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Stratham, NH: Selectmen to hear public concerns about dogs, March 12

For locals and residents of Stratham, you may wish to attend this public meeting in order to better assess the situation. We do NOT know if BSL will be suggested, but considering the incident that prompted the public meeting, there’s a possibility.

As always, please be respectful and helpful if you correspond with town officials or speak at the meeting.

Selectmen to hear concerns from public after pit bull attack

March 09, 2012 2:00 AM

STRATHAM — The Board of Selectmen will host a public session at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 12 for residents and dog owners to ask questions and express concerns.

[…] If residents express concerns to change town ordinances regarding animals, depending on the ordinance, it may require a vote at the Town Meeting or at least a public hearing process to be scheduled at a later date. […]

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. on Monday, preceding the Board of Selectmen meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Municipal Center on 10 Bunker Hill Ave.

Full article retrieved 3/10/12 from http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20120309-NEWS-203090333

Thanks to Kathy for sending us this news item.

Wagmatcook, NS, Canada: Pit bull ban on agenda

According to the news article, the call for a “pit bull” ban was prompted by a bite from a loose dog that had previously bitten another person.

Wagmatcook First Nation is a reserve. This is all the contact information I have.

Council of Wagmatcook Band, P.O. Box 30001, Wagmatcook, NS B0E 3N0
Chief Norman Bernard, Wagmatcook First Nation
Tribal Council: Union of Nova Scotia Indians, P.O. Box 237 Baddeck, NS B0E 1B0
Phone: (902) 295-2598
Fax: (902) 295-3398

Call for pit bull ban after Wagmatcook attack

Girl, 7, bitten by dog while playing

CBC News Posted: Jan 24, 2012 9:20 PM AT

[…] Wagmatcook has a dog bylaw and a control officer visits about three times a week.

The Wagmatcook band council said banning pit bulls is on their agenda.

Full article retrieved 1/25/12 from http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/story/2012/01/24/ns-pitbull-attack.html

Chicago, IL reminder: Council meeting, Jan 18 (possible BSL)

Chicago Alderman Bob Fioretti has said that he intends to introduce a resolution at the Jan 18 city council meeting, to explore ways to make pet owners more responsible for their pets. Although Fioretti initially suggested that he would support a “pit bull” ban or some other kind of breed-specific law, he has since publicly distanced himself from BSL, and has said that he wants to look at breed-neutral measures.

However, at least one other alderman, George Cardenas, has stated that he intends to pursue breed-specific restrictions or a ban on “pit bulls.”

Residents and locals, please 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. Whether Fioretti introduces a resolution or not, this is an opportunity for locals to express their opinions about responsible dog ownership, current dog laws, and BSL, and to gauge the council’s intentions regarding BSL.

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

All alerts for Chicago: http://stopbsl.com/?s=chicago

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:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Safe-Humane-Chicago/76410774068
PAWS Chicago:
http://www.facebook.com/pawschicago

Trussville, AL update: Committee to make recommendations (BSL)

The mayor of Trussville says he will form a committee to recommend changes to the town’s animal ordinance. Trussville has been considering a breed ban as a possible solution to recent vicious dog incidents.

Remember, criticizing a proposed breed ban or BSL is only half of the battle. The mayor and city council perceive a problem, and they are trying to generate solutions. Please offer them solutions that are fair, effective, and breed-neutral. Show them how to solve their problem without the hassle, expense, and injustice of BSL.

Contact information for Trussville city officials
City Hall, 131 Main Street, P. O. Box 159, Trussville, Alabama 35173
Tel (205) 655-7478
Fax (205) 655-7487
Mayor Eugene (Gene) A. Melton, Mayor@trussville.org
Council members have not made public their email addresses (if they have one). Phone contact info can be found here: http://www.trussville.org/content.asp?ID=89212

Trussville reconsiders possible pit bull ban

Updated: Dec 28, 2011 4:22 PM CST
By Alan Collins

TRUSSVILLE, AL (WBRC) – Trussville wants more time to consider a ban on pit bulls. The city was considering an amendment to its animal control ordinance to ban pit bulls from locating in the future to the city.

Current dog owners would be grandfathered in under the proposal. But there are some complaints.[…]

Jacqueline Meyer, executive director of the Greater Birmingham Humane Society disagrees with the proposed ban.[…]

Mayor Melton says he plans to appoint a committee to come with recommendations in about 30 days.[…]

Article retrieved 12/29/11 from http://www.myfoxal.com/story/16406950/trussville-takes

All alerts for Trussville: http://stopbsl.com/?s=trussville

Trussville, AL reminder: Breed ban may be discussed or voted on, Dec 27

The proposed breed ban may be up for a vote as early as the December 27 council meeting, 6:00 PM, Trussville City Hall, 131 Main Street.

Contact information for Trussville city officials
City Hall, 131 Main Street, P. O. Box 159, Trussville, Alabama 35173
Tel (205) 655-7478
Fax (205) 655-7487
Mayor Eugene (Gene) A. Melton, Mayor@trussville.org
Council members have not made public their email addresses (if they have one). Phone contact info can be found here: http://www.trussville.org/content.asp?ID=89212

All alerts for Trussville: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22trussville%22