Category Archives: Nebraska

Beatrice, NE: Second reading retains BSL

Beatrice, NE city council discussed the proposed animal ordinance revisions at their council meeting on April 4. Although there was a suggestion to remove the breed-specific language, it was NOT removed. The director of the local humane society has spoken against the breed-specific language at every previous meeting, but there appears to be little public reaction other than that.

Council will likely hold a third reading at the next council meeting (April 18). They may vote on the ordinance at that time. Residents and locals are strongly urged to contact the council and attend the next meeting to respectfully oppose the breed-specific language.

Contact information
Beatrice City Council, 400 Ella Street, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
(402) 228-5200
FAX (402) 228-2312
City Attorney feedback: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=atty
City Clerk feedback: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=clrk
City Administrator Neal Niedfeldt, nniedfeldt@beatrice.ne.gov

All alerts for Beatrice: http://stopbsl.com/?s=beatrice

COUNCIL HEARS SECOND READING PROPOSED ORDINANCE

Discussions over new animal ordinance continue

By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer | Posted: Tuesday, April 5, 2011 6:00 am

The Beatrice City Council heard the second of three readings of a proposed animal ordinance Monday night.

The proposed ordinance has several key differences from the one currently in place, most notably breed-specific laws (BSLs) that would automatically qualify pit bull breeds of dogs for “potentially dangerous” pet status.

The possibility of instituting BSLs in Beatrice has meet met with mixed reactions from the public dating back to last summer when the issue was first brought up.[…]

Full article retrieved 4/5/11 from http://www.beatricedailysun.com/news/local/article_802a8972-5f31-11e0-b966-001cc4c002e0.html?mode=story

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Beatrice, NE: Second reading of proposed BSL, April 4

In March, Beatrice, NE council discussed a new animal ordinance that would declare all “pit bulls” (any dog appearing to be more than 50% “pit bull,” DNA tests done at owner’s expense) to be “potentially dangerous” dogs, thereby placing discriminatory restrictions on pit bull ownership.

The local humane society and a few members of the public have spoken against the breed-specific language, but council reaction has been mixed. It is not clear whether the council will remove the breed-specific language. Locals, please attend the second reading of the ordinance and request breed-neutral revisions. Respectful, but vocal, public opposition to BSL is critical at this stage.

Council meeting, April 4, 7:00 PM at Beatrice Administration Building, 320 N. 5th Street, Beatrice, NE 68310

Contact information
Beatrice City Council, 400 Ella Street, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
(402) 228-5200
FAX (402) 228-2312
City Attorney feedback form: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=atty
City Clerk feedback form: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=clrk
City Administrator Neal Niedfeldt, nniedfeldt@beatrice.ne.gov

Council to revisit animal ordinance

By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer | Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2011 6:00 am

[…] The proposed ordinance was brought up in response to discussions dating back to last year regarding claims that special legislation – possibly even a ban – should be placed on pit bull breeds of dogs. The council will hear the second of three readings of the ordinance during Monday’s regular meeting, at 7 p.m. at the Beatrice Public Schools Administration Building.[…]

City attorney Tobias Tempelmeyer said a major difference in the proposed ordinance is it would automatically classify pit bulls as “potentially-dangerous” animals.[…]

While discussions continue, Tempelmeyer said a council member approached him about preparing certain amendments that would remove the pit bull wording, among other things, from the ordinance.[…]

While Tempelmeyer was asked to prepare these amendments to the resolution, he said they may not be proposed at Monday’s meeting. […]

Full article retrieved 4/3/11 from http://www.beatricedailysun.com/news/local/article_b27f814c-5ce4-11e0-b86a-001cc4c002e0.html

All alerts for Beatrice: http://stopbsl.com/?s=beatrice

Beatrice, NE: First reading draws public comment against BSL

Last night, Beatrice, NE council discussed a new animal ordinance that would declare all “pit bulls” (any dog appearing to be more than 50% “pit bull,” DNA tests done at owner’s expense) to be “potentially dangerous” dogs, thereby placing discriminatory restrictions on pit bull ownership.

The city council seems to understand that breed-neutral language would be a better option (as it would protect the entire community from all dogs, and would protect all dogs from abusive owners regardless of breed), but whether they will remove the breed-specific language remains to be seen.

