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Buffalo, MO: Resident asks aldermen for breed ban

A resident has asked Buffalo city aldermen for a ban on “pit bulls.” This article describes the incidents that sparked the resident’s request; it seems evident that this is not a “pit bull” problem at all, but rather, a lack of enforcement of current laws.

The aldermen agreed to have the city attorney look into the matter, and may consider an ordinance similar to the one in Springfield, MO—a city that recently touted the “success” of their BSL even though their own statistics clearly show that dog bites have not decreased (and meanwhile, they have killed 1500 dogs simply for looking like “pit bulls”).

Contact information for city officials:
City Hall, 102 N. Poplar, Buffalo, MO 65622
ph: 417-345-2701
fax 417-345-2700
Although there is no email contact, you may fax correspondence to aldermen. Some websites, like FaxZero, offer free online fax services.

Buffalo aldermen asked to ban pit bulls in city limits

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:36 am
Mary Morris marym@buffaloreflex.com

[… Resident Don] Payton addressed the Buffalo Board of Aldermen at its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 9, and asked for an ordinance to prohibit the dogs from being present in the city.

“These dogs are vicious. They’re cruel and they don’t belong in the city of Buffalo,” he said.[…]

Mead and alderman Bob Whetsten said the city may consider alternatives similar to Springfield’s regulations to address breed-specific concerns in Buffalo after consulting with the city attorney. […]

Full article retrieved 1/12/12 from http://buffaloreflex.com/news/buffalo-aldermen-asked-to-ban-pit-bulls-in-city-limits/article_20fa4dac-3c7b-11e1-b32e-001871e3ce6c.html

The Buffalo Reflex has written an editorial opposing a breed ban or breed-specific restrictions: http://buffaloreflex.com/opinion/breed-banning-bites/article_99622eba-3c92-11e1-88ec-0019bb2963f4.html

And there is currently a poll on the homepage of the Buffalo Reflex (and on their Facebook page as well) asking whether aldermen should consider a ban on pit bulls: http://buffaloreflex.com/

Chicago, IL: Whispers of BSL

Over the last several days, the news media in Chicago has ramped up coverage of “pit bull”-related incidents (including this incident where a loose dog “confronted” a city worker—hardly newsworthy if it were any other type of dog) and has been running various headlines suggesting a pit bull ban in the works.

Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti was initially quoted in the media as saying he would consider a breed ban or breed-specific restrictions. He has now modified his stance and no longer seems interested in BSL (read full article “Bad Dogs: Nature vs. Nurture” here):

“Clearly, everybody is outraged and horrified by this incident,” said Ald. Robert Fioretti (2nd), whose ward in the South Loop and West Loop has a number of dogs and dog-friendly areas. He said his office this week has fielded calls, emails and texts from residents asking about stronger laws and urging a ban on pit bulls. “Whenever an incident occurs, we don’t want to have a knee-jerk reaction. We want to have something that is comprehensive, well thought-out and increases public safety.”

Fioretti plans to introduce a resolution at the City Council meeting Jan. 18 to explore ways to make pet owners more responsible for their pets. He wants the city to look at the laws in place and how they’re enforced. He also said he wants the council to examine how other cities and states handle the issue and discuss ways to strengthen Chicago’s rules.

“Is banning breeds the answer? I think this City Council has looked at it in the past and they said no,” Fioretti said.

Another alderman, George Cardenas, has posted this on his Facebook wall: “As Chairman of health and the enviroment for the city I will call for hearings but this time on a serious push on protecting people either a ban or much tighter control. They are sweet, I understand but are also vicious in the wrong hands. The point is that these dogs [pit bulls] have become dangerous weapons and the public must be protected, bottom line.”

After around thirty (mostly opposing) responses to his post, Cardenas posted a reply: “I get it but you see my point that something has to be done. Seriously, how many people will choose not to use the park anymore? or get close to a dog or an animal for that purpose? We may have to include criminal penalties for dog owners if their dog does harm to someone. We need to talk about this and the find the right balance.”

