Category Archives: Utah

Taylorsville, UT: Council decides against BSL

Taylorsville city council and residents have been “discussing pit bulls” for a few weeks, leading some to worry that the city was considering BSL or a breed ban. The Deseret News has now clarified that the council is not interested in BSL.

No pit bull ban in Taylorsville

Published: Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 4:52 p.m. MST

TAYLORSVILLE — There will be no ban on pit bulls in Taylorsville. City officials decided not to develop an ordinance to outlaw pit bull breeds. Instead, Taylorsville will try to strengthen its existing vicious animal ordinances.

Several weeks ago a resident spoke at a council meeting, asking city council members to ban pit bulls. After considering the issue, civic leaders stated they were not interested in breed-specific restrictions, but tightening their current vicious animal ordinance would be a suitable option. […]

Full article retrieved 11/20/11 from http://www.deseretnews.com/article/705394659/No-pit-bull-ban-in-Taylorsville.html

Mayor and City Council contact info
rwall@taylorsvilleut.gov; bcatlin@taylorsvilleut.gov; mpratt@taylorsvilleut.gov; jrechtenbach@taylorsvilleut.gov; dbarbour@taylorsvilleut.gov; ljohnson@taylorsvilleut.gov

All alerts for Taylorsville: http://stopbsl.com/?s=taylorsville

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Taylorsville, UT reminder: Council will “discuss pit bulls,” Nov 9

Taylorsville, UT city council will “discuss pit bulls” during their work session on November 9 at 6 pm, 2600 W Taylorsville Blvd, Room 140. West Valley Animal Services will also give a quarterly report at that time. It is not clear what the council discussion or Animal Services report will entail.

Because it is a work session, the council will not make any decisions, and the public may not comment. However, residents may wish to attend the work session to get a feel for the council’s intent with regards to possible breed-specific legislation.

The next city council meeting with a public comment opportunity will be on November 16.

All alerts for Taylorsville, UT: http://stopbsl.com/?s=taylorsville

Taylorsville, UT: Council will “discuss pit bulls,” Nov 9

Last night, the Taylorsville, UT city council heard a number of comments from residents for and against a possible breed-specific law or breed ban targeting “pit bulls.”

According to the city council coordinator, the city council will “discuss pit bulls” again during their work session on November 9 at 6 pm, 2600 W Taylorsville Blvd, Room 140. West Valley Animal Services will also give a quarterly report at that time. It is not clear what the council discussion or Animal Services report will entail. Because it is a work session, the council will not make any decisions, and the public may not comment. However, residents may wish to attend the work session to get a feel for the council’s intent with regards to possible breed-specific legislation.

The next city council meeting with a public comment opportunity will be on November 16.

Because we do not know the council’s intent and there is no official proposal, please keep your correspondence polite, respectful, and educational.

Mayor and City Council contact info
rwall@taylorsvilleut.gov; bcatlin@taylorsvilleut.gov; mpratt@taylorsvilleut.gov; jrechtenbach@taylorsvilleut.gov; dbarbour@taylorsvilleut.gov; ljohnson@taylorsvilleut.gov

Thanks to SLCo Pit Crew for the initial alert. If there is a local who is able to track this issue, StopBSL would appreciate updates.

Morgan County, UT: County repeals 15-year-old breed ban

Morgan County, UT, had a breed ban in place since 1996. After a resident in the county adopted a mixed-breed dog from a shelter, and was subsequently told by animal control that he had to get rid of the “pit bull” or produce DNA evidence that showed otherwise, the resident took his case to the county council and asked them to repeal the breed ban.

The county council has now decided to repeal the ban, in part citing difficulties with enforcement and breed identification, and acknowledging that the definition of “pit bull” is subjective and vague.

Please thank the county council for doing the right thing!
Contact info for council:
tkelley@morgan-county.net; lnelson@morgan-county.net; hhansen@morgan-county.net; rkippen@morgan-county.net; dmathews@morgan-county.net; rkilmer@morgan-county.net; nmecham@morgan-county.net

Man fights Morgan County rule outlawing pit bulls

By Deanne Winterton
Standard-Examiner correspondent
Sat, 10/08/2011 – 10:43pm

MORGAN — When Morgan resident Braydon Deru got a dog from the Davis Animal Shelter, he didn’t think a Morgan County animal control officer would come knocking on his door, telling him he had to get rid of it.[…]

“Recent legal research says there is no such thing as a recognized pit bull breed,” said County Attorney Jann Farris. “We don’t want to fight it if there’s no such thing as a pit bull. It’s hard to enforce (with) the way ours is written.” […]

Full article retrieved 10/22/11 from http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/10/08/man-fights-morgan-county-rule-outlawing-pit-bulls

Morgan changes rule banning pit bulls

By Deanne Winterton
Standard-Examiner correspondent
Fri, 10/21/2011 – 11:16pm

MORGAN — The Morgan County Council has voted to change breed-specific language in its animal control code.

“It doesn’t take any teeth out of our ordinance for things such as dog bites,” said Morgan County Attorney Jann Farris. “It takes away breed-specific rules we have for pit bulls.” […]

Full article retrieved 10/22/11 from http://www.standard.net/stories/2011/10/21/morgan-changes-rule-banning-pit-bulls

Ogden, UT: Breed-specific language dropped

Thanks to Ed for this update!

