Update 11/10/10: Thanks to Jodi for keeping tabs on this! The city received a LOT of public feedback, including breed-neutral options. As a result, they are postponing discussions until they can review all of the material. A breed ban does not seem likely. Thanks to everyone who wrote and spoke to the city–you all made a difference!
The first reading of an animal control ordinance is on the agenda for TONIGHT’S (November 9, 2010) city council meeting. While the below article indicates the city is considering a breed specific ordinance, the agenda is not specific as to what the proposed ordinance being discussed consists of. Regardless, anyone in the area is encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 101 E. Main Street, Second Floor, Board Room.
November 9, 2010 Agenda
(d.) Ordinance No. 1630, an ordinance to amend Title 10 Animal Control of the McMinnville Municipal Code by repealing and deleting it in its entirety and enacting and adopting a new Title 10 Animal Control; to repeal any provision in the Code of Ordinances in conflict with this ordinance; to provide for a severability clause; and to set the time when the ordinance becomes effective. First reading.
In the meantime,please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the city officials below. E-mail information is not available for all the city officials, however, you can send your correspondence to the City Recorder with a polite request to please forward to the mayor and aldermen.
Please also encourage the city officials to reach out to nearby Tullahoma who chose to enact an excellent generic dangerous dog ordinance rather than pass BSL a few years ago. Tullahoma has had great success with their ordinance.
Jodi Preis, Bless the Bullys
City of McMinnville, 101 East Main Street, PO Box 7088, McMinnville, TN 37111
City Recorder Shirley Durham, firstname.lastname@example.org
ity Administrator David Rutherford, email@example.com
ayor Norman Rone, 931-473-1200
Vice Mayor Bobby Kirby, firstname.lastname@example.org
lderman Rick Barnes, 931-473-1200
Alderman Everitt Brock, 931-473-7155
Alderwoman Clair Cochran, email@example.com
lderman Jimmy Haley, 931-668-5858 ext 249
Alderman Billy Wood, 931-473-1200
Public Works Bill Brock, firstname.lastname@example.org
McMinnville Seeks Strict Pit Bull Ordinance
Ordinance Would Ban Breed Within City Limits
Reported By Cynthia Williams
POSTED: 5:13 pm CST November 8, 2010
UPDATED: 7:24 pm CST November 8, 2010
McMINNVILLE, Tenn. — Pit bull owner Jennifer Barrickman, of McMinnville, said her 4-month-old rescue pit bull is playful and gentle, but McMinnville city officials are considering breed-specific-legislation that would place strict regulations on pit bull owners like her.[…]
If the ordinance passes, it will be illegal for people to own a pit bull other or so-called vicious dogs within the McMinnville city limits.[…]
Full article retrieved 11/9/10 from http://www.wsmv.com/news/25676950/detail.html