A recent letter to the editor in the Chicago Tribune provided insight as to why some citizens are, according to Fioretti, calling Chicago lawmakers’ offices to ask for a pit bull ban or restrictions on ownership. It indicates several factors influencing public perception, including media over-saturation of “pit bull” incidents, notions of “pit bulls” as “different from other breeds,” and the belief that “pit bulls” are “biologically capable of doing great harm,” unlike other breeds of dogs.

Chicago considered a pit bull ban several years ago, but it did not get far. The city has a number of well-organized and outspoken animal advocacy groups that have opposed BSL in the past and will continue to do so. Also, Chicago has 50 aldermen, making it difficult to get enough support to pass something that is highly controversial. And finally, considering that the two aldermen who were most outspoken for pit bull restrictions two days ago appear to no longer be interested, we suspect that the whispers of BSL will drift along on news media-driven hype for a while before fading away.

But even if BSL is not proposed, it seems that Chicago may need some effective breed-neutral animal ordinances, better enforcement of those ordinances, and public education about responsible dog ownership. We encourage Chicago residents to get involved in the discussions regarding dogs and dog ownership, to ensure that proposals are breed-neutral, effective, and reasonable.

Contact your alderman here and let him or her know where you stand on breed-specific laws and breed-neutral dog ownership laws: http://chicago.legistar.com/People.aspx
Here is a cut-and-paste list of all email addresses for aldermen (thanks to Kat for compiling it)—please note not all aldermen have published email addresses.
ward45@cityofchicago.org, caustin@cityofchicago.org, jbalcer@cityofchicago.org, ward09@cityofchicago.org, ward21@cityofchicago.org, eburke@cityofchicago.org, wburnett@cityofchicago.org, ward04@cityofchicago.org, info@james46.org, ward12@cityofchicago.org, Willie.Cochran@cityofchicago.org, ward35@cityofchicago.org, Pat.Dowell@cityofchicago.org, jason.ervin@cityofchicago.org, Robert.Fioretti@cityofchicago.org, Toni.Foulkes@cityofchicago.org, lhairston@cityofchicago.org, mharris@cityofchicago.org, ward07@cityofchicago.org, ward18@cityofchicago.org, mlaurino@cityofchicago.org, rmell@cityofchicago.org, emitts@cityofchicago.org, ward49@cityofchicago.org, ward01@cityofchicago.org, Ward22@cityofchicago.org, pjoconnor@cityofchicago.org, harry@48thward.org, info@chicago47.org, jpope@cityofchicago.org, ward30@cityofchicago.org, Brendan.Reilly@cityofchicago.org, service@6thwardchicago.com, info@50thwardchicago.com, yourvoice@ward43.org, info@dannysolis.org, rsuarez@cityofchicago.org, lrthomas@cityofchicago.org, JoAnn.Thompson@cityofchicago.org, ttunney@cityofchicago.org, info@ward32.org, mzalewski@cityofchicago.org

Attend the next council meeting, at which Alderman Fioretti intends to introduce a resolution to review current dog ordinances: January 18, 10:00 AM, City Council Chambers, City Hall, Chicago.

Here are just a few of the advocacy groups you could join to help Chicago become safer, smarter, and more humane.
Facebook group Chicagoans Against Breed Discrimination: http://www.facebook.com/groups/333987873287243/
Safe Humane Chicago:
PAWS Chicago:

Union, MS: Breed ban passed

The town of Union, MS, has passed a ban on “the breed of dog commonly known as a pit bulldog” as well as “pit bulldog mixes,” according to the front page of the Newton County Appeal from Wednesday, September 21. The city may consider banning other breeds in addition to the vague and undefined “pit bulldog.”

Pit bulls banned in Union

by Jack Tennehill, Appeal Editor

Pit bulls have been outlawed in Union.

