulls

By ROBERT PIERCE, Leader & Times
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 13:07

[…] “The one option you can do is just repeal the resolution, and pit bulls are legal in Seward County,” [county counsel Dan Diepenbrock] said. “Another option would be to add another grandfather clause to the resolution you adopted resolution that would grandfather the dogs and not the owner. Any dogs that would be alive at the time the grandfather clause is adopted could stay in Seward County, but you wouldn’t be permitted to continue to breed.”[…]

The board voted 4-1, with Linenbroker voting against, to revisit the resolution. Wettstein suggested the commission make a decision one way or the other as soon as the next meeting on April 4.

Full article retrieved 3/24/11 from http://www.swdtimes.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4245:pits-bulls-or-no-pit-bulls&catid=12:local-news&Itemid=40