Category Archives: Minnesota

St. Paul, MN reminder: District 10 meeting to discuss dangerous dogs, Aug 9

Residents of District 10 in St. Paul, MN, recently received postcards that suggested St. Paul should pass “pit bull” restrictions.

The cards call for District 10 residents who are concerned about dangerous dogs to meet on August 9 at 6:00 PM at the Historic Streetcar Station in St. Paul. (The card does not explicitly say, but this is the meeting for the District 10 Community Council Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee. The postcards were NOT sent out by the committee.)

There is a Facebook group organizing to attend this meeting to oppose breed-specific measures and provide breed-neutral solutions. If you would like to get involved, please get all the details from the Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/135206236620662/

The group also has important information and communication tips for attendees. At the above link, you may also view photos of the postcard that was received by residents.

If you go to the meeting, please…

  • Know your state and local laws regarding dogs. BSL is illegal in MN. St. Paul officials already know this.
  • City officials do not appear to be interested in BSL. The pro-BSL slant appears to be coming from a minority of residents who have been taken advantage of by a certain web site.
  • Know that some residents have valid concerns about dangerous dogs in their neighborhood. Always treat residents and their concerns with respect, even if you disagree.
  • Keep the focus on breed-neutral solutions.

If you attend, please update us on the outcome of the meeting.

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St. Paul, MN: Residents receive pro-BSL postcards, meeting Aug 9

Residents of District 10 in St. Paul, MN, recently received postcards that posed the question: “There are more than 650 American cities that strongly regulate or ban dangerous dog breeds.  Why doesn’t the City of Saint Paul?”

The postcards also featured graphic photos of a child attacked by a dog, incorrect “pit bull” fatality statistics, a link to a certain website that pushes for “pit bull” laws, and contact information for area lawmakers. It is not clear who created or paid for these postcards.

The cards call for District 10 residents who are concerned about dangerous dogs to meet on August 9 at 6:00 PM at the Historic Streetcar Station in St. Paul. (The card does not explicitly say, but this is the meeting for the District 10 Community Council Neighborhood Relations & Safety Committee.)

There is a Facebook group organizing to attend this meeting to oppose breed-specific measures and provide breed-neutral solutions. If you would like to get involved, please visit their Facebook Event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/135206236620662/135409406600345/?notif_t=event_mall_reply#!/events/135206236620662/

The group also has important information and communication tips for attendees. At the above link, you may also view photos of the postcard that was received by residents.

If you go to the meeting, please…

  • Know your state and local laws regarding dogs. BSL is illegal in MN.
  • Know that some residents have valid concerns about dangerous dogs in their neighborhood. Always treat residents and their concerns with respect, even if you disagree.
  • Keep the conversation and focus on breed-neutral solutions.

If you attend, please update us on the outcome of the meeting.

Caledonia, MN: Council still trying to make breed ban happen

**Minnesota state law prohibits municipalities from passing BSL.**

Caledonia, MN, council wants to ban “pit bulls and half-breeds.” City officials are aware that BSL is not legal in Minnesota, but they are apparently still trying to find a way around state law.

Contact info for Caledonia, MN city officials:
231 East Main Street, P.O. Box 232, Caledonia, MN 55921
City Clerk/Administrator Jennifer Feely, 507-725-3450, cityhall@caledoniamn.gov

Dog issue eats council’s time

18 July 2012
By Clay Schuldt, Special to the Caledonia Argus

Caledonia City Attorney Tim Murphy is continuing to research the possibility of Caledonia placing a ban on pit bulls.

Complicating the issue is state statutes that prevent species specific legislation.

The Caledonia clerks office continues to be inundated with emails from people against the ban; however, most of the letters are anonymous or from people in communities outside of Caledonia.

[…] At previous meetings Police Chief Kurt Zehnder said that some cities in Minnesota have managed to get around the statute, and he’s also looking into any legal action Caledonia could take to pass a similar ordinance. […]

Full article retrieved 7/24/12 from http://hometownargus.com/2012/07/18/dog-issue-eats-councils-time/

All alerts for Caledonia: https://stopbsl.org/?s=caledonia

Thanks to Julia for this update!

Caledonia, MN: Council plans to ban “pit bulls” and “half breeds”

**Minnesota state law prohibits municipalities from passing BSL.**

Caledonia, MN, council intends to ban “pit bulls and half-breeds” after an incident in which a dog that was already declared dangerous attacked and killed another dog. Animal control supports the breed ban.

Council intends to discuss and possibly approve the ordinance during the June 11 council meeting. Please take the time to notify city officials that their proposal is not legal per state law.

Contact info for Caledonia, MN city officials:
231 East Main Street, P.O. Box 232, Caledonia, MN 55921
City Clerk/Administrator Jennifer Feely, 507-725-3450, cityhall@caledoniamn.gov

COUNCIL LOOKING TO BAN ANY NEW PIT BULLS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS

06 JUNE 2012
By Charlie Warner, Argus Editor

[…] It was pointed out that pit bulls currently in Caledonia will be grandfathered in. But, like all dogs, they must be licensed, which will help Gavin and the local police department keep better track of them. But no new pit bulls or half-breeds will be allowed within the city limits.

The topic will be revisited at the June 11 council meeting and the new ordinance possibly approved.

Full article retrieved 6/6/12 from http://hometownargus.com/2012/06/06/council-looking-to-ban-any-new-pit-bulls-within-the-city-limits/

Marshall, MN editorial calls for “pit bull” ban

The Marshall Independent newspaper in Minnesota has published an editorial calling for a “pit bull” ban.

http://www.marshallindependent.com/page/content.detail/id/515764.html?nav=5017

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.” […]

Full article retrieved 10/5/09 from http://erstarnews.com/content/view/9588/26/