Tag Archives: animal

Broward Co., FL: Whispers of BSL

Florida State Law [emphasis mine]:

767.14  Additional local restrictions authorized.–Nothing in this act shall limit any local government from placing further restrictions or additional requirements on owners of dangerous dogs or developing procedures and criteria for the implementation of this act, provided that no such regulation is specific to breed and that the provisions of this act are not lessened by such additional regulations or requirements. This section shall not apply to any local ordinance adopted prior to October 1, 1990.

Contact info for Broward Co. Commissioners

Ilene Lieberman – District 1
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 417, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 357-7001
Fax (954) 357-7295

Kristin Jacobs – District 2 (against BSL)
Broward County Governmental Center
115 South Andrews Ave., Room 421, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-357-7002

Stacy Ritter – District 3
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 413, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Telephone: 954-357-7003
Fax: 954-357-7319

Ken Keechl – District 4
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 412, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Telephone: 954-357-7004
Fax: 954-357-7798

Lois Wexler – District 5 (pushing BSL)
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Avenue Room 414, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: (954) 357-7005

Sue Gunzburger – District 6
Broward Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Avenue, Room 421, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Telephone: 954-357-7006

John E. Rodstrom, Jr. – District 7
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 416, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: 954-357-7007
Fax: 954-357-8088

Diana Wasserman-Rubin – District 8
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave. Room 410, Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-357-7008

Mayor Josephus Eggelletion, Jr. – District 9
Broward County Governmental Center
115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 413, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
(954) 357-7009

The County Commission meets in formal session on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in Room 422 of the Broward County Governmental Center. Public Hearings begin at 2 p.m. as designated on the meeting schedule. The County Commission schedules workshops as needed on specific topics that require additional discussion. Individuals who wish to address the Commission at a Commission Meeting or Public Hearing may do so, subject to the rules and procedures established in the Broward County Administrative Code.

Broward County Attorney’s Office
Jeffrey J. Newton, County Attorney
115 South Andrews Avenue, Suite 423, Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Pit bulls: If you can’t ban them, muzzle them, commissioner says

Posted by Anthony Man on October 27, 2009 04:09 PM

County Commissioner Lois Wexler wants Broward County to consider an ordinance that would require owners of pit bulls, and possibly other potentially dangerous breeds, to keep their dogs muzzled and on leashes.[…]

Full article retrieved 10/28/09 from http://weblogs.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/broward/blog/2009/10/pit_bulls_if_you_cant_ban_them.html

Chicago, IL: Safe Humane Chicago fights violence

StopBSL supports and encourages efforts, such as this one, to make communities safer and more humane. We can all make a difference.

Dogged determination

Cynthia Bathurst works to stop violence by helping animals and people peacefully co-exist

By William Hageman, Tribune reporter
October 18, 2009

[…] Bathurst, of Chicago, is co-founder and principal director of Safe Humane Chicago, an ambitious 2-year-old effort to fight violence by promoting compassion for animals as well as people. The program uses schools, churches and community groups — more than 60 organizations have lined up behind her — to get the anti-violence message to citizens in high-crime areas.

Especially young citizens: Get kids to treat animals with care and respect, and you’re on the right track. […]

Full article retrieved 10/19/09 from http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/family/chi-1018-bathurstoct18,0,7063324,full.story

Highland Park, IL: Dog ordinance revised (not BSL)

Highland Park was considering a pit bull ban earlier this summer, but has decided to revise their animal ordinances in a non-breed-specific manner.

The proposed ordinance can be viewed here:

Highland Park Revised Animal Ordinance Draft

Highland Park Revised Animal Ordinance Draft with Markup (to compare to original ordinance)

Interested or concerned residents may wish to attend the city council meeting on August 24 at 4:30 PM. The proposed revisions will be discussed at this meeting.

Previous alerts: http://stopbsl.com/?s=highland+park

U.S. Marine Corps: Proposal would ban some dogs from base housing

Contact 1st Lt. Brian Block, Marine Corps Headquarters:
1st Lt. Brian Block 
Headquarters Marine Corps, The Pentagon, Arlington, Va.
(703) 614-4309

Proposal would ban some dogs from base housing

By Trista Talton – Staff writer
Posted : Monday Aug 3, 2009 8:02:49 EDT

A new Corpswide proposal calls for banning specific dogs and mixes of those breeds from all Marine bases as soon as September.

The draft order, which would be included in the Marine Corps Housing Management Manual, prohibits pit bulls, Rottweilers, canid/wolf hybrids and mixes of those dogs from being on “any Marine Corps installation, at any time.” The only exception would be trips directly to and from a base veterinary office, “with no other stops aboard the installation authorized.”[…]

Full article retrieved 8/3/09 from http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2009/08/marine_dogs_080209w/

Springfield, MO: City council keeps rule on killing pit bulls

I guess they aren’t worried about lawsuits from people who are bitten by other types of dogs that were transferred to rescue groups.

City Council keeps Springfield rule on killing pit bulls

SPRINGFIELD — The city council turned down a proposal to change what happens to pit bull terriers and pit bull mixes after they wind up in the city dog pound. The council voted 6-3 against a proposal by Councilwoman Mary Collette to let some animal rescue groups take the dogs and find new homes for them.

[…] The majority of the council agreed with City Attorney Dan Wichmer that the risk of a huge lawsuit payout is too great.[…]

Full article retrieved 4/7/09 from http://www.ky3.com/news/local/42598007.html

Moses Lake, WA: Misleading article title—BSL has NOT passed yet

The Columbia Basin Herald published an article on 11/13 with the following headline and subhead:

Moses Lake to regulate pit bulls

City declares animals hazardous

This gives the impression that Moses Lake has passed BSL. This is not true. The city council has not completed the legally required second reading for this bill. They will be having a public hearing and the second reading for this ordinance at the city council meeting on November 25th.

All residents are encouraged to show up and express your opinion about BSL and about the city council’s unwillingness to accept the recommendations of experts, including their very own committee formed to examine the issue, all of whom advised against BSL.

Although it’s very likely this BSL will pass, there is no reason why the public cannot have their final say. Please do not let this news article dissuade you from attending the public hearing.

Omaha, NE article: Firefighters Get Dangerous Dog Training

Rescue workers sometimes have to deal with stressed out, territorial dogs. This education program aims to make the entire community safer and more humane.

Firefighters Get Dangerous Dog Training

KETV NewsWatch 7 Cameras Get Inside Look At New Program
POSTED: 8:52 pm CDT October 30, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha Fire Department has a new training program to help firefighters deal with dangerous dogs at rescue scenes. […]

Humane Society workers are showing firefighters how to use a catch pole, a metal rod with a wire loop that can collar a dog behind the ears. It helps rescuers lead the animal somewhere without getting their hands close enough to be bitten.[…]

Full article retrieved 11/1/08 from http://www.ketv.com/news/17852966/detail.html