Category Archives: Montana

Laurel, MT: Public asked for input on possible dog ordinance revisions

The Laurel, MT, Emergency Services Committee will discuss Laurel’s dog ordinance on May 21 at 5:30 PM in the council chambers, 115 W 1st St, Laurel, MT 59044.

During an earlier council meeting, residents expressed concerns about dogs and some of the concerns were breed-specific. Other residents said any ordinance changes should be breed-neutral.

If you are a resident or local, please consider attending the Emergency Services Committee meeting to help guide Laurel to a safe, effective dog ordinance that is breed-neutral.

Dog owners take their complaints, concerns to city council

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2012 9:55 am

[…] Again and again, people called for pet owners to take responsibility for their pet’s behavior on city streets and on their private property.

[…] Others said the focus shouldn’t be on breed, but on behavior.

[…] “I think it would be wonderful if we took the opinions … to the emergency services meeting and help give some guidance. When people help to change these rules and ordinances, there’s ownership. Ownership would yield a continuum of responsibility,” said [Laurel Municipal Judge Jean] Kerr.

The Emergency Services Committee will review the dog ordinance at its May 21 meeting at 5:30 pm. in council chambers.

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Great Falls, MT: Resident asks for stronger animal ordinance, mentions BSL

A resident of Great Falls, MT, has asked the city commission for “mechanisms to hold the owners of pit bulls accountable.” The resident goes on to say that all dog owners should be responsible for controlling their dogs, and on that point we agree. (See full article here: )

Nothing official has been proposed at this time. Residents and locals of Great Falls may wish to join the dialogue about irresponsible dog ownership that is currently taking place in order to ensure that any solutions that the city commission proposes, if any, are breed-neutral, effective, and reasonable. The next city commission meeting is December 20 at 7:00 PM.

If you wish to correspond with commissioners, please be respectful and helpful, and offer reasonable nondiscriminatory solutions for their consideration. Contact forms for each city commissioner can be found here:

Thanks to Jo for the heads up!

Butte-Silver Bow, MT: Council rejects proposed BSL

Butte-Silver Bow commissioners have once again rejected Commissioner Terry Schultz’s proposed breed-specific regulations.

One commissioner provided an update (thanks to Hank for forwarding): “Last night at our meeting, the BSB council denied (8-3 vote) Commissioner Schultz’s request. The measure was placed on file and will not go to a committee for further discussion. Commissioner Schultz brought a similar request to council over a year ago where it was denied as well. I believe most commissioners educated themselves on the issue the last time and did not want to debate a breed-specific proposal again. Hopefully, Commissioner Schultz got the message and will not bring it up again.”

Please contact Butte-Silver Bow city officials and thank them for refusing to proceed with a discriminatory ordinance. Send an email to the entire council of commissioners here:

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Butte-Silver Bow, MT: BSL to be considered, June 1

Commissioner Terry Schultz has once again proposed regulations for “pit bull” owners. Shultz defines “pit bull” as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog or any dog that looks like one of these.

It has been less than a year since the previous breed-specific proposal quietly died. The commission will consider the new proposal and likely send it to the Judiciary Committee for further discussion.

Please contact Butte-Silver Bow city officials and politely express your opposition to breed-specific laws.

This item is on the agenda for the June 1 council meeting, 7:30 PM, Courthouse, Room 312, 155 West Granite Street, Butte, MT 59701.

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Pit bull ordinance proposal returns

By Justin Post of The Montana Standard | Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 12:15 am

Recent dog attacks in the area have renewed a Butte-Silver Bow commissioner’s efforts to enact laws targeting pit bull breeds.[…]

It specifically addresses pit bulls, which may not be outdoors unless confined in a fenced yard or restrained by a harness and leash no longer than 6 feet by someone at least 19 years old.

Muzzles also would be required for pit bulls 6 months and older, according to his proposal.[…]

His proposal further would require the owners of any pit bull or animal that is determined to be dangerous by a court, or any animal administratively determined as potentially dangerous to purchase public liability insurance of at least $100,000.

The insurance would be required to license the animal in Butte-Silver Bow.

But even before the issue reached the full council, Schultz’s proposal was met with criticism by Ed Randall, director of the Butte-Silver Bow Animal Services Department.[…]

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Thanks to Jodi for the heads up.


Butte-Silver Bow, MT update: Animal services board to discuss possible BSL, Aug 5

Several proposals have come before the city council in Butte-Silver Bow recently. Although the proposals brought up by Banderob appear to be out (would have affected up to 11 breeds of dogs), councilmember Schultz’s “pit bull” ordinance is still being considered.

Commissioner Mike Sheehy encouraged people with input on the matter to attend Thursday’s animal services board meeting where the public may comment. The animal services board meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the health department, 25 W. Front St.

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Council nixes tougher dog restrictions

By Justin Post of The Montana Standard
Posted: Thursday, August 5, 2010 12:15 am

A citizen’s call for stricter restrictions on “dangerous” dog breeds failed to win council’s support Wednesday evening.

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Butte-Silver Bow, MT: BSL proposed (11 breeds and mixes)

In addition to BSL for “pit bulls,” Butte-Silver Bow will consider BSL for the following proposed “dangerous” breeds: pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Doberman pinschers, chow chows, Presa Canarios, boxers, Dalmatians, Akita and any mixed-breed dog whose “features are predominantly of these breeds.”

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the courthouse, 155 W. Granite.

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Butte-Silver Bow, 155 West Granite Street, Butte, MT 59701
Telephone: (406) 497-6200
FAX: (406) 497-6328

Butte man calls for tougher dog laws

By Justin Post of The Montana Standard
Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:00 am

The ordinances Banderob has proposed would require the owners of “dangerous” dog breeds or crossbreeds to procure $50,000 in liability insurance and create a dangerous/vicious animal public safety committee.

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White Sulphur Springs, MT: BSL passed (“pit bulls,” Rotts, Dobes)

Town passes insurance requirement for owners of aggressive dog breeds

By KARL PUCKETT • Tribune Staff Writer • July 1, 2010

White Sulphur Springs has passed an amendment to its animal ordinance that now requires owners of certain breeds of dogs with reputations for aggressive behavior to purchase $500,000 in liability insurance in case in the animal attacks somebody…. Owners of pit bulls, Doberman Pinschers and Rottweilers need to purchase the insurance, regardless of whether their dog has a record of aggressive behavior.

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