Meeting in a specially called meeting last Tuesday night, the aldermen voted unanimously to pass an ordinance that would ban “the breed of dog commonly known as the ‘Pit Bulldog.'”

The new measure would also ban what it terms as a “Pit Bulldog Mix.”

The ordinance which would go into effect in October, does not make any provision for the dogs to be penned or leashed. It is specific in calling for their removal from the city limits. [Remainder of article not available online.]

You may view the Appeal front page here: http://a6.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/297979_154019594688446_105485776208495_278577_1111925815_n.jpg

Union is a very small town with no website. This is the only city contact information I can find.
404 Bank St., Union, MS 39365
Phone: (601) 774-9422

Thanks to Rayanne (Twitter @agilitylabs) for the notification!

Yazoo, MS: Alderman wants pit bull ban

Alderman Aubrey Brent says “everyone knows” that pit bulls’ jaws lock.

City Hall, 128 East Jefferson Street, Yazoo City, MS  39194
Telephone:  662-746-3211
Fax:  662-746-6506
(The city website does not appear to reflect the most recent Aldermen.)

Board meetings are held the second and fourth Monday each month at 2:00 p.m.  They will take place at the Yazoo City Police Department in the board room.

Yazoo City Aldermen Differ on Pit Bull Ban

Reported by: Dustin Barnes
Email: dustinbarnes@jxntv.com
Last Update: 11/17 5:42 pm

[…] That’s why he [Alderman Aubrey Brent] would like a ban on them.[…]

“Everyone knows that when a pit bites down on you, his jaws are made in such a way as to they lock,” said Brent.[…]

No word yet on when — or even if — aldermen will pass a ban.

Full article retrieved 11/23/10 from http://www.my601.com/news/local/story/Yazoo-City-pit-bulls/244UoU-d_0mF_mYlne73ZQ.cspx

Springdale, AR: Alderman wants breed ban

Springdale considered a pit bull ban in August 2009 as well. Note that they just revised their animal ordinances (breed-neutral changes) in April 2010.

The Ordinance Committee meets on Nov. 23 and will discuss a possible pit bull ban. Per the current agenda:

5:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 23rd Finance Committee followed immediately by an Ordinance Committee meeting
Where: Multi-purpose Rm. #236, second floor, City Administration Building.
• The Finance Committee meeting is pertaining to Agenda item 9.The Ordinance Committee meeting is pertaining to Agenda Items 10 B and a discussion only concerning the banning of pit bulls.

This issue may also be discussed at the next city council meeting, November 23 at 6:00 PM. The City Council holds regular meetings on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. Regular meetings convene at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at the City Hall, 201 Spring Street in Springdale. The public is encouraged to participate in the City’s decision-making process and is invited to attend City Council meetings where issues affecting the community are discussed.

City Administration Building, 201 Spring Street, Springdale, AR 72764
Phone: (479) 750-8114
Fax: (479) 750-8559

City Clerk’s Office
Denise Pearce, City Clerk, dpearce@SpringdaleAR.gov
Phone: (479) 750-8118
Fax: (479) 750-8505

Mayor Doug Sprouse, dsprouse@SpringdaleAR.gov
Jim Reed, jreed@SpringdaleAR.gov
Kathy Jaycox, jaycoxbk@cox.net
Mike Overton, mike@overtonrealty.net
Ricky C. Evans, Rickevans1957@hotmail.com
Jesse Core, jesse@jessecore.com
Jeff Watson, (479) 750-7717 (Work)
Bobby Stout, bobbystout@cox.net
Eric Ford, eford1@cox.net

Springdale Alderman Wants Pit Bull Ban

Reported by: Liz Hogan

[…] Overton, a dog owner himself, initiated a pit bull ban discussion last year and says he plans on bringing it back up at next weeks ordinance committee meeting.[…]

Full article retrieved 11/21/10 from http://nwahomepage.com/fulltext/?nxd_id=199387

All alerts for Springdale: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22springdale%2C+ar%22

Port Washington, WI: Council says they will not propose BSL

Previous alert for Port Washington: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22port+washington%22

Earlier this month, a Port Washington resident said he would petition the common council for breed-specific laws.

