Category Archives: Kansas

Ellis, KS: Breed-neutral dog law under consideration

Ellis, KS was considering BSL against owners of “pit bulls” and Rottweilers a couple months ago. It appears that due to community feedback, they have decided to go with breed-neutral measures instead.

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Ellis to consider dangerous dog ordinance

Published on -11/14/2010, 8:40 PM

ELLIS — The Ellis City Council will consider enacting a stringent “dangerous dog” ordinance when it meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at city hall.

Discussion began this summer, but one major change has been made along the way — the proposed regulations do not include breed-specific legislation.

Mayor David McDaniel said the council opted to remove those provisions after many community members spoke in opposition to singling out specific dog breeds, such as pit bulls.[…]

Full article retrieved 11/15/10 from

Topeka, KS: BSL repealed

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City approves animal ordinance

Created September 28, 2010 at 9:58pm

Mayor Bill Bunten and eight city council members voted 9-0, with Councilman John Alcala being absent because of back problems, to pass a 39-page ordinance amending rules regarding animal control and animal cruelty to enhance public safety, protect animals and save taxpayer dollars.

The ordinance does away with the city’s breed-specific rules requiring owners to obtain special licenses and to implant microchips in any dogs that have the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of any of three types of pit bull dog.

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Topeka, KS: Proposal to repeal breed ban

Topeka city council is considering an ordinance which would repeal the city’s “pit bull” ban, and would make their dangerous dog ordinance breed-neutral. The ordinance will have its first reading during the city council meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 21. at 6 PM.

Read the proposed ordinance here:

Contact city council:
Karen Hiller,
John Alcala,
Sylvia Ortiz,
Jack Woelfel,
Larry Wolgast,
Deputy Mayor Deborah Swank,
Bob Archer,
Jeff Preisner,
Richard Harmon,

Send your thanks to the City Manager, who proposed the repeal of the ban:
Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr., City Manager & CEO,
215 SE 7th, Room 352, Topeka, KS 66603-3914
785-368-3725 Tel
785-368-3909 FAX

From the city council agenda:

Ordinance – Animal Control

AN ORDINANCE introduced by City Manager Norton N. Bonaparte, Jr., amending City of Topeka Code Sections 6.05.010, 6.05.020, 6.05.040, 6.05.080, 6.30.010, 6.30.050 and Section 9.05.080 concerning cruelty to animals, dangerous dogs, feral cats and animal control and specifically repealing said original sections and the U.P.O.C. cruelty to animal ordinance, as well as repealing in its entirety Chapter 6.25 concerning pit bull dogs. First Reading.

(Approval would amend animal control provisions to enhance public safety, protect animals and save taxpayer dollars. The new ordinance would resolve conflict of State and City laws; hold owners accountable for dangerous dogs; address all breeds of dangerous and hostile animals instead of specific breeds; and authorize at no expense to the taxpayer an innovative effort by private parties to sterilize and vaccinate feral cats.)

Ellis, KS: BSL under consideration, Sept 20

Ellis City Council will consider proposed BSL for owners of “pit bulls” and Rottweilers on Monday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. at Ellis City Hall, 815 Jefferson, Ellis, KS 67637.

Contact info for Ellis City Council:
Please email comments to:
Mail comments to City Clerk, 815 Jefferson, Ellis, KS 67637
Phone (785)726-4812 or fax (785)726-4159

Ellis council to consider vicious dog law

Published on -9/17/2010, 12:10 PM

The breeds delineated in the draft primarily will be those that generically fall into the definition of pit bulls and Rottweilers, Raub said, including Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, any other breed commonly called pit bulls — as well as those that have characteristics common to those breeds.

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Topeka, KS to consider removal of BSL

Topeka’s animal control has been overbudget by $27,000 annually, primarily because of the dogs they catch and confine under their “pit bull” legislation. These suspected “pit bulls” aren’t aggressive, as the city attorney notes; so the public isn’t really being made safer. To make matters worse, the dogs involved in court cases (due to owners disputing breed ID) clog the local shelter, causing the shelter to euthanize dogs that are not suspected “pit bulls” due to lack of space.

This does not appear to be on the agenda for the next city council meeting. However, locals may wish to contact city councilmembers to voice their support for the repeal of BSL and the institution of non-breed-specific dog laws.

City Council Contact Info:
Karen Hiller,
John Alcala,
Sylvia Ortiz,
Jack Woelfel,
Larry Wolgast,
Deputy Mayor Deborah Swank,
Bob Archer,
Jeff Preisner,
Richard Harmon,

City may scrap pit bull rules

Pit bull confinement regs contribute to overrun in animal control budget

By Tim Hrenchir
June 25, 2010 – 4:56pm

Assistant city attorney Kyle Smith told the council this past week that the committee, which is working with Councilwoman Karen Hiller, is suggesting moves that include doing away with the city’s breed-specific rules regulating ownership of pit bulls.

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Read assistant city attorney Kyle Smith’s memorandum describing suggested revisions to Topeka animal ordinances and view what the Topeka Police Department has paid to confine dogs suspected of being pit bulls.

Salina, KS: Dog owner back in court as Salina disputes DNA test

Summary: Lucey, the Cartwrights’ dog, “looks like” a “pit bull.”  Salina, KS has had a ban on “pit bulls” since 2005.  Lucey was seized, but the Cartwrights fought back, and had the Mars Wisdom Panel genetic test performed.  The test results were that Lucey was not a Pit Bull, and had only about 1/8 Staffordshire Bull Terrier in her ancestry.  So, a judge said she was not banned under Salina’s law, and refunded the money the Cartwrights had spent defending her.  But then, veterinarian David Atherton (a consultant to the Salina Animal Shelter, and the one who initially deemed Lucey to be a “pit bull”) decided that the genetic test results were incorrect. (Because the test uses autosomal chromosomes rather than sex chromosomes; and because “pit bulls aren’t pure-bred”.  Besides, he ran the test on his own dog, and got back results that seemed highly questionable; and anyhow, the Mars company itself says the test is not authorized for use in breed ban cases.)  So, the Cartwrights are going back to court in March 2010; and the judge will require any scientific evidence to be backed up by expert testimony. Meanwhile, the Cartwrights may be moving away, for employment reasons.  It’s not clear from the article exactly where Lucey is being kept while waiting for the new trial — hopefully with her family, and not impounded at the shelter.

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Salina disputes DNA test

Salina Journal

Five months ago, Cartwright thought a DNA test had saved Lucey, who looks like a pit bull, after she ran afoul of the city’s breed ban….

Cartwright won her case, based on the results of the genetic test….

Then in November she got a notice … [Salina] was refiling the charge against her of owning a prohibited pit bull… [because] the city prosecutor [thinks] the DNA test is unreliable….

Cartwright has hired an attorney…. Her trial is scheduled to begin in March.

Reporter David Clouston can be reached at 822-1403 or by e-mail at

Full article retrieved Feb. 19, 2010 from

Wichita, KS: Wichita City Council OKs changes in pit bull law

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Wichita City Council OKs changes in pit bull law

BY dion lefler
The Wichita Eagle

Regulations meant to control pit bulls, set to take effect Jan. 1, underwent some tweaking by the Wichita City Council on Tuesday.

The major provisions of the new ordinance:

* Require pit bull owners to sterilize their dogs.

* Require a breeder’s license if an owner wants to keep more than two pit bulls.

* Require pit bulls to be implanted with an identifying electronic microchip.

The council carved out an exemption to the sterilization requirement for current pit bull owners who show their dogs in legitimate dog shows.[…]

Full article retrieved 12/16/09 from