Ogden press release retrieved 1/16/11 from http://citydocs.ogdencity.com/FileGetter/getFile.aspx?Doc=00011928.PDF&Key=A470D7FCDF5D838B700C58E962D05C89B198E863&save=true:

COUNCIL TO CONSIDER ANIMAL ORDINANCE AMENDMENTS WITHOUT BREED SPECIFIC LANGUAGE

After much discussion and public input, the Ogden City Council will consider additions to the City’s dangerous dog ordinance that will not include breed specific language.

A copy of the proposed ordinance is available online (click here).

These changes are being considered as an alternative to regulations previously considered that would have applied specifically to pit bulls.

The Council will consider the proposed ordinance during its January 25, 2011 City Council meeting, which begins at 6:00 p.m. The public will have the opportunity to provide input, with comments being limited to three (3) minutes.

Please note new signage has been posted allowing only ADA Service Dogs access to Council meeting rooms.

For any additional information, please contact Janene Eller-Smith, Ogden City Council Policy Analyst, janeneeller@ogdencity.com; 801-629-8165.



All alerts for Ogden: http://stopbsl.com/?s=ogden

Ogden, UT: Council gets feedback about proposed BSL (multiple articles)

Previous alerts for Ogden: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22ogden%2C+ut%3A%22

Residents: Profiling pit bulls doesn’t work / Opponent: Ogden would trample 4th Amendment with inspections without proof dog is a danger

Last updated Tuesday, September 28, 2010 – 11:36pm

OGDEN — If passed, the ordinance would call for pit bull owners to carry $25,000 in liability insurance coverage, have their dogs licensed and microchipped, and keep the dogs in a secure kennel or fully fenced yard and on an adequate leash when not confined.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.standard.net/topics/features/2010/09/28/residents-profiling-pit-bulls-doesnt-work-opponent-ogden-would-trample-4t

Ogden revisits pit bull restriction ordinance proposal

FOX 13 News
11:18 PM MDT, September 28, 2010

OGDEN, Utah – The city of Ogden is revisiting a proposal regarding pit bull dog ownership restrictions that were scrapped last year after a major public outcry. The proposal is back and was the center of a discussion at a city council meeting Tuesday evening.

Council members said the meeting was all about fact finding. But the city council already has drafted a ordinance outline called the “Dangerous Dog” ordinance, that would place restrictions on the ownership of pit bulls. The restrictions and regulations that some pit bull owners say simply are not fair. The Best Friends Animal Society calls it discrimination.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.fox13now.com/news/kstu-ogden-revisits-pitbull-restriction-proposal,0,838826.story

Ogden’s proposed pitbull ordinance

Reported by: Annie Cutler
Last Update: 2:39 am

OGDEN, Utah (ABC 4 News) – The proposed regulations include requiring a $25,000 liability insurance, implanting a microchip ID in the dogs, establishing stricter confinement and leash requirements, and making it a Class B misdemeanor for any violations.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.abc4.com/content/news/top%20stories/story/Ogdens-proposed-pitbull-ordinance/UCBYXC7laUG7024XZiqgdA.cspx

Ogden, UT reminder: BSL work session, Sept 28

Packet of presenters’ material is now available online here: http://citydocs.ogdencity.com/FileGetter/getFile.aspx?Doc=00011598.PDF&Key=B456A239AA6BF2B2404652AB17E6B45D49457E80&save=true

The Ogden City Council will hold a Fact Finding Work Session on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 to discuss a proposed ordinance regulating pit bulls.

The meeting will begin directly after the City Council Meeting which begins at 6:00 p.m. It will be held in the Ogden City Council Chambers, Room 340, at the Ogden Municipal Building on 2549 Washington Boulevard.

This Fact Finding session is designed as a forum for education and discussion regarding the proposed ordinance. Presenters from the Administration and the community will share their varying perspectives and experience on the subject…

Citizens will then have the opportunity to express their ideas and views, with comments being limited to three (3) minutes. Comment cards will also be available and submitted comments will be distributed to members of the City Council.

View the proposed ordinance here: http://citydocs.ogdencity.com/FileGetter/getFile.aspx?Doc=00011564.PDF&Key=1ABEFACC4CCEDA476679B3F300921C03156E4CE0

City Council contact information
Council Office Main Line (801) 629-8153
Email the entire city council: http://www.ogdencity.com/contact_us.aspx?subject=City Council Microsite Correspondence&did={49F5D794-D021-415F-80C3-C1E6FA8C10E6}

Previous alerts and more info:

http://stopbsl.com/2010/09/14/ogden-ut-bsl-work-session-sept-28/
http://stopbsl.com/2009/07/11/reminder-ogden-ut-council-will-not-vote/
http://stopbsl.com/2009/06/19/ogden-ut-pit-bull-owners-say-ordinance-discriminates/
http://stopbsl.com/2009/04/15/ogden-ut-pit-bull-ban-to-be-discussed-by-city-council-june-18-530-pm/
http://stopbsl.com/2009/04/02/ogden-ut-ogden-delays-pit-bull-debate/
http://stopbsl.com/2009/03/29/ogden-ut-bsl-proposed/