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Bluefield WV election: Breed ban and the candidates

Bluefield West Virginia passed a ban on dogs deemed to be pit bulls recently.  The passage of this law was a travesty to the community. There was no public comment allowed on the date of the first vote and on the date of passage officials allowed comment after the vote.

Residents were not allowed to be heard then but there is an opportunity for them to be heard now.

The board is up for re-election. A news article delves into the candidates, the incumbents and their positions on the ban.  The whole article from the Bluefield Daily Telegraph can be viewed here so residents can get a better idea of where the candidates stand on other issues.

A brief over view of positions:

Incumbents: All of the current board members voted for the ban. Board members Whalen, Brammer and Sternloff were interviewed by the Bluefield Daily Telegraph. All three stand by the decision to institute the ban.

Opposition: All non-incumbents running for office oppose the ban. Some are against breed discriminatory laws completely, some want to go back to the 2008 law which imposed restrictions on dogs deemed to be pit bulls.

District break down based on positions: Those in favor of the ban are in italics

District one: Incumbent Mary Brammer is being opposed by Rev. Garry D. Moore Sr. and Barbara Thompson Smith. Rev. Moore’s son has a targeted dog, so the issue is a personal one for him. While he is not completely against a breed discriminatory law he is against the ban. Barbara Smith stated she was against breed discrimination completely.

District two: Incumbent Linda Whalen is being challenged by Steven P. Coleman and Ellen Peters Light.  Coleman is against the ban but it is unclear if he would be for a complete repeal. He references the 2008 law which placed restrictions on the dogs. Ellen Light has not made any specific statement against the ban but alludes to opposition.

District three: Michael Gibson is running unopposed.  As a lawyer, he recognizes the legal problems with it and opposes the ban but not the previous law.

2 at large seats: Incumbent Pete Sternloff, Thomas Cole, Charles McGonagle,  Willie C. Hunt and Richard Lee Dillon. Cole and McGonagle are against the ban but support the 2008 restrictions. Hunt was not available to be interviewed. Dillon expressed strong opposition to the ban saying he would immediately vote to overturn it.

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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/

Cumberland County, NC: Animal control wants to stop adopting out certain breeds

The Cumberland County, NC, Animal Control Board is considering a plan to kill stray “pit bulls,” Rottweilers, Chows, and Presa Canarios, and mixes of these, rather than find these dogs loving new homes. The bizarre logic behind this move seems to be: “No one responsible adopts these breeds anyway, so why even bother to try?”

Cumberland County Animal Control wants to limit adoptions of certain dog breeds

By Nancy McCleary
Staff writer
Published: 03:06 PM, Wed Nov 30, 2011

[…] The board is suggesting that county residents be banned from adopting Rottweilers, American Staffordshire terriers, pit bulls, chow-chows, Presa Canarios or any mix of those breeds, Lauby said.

[…] Since April, Animal Control has taken in nearly 1,300 pit bulls but only 124 have been adopted, Lauby said. The remainder either go to a breed-specific rescue or are euthanized, he said.

It’s the same problem for other “bully breed” dogs, he said.

The shelter has taken in 180 Rottweilers since April and only 26 have been adopted. Fifteen of the 96 chow-chows received at the shelter have been adopted, Lauby said.

Local rescue groups are at their capacity in finding homes, Lauby said, so most of the dogs have been put down. […]

Full article retrieved 11/30/11 from http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/11/30/1140687?sac=Local

This proposal is in very early stages, and the public has an opportunity to provide genuinely humane, sensible solutions to the county’s animal control problems. The Animal Control Board will meet again on December 5 at 6:00 PM to discuss the issue, at the Animal Services Department, 4704 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville, NC.

Please be respectful and helpful in your correspondence with officials.

Cumberland County Animal Services Department, Dr. John Lauby, Director, Phone: (910) 321-6851, jlauby@co.cumberland.nc.us

If the Animal Control Board approves this proposal, it moves to the Policy Committee, and then to the full Board of Commissioners. We will post that contact information if and when the proposal moves ahead. For the moment, please try to work with the Animal Control Board to find reasonable solutions that don’t involve killing dogs just because they look a certain way.

 

Charles County, MD: BSL no longer part of proposed animal ordinance revisions

Charles County, MD, has been working on revisions to their animal ordinance. The first draft contained breed-specific language. Thanks to input from the public and local animal organizations, the second draft no longer contains BSL.

You may read the second (newest) draft of the proposal here: http://www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/files/8M7M3H5945FB/$file/Bill%20Number%202011-07%20Animal%20Control%20Regulations%20version%202.pdf

Charles County Commissioners will hold a follow-up work session on the new breed-neutral proposal during their meeting on October 4 at 9:30 AM. We hope that locals will continue to encourage the commissioners to maintain a breed-neutral course.

