Category Archives: Nebraska

Blair, NE: BSL proposed, first reading Oct 26

Blair city council will consider a breed-specific ordinance during its city council meeting on Oct. 26 at 7 PM in City Council Chambers, 218 S. 16th Street.

Contact info for Blair city hall:
Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street, Blair, Nebraska 68008
Ph (402) 426-4191 Fax (402) 426-4195
City Hall Contact Form:

On the agenda:

4. Consider an ordinance regarding amending the Blair Municipal Code in reference to Dogs and Cats and Dangerous Dogs.
a. Introduction of ordinance
b. Recommendation for any amendments from the Police Committee.
c. Comments from the floor or in writing.

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:

Residents question if new dog ordinance is strict enough

10/15/2010 9:15:00 AM 
[…]Straube and her husband, Bill, had asked the city to consider banning pit bulls in town. The proposed new ordinance requires that pit bulls and similar breeds be kept in a securely fenced yard or be on a leash and muzzled if they are outside the fence, but does not ban them.

[…] The city council plans to consider the new pet regulations on first reading at its Oct. 26 meeting. By law, the ordinance must be approved at three different meetings, unless that rule is waived by the council.

Full article retrieved 10/24/10 from

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Blair, NE: Whispers of BSL

The headline is the only suggestion that Blair may consider breed-specific legislation; however, Blair officials could use information and suggestions about strengthening their dangerous dog law without the perils of BSL.

The Blair city council meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p,m. at Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th St.

James Realph, Mayor,
Chris Jensen, Ward 1,
John Abbott, Ward 1,
Frank Wolff, Ward 2,
Keith Christiansen, Ward 2, Council President,
Gary Fanoele, Ward 3,
Hal Kephart, Ward 3,
Marty Shepard, Ward 4,

Blair City Hall, 218 South 16th Street, Blair, Nebraska 68008
Ph (402) 426-4191 Fax (402) 426-4195

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Blair considers pit bull law

By Kevin Cole

An attack on a Labrador retriever by two pit bulls is prompting Blair officials to look at enacting an ordinance aimed at dangerous dogs.

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Lincoln, NE: Non-breed-specific dog law proposed

Well over a year since Lincoln first started revising their dangerous dog laws, and BSL was first suggested, the new ordinance will not be breed-specific.

Previous alerts for Lincoln:

Lincoln To Tighten Leash on Dangerous Dog Owners

The Lincoln City Council will hear public testimony on changes to its dangerous dog ordinance Monday afternoon.

Posted: 10:53 PM Jul 11, 2010
Reporter: Keller Russell
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Lincoln’s Dangerous Dog Ordinance Amendments

The changes the council is considering have more to do with a dog’s owner, than the dog. What you will find missing from the ordinance language; specific breeds.

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Beatrice, NE: Whispers of BSL (“pit bull” ban)

Thanks to Jodi for this alert:

Beatrice, Nebraska city councilman Jason Moore brought up the issue of banning “any dog that is part pit bull” in the city limits. His suggestion was not well received, however, Moore says he plans to draft an ordinance and present it to the council at some time in the future.

No ordinance has been formally proposed or presented at this time. We may want to send the city officials some factual information to refute the information provided by Councilman Moore, and perhaps some strong generic dangerous dog ordinances for their consideration, as well.


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

City council member suggests pit bull ban

By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer
Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 9:55 am

At Monday night’s work session for the Beatrice City Council, council member Jason Moore brought up … pit bulls within the city.

Moore suggested … the council impose a citywide ban on any dog that is part pit bull.

Full story retrieved March 23, 2010 from

Lincoln, NE: Some council members want dangerous dog ordinance beefed up

Update 11/18/09:

The health department and the animal control hope to have a solid proposal for the Lincoln City Council in January.[…]

Post from 10/14/09:

There has been a lot of talk about new dog ordinances in Lincoln, but no action. It’s unclear what will be proposed. Early reports suggested BSL or a ban, but more recent reports have dismissed that idea.

Previous alerts on Lincoln:

Nebraska state law was recently strengthened in regards to dangerous dogs:

Please send polite, informative, respectful correspondence, including viable non-breed-specific options and ordinances, to the city council for consideration.

City Council Office
County-City Building, 555 S. 10th Street, Lincoln, NE 68508
OFFICE #:  (402) 441-7515
FAX #:     (402) 441-6533
e-mail (no response):
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City Council Members’ individual contact information:

Please note:  During the Open Microphone Session of the agenda, individuals are allowed a total of 5 minutes to speak regardless of number of topics. The Open Microphone Session is available on the 2nd & last Monday of each month.

Deena Winter: Some council members want dangerous dog ordinance beefed up

Posted: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 1:00 am

[…] At an informal council hearing Monday, Spatz pressed health officials to speed up their months-long process of looking at cracking down on the owners of dogs that bite people. The city already has a dangerous dog ordinance, but health officials are considering beefing it up by increasing fines, citing owners of first-time offenders and other measures.[…]

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Omaha, NE: Results of “dangerous dog crackdown”

Several news media channels covered the following information, which is being touted as “proof” of the “success” of Omaha’s new dangerous dog laws, which include restrictions on “pit bulls.”

This “success” is apparently being measured not by any change in the number of dog bites occurring, but by the number of citations being written for things like lack of liability insurance or muzzle.

NHS Releases Numbers On Dangerous Dog Crackdown

Dozens of pit bull owners cited

Posted: 3:01 PM Jul 7, 2009
Reporter: WOWT
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A report from the Nebraska Humane Society released Tuesday summarizes progress made on the dangerous dog crackdown in Omaha over the past six months.

From January to the end of June, 90 citations were issued to pit bull owners for not having proof of insurance. Ninety citations were also handed out to owners whose pit bulls were not muzzled, on a harness or were wearing a leash that was too long.[…]

Full article retrieved 7/8/09 from

Dog Owners Say They Feel Safer Amid Enforcement

Humane Society Cites Hundreds In 6 Months

UPDATED: 6:27 pm CDT July 7, 2009

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Humane Society said Omaha’s dog ordinance is working better than expected after hundreds of dog owners have been ticketed for various violations in six months.[…]

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Omaha, NE: New Year Brings New Dog Laws (BSL goes into effect)

New Year Brings New Dog Laws

Posted: Jan 1, 2009 04:49 PM CST
Updated: Jan 1, 2009 04:49 PM CST
Julie Hong

OMAHA (KPTM)- The new year brings new laws and Omaha pit bull owners must now obey the final piece of the city’s dangerous dog ordinance that goes into effect January 1, 2009.

[…] The Humane Society says so far 27 owners have complied with all the stipulations to opt out of the muzzle requirement so far.[…]

Full article retrieved 1/2/09 from