Category Archives: Tennessee

Springfield, TN: Retroactive BSL vote deferred

Jodi from Bless the Bullys has a detailed update on Springfield, TN here: http://blessthebullys.wordpress.com/2011/10/19/update-springfield-tn/

The council was considering a new retroactive registration fee for “pit bull” owners, on top of its current breed-specific ordinance. After strong community feedback against the retroactive fee and the breed-specific ordinance in general, the council deferred a vote on the fee and also said they may consider revamping the dog ordinance in a breed-neutral direction.

Jodi’s summary of the council meeting is a worthy read, especially if you are fighting BSL in your area and you need some ideas about how it’s done.

All alerts for Springfield, TN: http://stopbsl.com/?s=springfield%2C+tn

Springfield, TN: Hearing on breed-specific restrictions, Oct 18

Thanks to Jodi for this update on Springfield!

A public hearing on a proposal to make “pit bull” owners pay a retroactive registration fee will take place on October 18 at 6:30 PM at City Hall, 405 North Main Street, Springfield, TN.

Contact info for Springfield, TN city officials
City Hall, 405 North Main Street, Springfield, Tennessee 37172
615.382.2200

The second reading of a proposed amendment to the existing pit bull ordinance in Springfield, TN is tomorrow, Tuesday, October 18, 2011. The city council has decided to add a registration fee to the ordinance that has been in effect since 2001. The registration fee would be retroactive.

Opposing the proposed registration fee may seem insignificant, but in reality, its a matter of principal. As noted above, the ordinance has been in effect since 2001. Residents have already complied with all the city’s requirements in order to keep their dogs. Now the city wants to target them even further by tacking on an additional fee?

A public hearing on the proposed amendment will be held immediately prior to the city council meeting tomorrow. Meetings take place at City Hall, 405 North Main Street in Springfield, and begin at 7:30 p.m. The public hearing will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us tomorrow in order to show a strong, unified position against adding additional regulations to an already biased and cumbersome ordinance.

All alerts for Springfield, TN: http://stopbsl.com/?s=springfield%2C+tn

Springfield, TN: New ordinance adds to current BSL

Springfield, TN, already has BSL for “pit bull” owners. The city intends to add another breed-specific ordinance to the current BSL—a special $50 registration fee.

Update 10/6/11: Bless the Bullys reports that the fee would be retroactive. Next city council meeting: October 18.

Ordinance Would Charge Fee For Pitbulls

Posted: Oct 03, 2011 4:31 PM CDT
by Amanda Hara

Springfield, Tenn. – The City of Springfield already requires pit bulls to be registered, muzzled and leashed at all times and registered on a city database, but those rules could soon become stricter.

City Manager Paul Nutting says a new ordinance will likely pass requiring owners to pay a 50 dollar registration fee for their pit bull. […]

City Manager Paul Nutting said the ordinance passed its first reading and will likely pass its third and final reading no later than November.

Full article retrieved 10/5/11 from http://www.newschannel5.com/story/15607080/ordinance-would-charge-fee-for-pitbulls

Contact info for Springfield, TN city officials
City Hall, 405 North Main Street, Springfield, Tennessee 37172
615.382.2200

Kenton, TN: BSL passed

Thanks to Jodi for this update.

Very disappointing, yet not surprising, news out of Kenton, Tennessee. According to the city clerk, at last night’s Board of Aldermen meeting, city officials passed an ordinance regulating the ownership of pit bulls and rottweilers. It was my understanding that the ordinance required three readings, and last night would have been the second reading. However, the clerk assured me that the ordinance was passed and will go into effect.

As is common in small, rural Tennessee towns, two votes were taken in one night to push the ordinance through and limit opposition to the same. Kenton dog owners affected by this ordinance are encouraged to challenge its passing.

Jodi

All alerts for Kenton: http://stopbsl.com/?s=kenton

Kenton, TN: Second vote on BSL, June 7

Thanks to Jodi for keeping tabs on this one!

The Kenton board of aldermen is expected to take a second vote on an ordinance that would regulate the ownership of pit bulls and rottweilers tomorrow night (Tuesday, June 7, 2011). The Board unanimously passed the first vote last month.

It should be noted that Kenton has neither an animal control department or an animal shelter.

My attempts at communication with the mayor and Board members have been unsuccessful. In addition, the only information I could get from the city clerk is that the problem appears to be “city wide,” as opposed to a problem with a few specific dog owners.

We really need our friends in the Northwest Tennessee and Southwest Kentucky areas to please attend the meeting tomorrow night! The meeting begins at 7pm in the Conference Room of City Hall, and you DO need to contact the city clerk to be put on the agenda if you would like to address the Board.

In the meantime, please take a moment to make a telephone call or send your letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Kenton city officials. You can send all written correspondence to the city clerk with a polite request to forward to the mayor and each Board member.

Kenton City Hall, 108 N Poplar, St # A, Kenton, TN 38233-1247
(731) 749-5767 ‎
Fax: (731) 749-5885
email: cityofkenton@ken-tennwireless.com

All alerts for Kenton: http://stopbsl.com/?s=kenton

 

Kenton, TN: BSL passes first reading

Thanks to Jodi for this alert!

The town of Kenton, Tennessee has proposed an ordinance that would target “pit bulls” and rottweilers. The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen unanimously approved the first reading on Tuesday night. Three readings are required to approve the proposal as law.

The current city ordinance is being revised because members of the board have voiced concerns that vicious dogs in the city. If approved, the ordinance would “provide residents with more protection because they can to report vicious dogs to the Kenton Police Department,” which leads me to question whether or not the small town even has an animal control officer.

Please send your POLITE, RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE letters in opposition to breed specific legislation to the Kenton city officials. Individual contact information is not available for the mayor or board members, but you may send information to the city clerk with a polite request to distribute to each member of the board.

Kenton is a small town of approximately 1,500 people located in Gibson County. Town meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm in the Conference Room of City Hall.

Kenton City Hall, 108 N Poplar St # A, Kenton, TN 38233-1247
(731) 749-5767 ‎
Fax: (731) 749-5885
email: cityofkenton@wiwt.com

Revised Kenton ordinance takes aim at vicious dogs

By: Kevin Bowden, Staff Reporter
Posted: Thursday, May 5, 2011 9:55 pm

Vicious dogs in Kenton are the target of a new city ordinance that was approved Tuesday night on the first of three readings.

The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen unanimously approved the first reading of Ordinance No. 2011-2.

The city ordinance was originally put into place in 2005, but is being revised to target vicious dogs, and specifically pit bulls, rotweillers and mixes of the two breeds. […]

Full article retrieved 5/6/11 from http://www.nwtntoday.com/news.php?viewStory=55820

McMinnville, TN: Breed ban proposed

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
http://www.blessthebullys.com

City of McMinnville, 101 East Main Street, PO Box 7088, McMinnville, TN 37111
City Recorder Shirley Durham, sdurham@mcminnvilletenn.com
ity Administrator David Rutherford, drutherford@mcminnvilletenn.com
ayor Norman Rone, 931-473-1200
Vice Mayor Bobby Kirby, bobbykirby@blomand.net
lderman Rick Barnes, 931-473-1200
Alderman Everitt Brock, 931-473-7155
Alderwoman Clair Cochran, cccochran@blomand.net
lderman Jimmy Haley, 931-668-5858 ext 249
Alderman Billy Wood, 931-473-1200
Public Works Bill Brock, publicworks@mcminnvilletenn.com

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