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Breckenridge Colorado is considering a breed discriminatory law

After a dog related incident that was attributed to a dog officials describe as “pit bull terrier”, officials in Breckenridge Colorado are investigating the possibility of enacting a breed discriminatory law.  The incident in question involved a dog on dog attack.

Though Colorado state law prohibits breed based laws, Denver had successfully sued against the state based on what is called home rule.  Denver won the case, effectively opening the door to a home rule city in Colorado being allowed to enact similar laws.

Simply put, home rule is a town charter that allows a municipality the right to self governance, independent of the laws of the state.

A report created by the chief of police mentions the ability of home rule jurisdictions to be able to pass these laws.

From the report:

In 2004, the State of Colorado passed a statute prohibiting municipalities from enacting breed specific bans. The City and County of Denver filed a civil complaint citing their ability as a Home Rule entity to enact and enforce legislation as a matter of local or jurisdictional concern. The District Court upheld the right of a Home Rule municipality “to regulate dangerous dogs within its community”.

This report appears to be an investigation of the other places in Colorado that have breed discriminatory laws in place.  There was no official recommendation but the report mentions a work session that was scheduled for September 10th.

Officials set up a survey for community feedback on the issue.

Under the item asking if a person feels some breeds are more dangerous than others, there are several breeds listed for people to indicate which dogs they feel are more dangerous.

The breeds listed are Doberman, Mastiff, German Shepherd, pit bull, Malamute, Chow, Rottweiler, Husky and an “other” category.

According to the minutes of the August 27th meeting, a council member raised the issue of the dog attack, which occurred during a cycling event.

This was taken directly from the minutes of that meeting,  “Mr. Gallagher mentioned the pit bull terrier incident on Hoosier Pass during the USA Pro Cycling Challenge. He stated he believes Breckenridge should get in front of the situation and do something about aggressive dogs in general and pit bulls in particular. Mayor Warner polled the Council on their thoughts about this issue and the decision was made to charge staff with identifying problem breeds and look to see what other communities have done regarding this issue.

The statement of “identifying problem breeds” implies what the survey backs up, that, should they continue down this path, they will be restricting multiple breeds, their mixes and look a likes.

The minutes from a subsequent meeting contain the following excerpt, “We would like to have a bigger discussion about dogs and people being irresponsible with their pets. Look for some more conversation in the community.”

Residents of Breckenridge should reach out now to their council members and ask that all dog owners be held to the same standards.  The importance of making sure that everyone in the community is safe from dangerous dogs of all kinds should be stressed.  Politely and respectfully oppose any breed discriminatory laws and point out their failure to improve public safety.  Since officials were looking at Denver, you can view information on Denver’s failure here: http://www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/state-by-state-information/co/denver

Breed neutral alternatives can be found here: https://stopbsl.org/alternatives-to-bsl/

There is no direct contact information available for the Mayor or the Town Council but there is an online contact form available on the cities website.

Saginaw, MI: BSL proposed (multiple breeds)

A Saginaw committee has presented a dangerous dog law that could restrict ownership of the following breeds (and mixes of these): “pit bull,” Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, Chow Chow, Great Dane, St. Bernard, and Presa Canario.

The restrictions would include special registration of a dangerous dog breed, special signage, and muzzles in public. Code enforcement would enforce the ordinance through increasing fines for infractions. It is not clear how dog breeds would be determined or whether there is any means of appeal.

The proposal will be considered at the council meeting on February 21 at 6:30 PM. The public is encouraged to speak about the proposal at council meetings, as there will be no special hearing.

Want to speak at the next meeting? Fill out and return this form by 1 PM on the day of the meeting: http://www.saginaw-mi.com/Government/Departments/CityClerk/Forms/Personal%20Appearance%20Request%20Form%20(City%20Council)%20-%20S.pdf

City of Saginaw City Hall, 1315 S. Washington Ave., Saginaw, MI 48601
Phone: (989) 759-1400
Fax: (989) 759-1607

Mayor Greg Branch, anngreg@chartermi.net
Amos O’Neal, amossam@charter.net
Dennis Browning, dbrowning125@charter.net
Dan Fitzpatrick, dlfitz@ameritech.net or danfitzpatrickonline@gmail.com
Larry Coulouris, lcoulouris@yahoo.com
Amanda Kitterman-Miller, akitterman@spsd.net
Dr. William “Bill” Scharffe, drbills@charter.net
Paul Virciglio, Ptvirciglio90@charter.net
Andrew Wendt, wendtmsu93@yahoo.com

As the council seems determined to do something about their dog problems, please provide reasonable alternatives for consideration by the council.

Saginaw crafts ‘dangerous dogs’ ordinance including pit bulls; measure could fine owners, oust pets from animal-heavy homes

Published: Sunday, January 16, 2011, 4:06 AM

By Justin L. Engel | The Saginaw News

SAGINAW — Dog owners may be restricted to no more than three pet pooches, buy licenses for them and face fines if they don’t register dogs that are on Saginaw’s list of the most dangerous canines.

The Saginaw City Council in the coming weeks likely will vote on the “dangerous dogs” ordinance that’s been in the works since August. Council members could review the new rules Feb. 21 meeting and enact them by April 1.[…]

A Saginaw committee organized by Mayor Greg Branch continues to debate which breeds to list.[…]

When the council introduces the ordinance, bylaws rule the council must wait at least two weeks before voting.

While there will be no public hearings, Herman said citizens can sign up to speak in front of the council to voice concerns or show support.[…]

Full article retrieved 1/16/11 from http://www.mlive.com/news/saginaw/index.ssf/2011/01/saginaw_to_consider_dangerous.html

All alerts for Saginaw: http://stopbsl.com/?s=saginaw

Butte-Silver Bow, MT: BSL proposed (11 breeds and mixes)

In addition to BSL for “pit bulls,” Butte-Silver Bow will consider BSL for the following proposed “dangerous” breeds: pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds, Siberian huskies, Alaskan malamutes, Doberman pinschers, chow chows, Presa Canarios, boxers, Dalmatians, Akita and any mixed-breed dog whose “features are predominantly of these breeds.”

Council meets at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the courthouse, 155 W. Granite.

Previous alerts for Butte-Silver Bow: http://stopbsl.com/?s=butte-silver+bow

To email all commissioners, go to: http://www.bsb.mt.gov/employees/EmpDetail.asp?emp_id=372

Butte-Silver Bow, 155 West Granite Street, Butte, MT 59701
Telephone: (406) 497-6200
FAX: (406) 497-6328

Butte man calls for tougher dog laws

By Justin Post of The Montana Standard
Posted: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 3:00 am

The ordinances Banderob has proposed would require the owners of “dangerous” dog breeds or crossbreeds to procure $50,000 in liability insurance and create a dangerous/vicious animal public safety committee.

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