Contact information for Charles County Commissioners:
Attn: Charles County Board of Commissioners
Post Office Box 2150
La Plata, Maryland 20646-2150
301-645-0550 or 301-870-3000
Entire Commission: commissioner@charlescounty.org
President Candice Kelly, KellyC@charlescounty.org
VP Reuben Collins, CollinsR@charlescounty.org
Ken Robinson, RobinsonK@charlescounty.org
Debra Davis, DavisD@charlescounty.org
Bobby Rucci, RucciB@charlescounty.org

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commissioner@charlescounty.org; KellyC@charlescounty.org; CollinsR@charlescounty.org; RobinsonK@charlescounty.org; DavisD@charlescounty.org; RucciB@charlescounty.org

All alerts for Charles County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22charles+county%2C+md%22

Egelston Township, MI: BSL rejected

Egelston Township council has rejected a proposal that would have placed restrictions on ownership of “pit bulls.”

Pit bull ordinance rejected by Egelston Township board

Published: Friday, September 23, 2011, 11:32 AM
By Lynn Moore | The Muskegon Chronicle

[…] The township board has rejected a proposed vicious animal ordinance that targeted pit bull terriers, requiring them to be kept indoors or in a covered kennel and walked with a muzzle.

The ordinance had been proposed by the township planning commission, which now has been charged with reworking the ordinance so it is not “breed specific,” said township Supervisor Mike Thompson.[…]

Thompson said he received about 20 emails from residents opposed to the proposal, and just one in support of it.

Several members of a crowd that turned out for the board’s meeting Sept. 19 agreed to help draft a more appropriate ordinance for the township, Thompson said.[…]

Full article retrieved 9/23/11 from http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2011/09/pit_bull_ordinance_rejected_by.html

All alerts for Egelston Township: http://stopbsl.com/?s=egelston

Charles County, MD: Public forum on possible BSL, Sept 20

Charles County, MD, has been working on animal ordinance revisions that currently include breed-specific language. Although public forums don’t have formal agendas, we’ve been advised that the ordinance will probably be discussed during the Public Forum on Sept 20 at 5:30 PM in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, First Floor, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland 20646.

One of the major revisions would declare all “pit bulls” to be “potentially dangerous” dogs, thereby placing numerous special restrictions on ownership of dogs identified as pit bulls. “Pit bull” is defined as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, any dog that has ever been identified at any time (including in adoption or veterinary paperwork) as a “pit bull” type dog, and any dog that resembles one of these breeds.

You may read the full ordinance here: http://www.boarddocs.com/md/chrlsco/Board.nsf/files/8JZNZM625FC5/$file/Bill%20Number%202011-07%20Animal%20Control%20Regulations.pdf

The purpose of a public forum is to allow the public to speak to the commission, so we encourage residents and locals of Charles County to attend this meeting and continue speaking against BSL.

Contact information for Charles County Commissioners:
Attn: Charles County Board of Commissioners
Post Office Box 2150
La Plata, Maryland 20646-2150
301-645-0550 or 301-870-3000
Entire Commission: commissioner@charlescounty.org
President Candice Kelly, KellyC@charlescounty.org
VP Reuben Collins, CollinsR@charlescounty.org
Ken Robinson, RobinsonK@charlescounty.org
Debra Davis, DavisD@charlescounty.org
Bobby Rucci, RucciB@charlescounty.org

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commissioner@charlescounty.org; KellyC@charlescounty.org; CollinsR@charlescounty.org; RobinsonK@charlescounty.org; DavisD@charlescounty.org; RucciB@charlescounty.org

All alerts for Charles County: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22charles+county%2C+md%22

Thanks to Twitter follower @MdDogFed for the reminder!

Egelston Township, MI reminder: Proposed BSL to be discussed, Sept 19

A new proposed ordinance in Egelston Township would place restrictions on ownership of “pit bulls.” The Board of Trustees is expected to discuss the ordinance on September 19 at 7:00 PM. Meetings are held in the meeting room at the Egelston Township Complex, 5428 E. Apple Ave. Muskegon, MI 49442
Phone: 231-788-2308
Fax: 231-788-5248

Contact information for Town Trustees
Supervisor Mike Thompson, mthompson@egelstontwp.org
231-788-2308 Ext. 11
Clerk Joan Raap, jraap@egelstontwp.org
231-788-2308 Ext. 16
Treasurer Deb Ackerman, dackerman@egelstontwp.org
231-788-2308 Ext. 15
Walt Bowen, wbowen@egelstontwp.org
Maria Harjer, mharjer@egelstontwp.org
John Holter, jholter@egelstontwp.org
Bethann Rahn, brahn@egelstontwp.org

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mthompson@egelstontwp.org; jraap@egelstontwp.org; dackerman@egelstontwp.org; wbowen@egelstontwp.org; mharjer@egelstontwp.org; jholter@egelstontwp.org; brahn@egelstontwp.org

View the Sept 19 agenda: http://www.egelstontwp.org/LinkClick.aspx?fileticket=oUGPLcvNSi0%3d&tabid=75&mid=537

All alerts for Egelston Township: http://stopbsl.com/?s=egelston

Pit bulls, crocodiles and panthers targeted in Egelston Township’s proposed dangerous animal ordinance

Published: Friday, September 02, 2011, 11:04 AM
By Lynn Moore | The Muskegon Chronicle

Pit bulls would have to be kept indoors or in a covered kennel and walked with a muzzle under a new ordinance proposed in Egelston Township. […]

Full article retrieved 9/3/11 from http://www.mlive.com/news/muskegon/index.ssf/2011/09/pit_bulls_targeted_in_egelston.html