The proposed ordinance may be read here. The second reading of the ordinance should take place at an upcoming council meeting, perhaps April 4.

Public weighs in on new animal ordinance

Measure will require breed-specific laws for pit bull owners

By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer Beatrice Daily Sun Online | Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:00 am

[…]The bulk of the discussion focused on a proposal to declaring all pit bull breed of dogs to be potentially dangerous animals.[…]

One person who spoke in opposition to the pit bull section of the ordinance was Gina Grone, Humane Society executive director.

“I would like you to take a look at (the ordinance) without the pit bull wording,” Grone told the Council. “Anything that you want to prohibit in regard to any dogs that fit into that pit bull definition is covered by the dangerous dog ordinance. I think that you can have the results and control that you want without putting undue stresses or pressure on people who own these dogs in the city and are responsible.”[…]

After hearing from members of the community opposed to the pit bull portion of the ordinance, Council member Calvin Carey indicated it might be an aspect the ordinance could do without.

“The main thing is you want the pit bull taken out of the language, and I think we can go ahead and adjust that.” Carey said.

The issue of how to determine a dog to be a pit bull was also raised.

[City attorney] Tempelmeyer said guideline set by national kennel clubs would be used to determine if a dog was more than 50 percent pit bull.

Should DNA tests be necessary, he added it would most likely not be the cities responsibility to fund the tests.[…]

Full article retrieved 3/22/11 from http://www.beatricedailysun.com/news/local/article_4dd393b4-542e-11e0-905d-001cc4c002e0.html

Beatrice City Council, 400 Ella Street, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
(402) 228-5200
FAX (402) 228-2312

City Attorney feedback form: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=atty
City Clerk feedback form: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=clrk
City Administrator Neal Niedfeldt, nniedfeldt@beatrice.ne.gov

All alerts for Beatrice, NE: http://stopbsl.com/?s=beatrice

Beatrice, NE: BSL to be proposed and voted on, March 21

The first hints of BSL in Beatrice arose exactly one year ago. The proposal categorizes all “pit bulls” as “potentially dangerous” dogs.

Beatrice city council will discuss the proposal during their meeting on March 21 at 7:00 PM in the City Council Chambers, Administration Building, 320 N 5th Street, Beatrice, NE.

Beatrice City Council, 400 Ella Street, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
(402) 228-5200
FAX (402) 228-2312

City Attorney feedback form: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=atty
City Clerk feedback form: http://www.beatrice.ne.gov/feedback.php?d=clrk
City Administrator Neal Niedfeldt, nniedfeldt@beatrice.ne.gov

Council to discuss new animal ordinance

Posted: Saturday, March 19, 2011 6:00 am

[…] While the ordinance wouldn’t ban people from having pit bulls as pets, it will require various breed-specific laws for pit bull owners.

City attorney Tobias Tempelmeyer said a major difference in the proposed ordinance is it would automatically classify pit bulls as “potentially-dangerous” animals.

“The ordinance does state that pit bulls will have the same guidelines that a potentially dangerous animal would have to follow,” Tempelmeyer said. “Basically, there’s a permit you have to get, registration and an insurance requirement.”[…]

Tempelmeyer worked with animal control officer Steve Bragg, City Council member David “Pede” Catlin and Humane Society executive director Gina Grone to put the ordinance together.

Tempelmeyer said Grone was not a supporter of the breed-specific portion of the ordinance.

“The Humane Society has made it clear that they don’t like that part, but they understand it and they’ll make their plea during the council meetings,” Tempelmeyer said. “I expect you’ll have some people that step up and voice their opinion one way or the other. (The ordinance) is by no means in its final form today. There will be an opportunity for council members to amend it. I’m sure somebody else is thinking of something that we maybe just haven’t addressed and it’ll give us an opportunity to amend it as needed.”

Tempelmeyer added the ordinance will likely be read at the next three council meetings before a final decision is made.[…]

In addition to breed-specific legislation, the proposed ordinance has a few other minor changes, most of which are clarifications.[…]

Full article retrieved 3/19/11 from http://www.beatricedailysun.com/news/local/article_13de26a4-51c4-11e0-989f-001cc4c03286.html

All alerts for Beatrice, NE: http://stopbsl.com/?s=beatrice

Blair, NE: BSL passed

Per the city clerk: “The ordinance passed and will become law (10) days from November 16, 2010.”