Port to put teeth in dog law amid pit bull uproar

Written by Kristyn Halbig Ziehm
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 19:46

But revised ordinance will not target breeds as some animal owners feared

Port Washington officials said Tuesday they will work to strengthen the city’s existing vicious dog ordinance, but do not intend to regulate specific breeds of dogs.

Several aldermen said they have been inundated by e-mails and letters from throughout the nation after city resident Dan O’Connor said he planned to petition the council to impose strict regulations on pit bulls.[…]

Full article retrieved 10/20/10 from http://www.ozaukeepress.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1181:port-to-put-teeth-in-dog-law-amid-pit-bull-uproar&catid=49:feature-1

Please take a moment to thank the common council for opposing BSL.

City Hall, 100 W Grand Ave, P.O. Box 307, Port Washington WI 53074

Mayor Scott A. Huebner, shuebner@ci.port-washington.wi.us
1st District Michael Ehrlich, 284-5528, mehrlich@ci.port-washington.wi.us
2nd District Paul Neumyer, 284-3501, pneumyer@ci.port-washington.wi.us
3rd District Jim Vollmar, 268-1682, jvollmar@ci.port-washington.wi.us
4th District Burt Babcock, 284-3419, bbabcock@ci.port-washington.wi.us
5th District Tom Hudson, 284-1948, tomhudson@execpc.com
6th District David Larson, 268-1171, dlarson@ci.port-washington.wi.us
7th District Dan Becker, 284-6043, dbecker@ci.port-washington.wi.us

Sheboygan, WI: BSL defeated (multiple articles)

Sheboygan has decided to create a committee, headed by Alderman Scott Versey (who came up with the original breed-specific proposal), that will write with an “acceptable” dog ordinance. It’s not clear how any new ordinance will be enforced without animal control resources.

Residents, please help the city create a new, effective, and enforceable dog ordinance.

Previous alerts for Sheboygan: http://stopbsl.com/?s=sheboygan

Do over on city’s dog law

Council, dog owners, vets will create acceptable ordinance

By Dan Benson • Sheboygan Press staff • October 5, 2010

Check out photos of the event: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=U0&Dato=20101004&Kategori=SHE01&Lopenr=10040819&Ref=PH

With more than 100 protestors outside City Hall, many of them with pit bulls, and dozens more in the council chambers and spilling into the third-floor hallway, Sheboygan aldermen voted unanimously Monday night to shelve a dangerous dog ordinance that opponents said would not work and probably do more harm than good and unfairly penalize law-abiding dog owners.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.sheboyganpress.com/article/20101005/SHE0101/10050387/Do-over-on-city-s-dog-law

Vicious Dog Ordinance is Filed

Posted Monday October 4, 2010 10 hours, 39 minutes ago

Sheboygan, Wis. (WHBL) -With a large crowd gathered on the steps of city hall protesting a proposed vicious dog ordinance, and an overflow crowd in the council chambers, the city council Monday night killed the ordinance. The aldermen then approved a motion to set up a committee consisting of city representatives, dog owners and the Humane Society to study the problem of vicious dogs and come up with another ordinance.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.whbl.com/news/articles/2010/oct/04/vicious-dog-ordinance-filed/

Sheboygan common council back to square one on vicious dog legislation

Chrystina Head FOX6 Reporter
9:29 PM CDT, October 4, 2010

(Check out the video at the article link.)


Many agree a vicious dog ordinance is needed, but should not target a certain breed. The council was set to vote on the ordinance, but instead decided to go back to the drawing board.

Read the rest of the article at: http://www.fox6now.com/news/witi-101004-dog-ordinance,0,765644.story