All alerts for Blair: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22blair%2C+ne%22

Read the ordinance here: http://www.blairnebraska.org/Pages/DangerousDog.htm

Sec. 6-132 PIT BULLS; LEASH AND MUZZLE REQUIRED. It shall be unlawful for any persons owning, harboring or having the care of a pit bull to permit such dog to be outdoors unless confined in a securely fenced yard or unless the dog is under the control of a person 19 years of age or older, restrained securely by a harness and leash no longer than six feet and properly muzzled to reasonably prevent the dog from biting. For purposes of this section, pit bull shall be defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentina, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog, or any dog displaying the majority of such physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds (more so than any other breed), or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. The A.K.C and U.K.C standards for the above breeds are on file at the City office.

Blair, NE: Council to hold 2nd/final reading on BSL, Nov 9

Thanks to Jodi for this update!

A proposed breed specific ordinance before the Blair, Nebraska city council passed a first reading on October 26, 2010.  The issue is back on the agenda for the November 9, 2010 city council meeting.  According to the tentative meeting agenda, it is slated for its Second and/or FINAL reading next Tuesday night.

If you are in or near the Blair area, PLEASE make every effort to attend the council meeting held at the city council chambers, 218 S. 16th Street at 7:00 p.m.

Please continue to send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Blair officials listed below.

Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street, Blair, Nebraska 68008
Ph (402) 426-4191 Fax (402) 426-4195
cityofblair@ci.blair.ne.us

James Realph, Mayor, jrealph@ci.blair.ne.us
Chris Jensen, Ward 1, cjensen@ci.blair.ne.us
John Abbott, Ward 1, jabbott@ci.blair.ne.us
Frank Wolff, Ward 2, fwolff@ci.blair.ne.us
Keith Christiansen, Ward 2, Council President, kchristiansen@ci.blair.ne.us
Gary Fanoele, Ward 3, gfanoele@ci.blair.ne.us
Hal Kephart, Ward 3, hkephart@ci.blair.ne.us
Marty Shepard, Ward 4, mshepard@ci.blair.ne.us

Text of the proposed ordinance:

Sec. 6-132 Pit Bulls: Leash and Muzzle Required. It shall be unlawful for any persons owning, harboring, or having the care of a pit bull to permit such dog to be outdoors unless confined in a securely fenced yard or unless the dog is under the control of a person 19 years of age or older, restrained securely by a harness and leash no longer than six feet and properly muzzled to reasonably prevent the dog from biting.
For the purposes of this section, pit bull shall be defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentina [sic], Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog, or any dog displaying the majority of such physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds (more so than any other breed), or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. The A.K.C. and U.K.C. standards for the above breeds are on file at the City office.

Read the entire proposal here.

All alerts for Blair: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22blair%2C+ne%22

Omaha, NE: Breed-specific law may relax for puppies

Omaha, NE has breed-specific restrictions that apply to “pit bulls,” defined as American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, Dogo Argentinos, Presa Canarios, Cane Corsos, American bulldogs, and any dog that resembles one of these breeds.

Currently, dogs of these breeds of any age must be muzzled, leashed, and harnessed when in public, unless the dog has passed a Canine Good Citizen test.

Previous alerts for Omaha, NE: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22omaha%2C+ne%22

On the consent agenda for City Council Meeting on November 2 at 2 PM:

31. Ord. to amend Sections 6-50 and 6-163 of the Omaha Municipal Code; to reduce redemption fees; to exempt pit bulls younger than 6 months of age from harness and muzzle requirements; and to provide an effective date

 Contact information for City Council: http://www.cityofomaha.org/citycouncil/contact-us

No muzzles for pit bull pups?

By Emily Nohr
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER

[…] Under one of the changes to be considered by the council, pit bulls ages six months or younger could be harness- and muzzle-free in public.

Pam Wiese, spokesperson for the Nebraska Humane Society, said pit bull puppies are prevented from socializing normally when constricted by a harness or muzzle.[…]

“To get a muzzle to fit a pit bull puppy, you would have to buy at least three different muzzle sizes,” she said.[…]

Full article retrieved 11/1/10 from http://www.omaha.com/article/20101101/NEWS01/711019934/1140