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York County, SC: Council will consider BSL, Aug 20

York County, SC, county council is revising their animal control ordinances. The current proposal includes language targeting “bully breeds” or “pit bull types.” If approved by the county council, the new ordinance would then go to all the cities and towns in York County for approval—so this is a county-wide issue.

The county council will meet next on August 20. This proposal will be discussed at that meeting. The Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Agricultural Building, 6 South Congress Street, York, South Carolina. Citizens who wish to address the Council may do so at a scheduled public hearing or by contacting the Clerk to Council at (803) 628-3954.

Please be RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE in all correspondence with county council members!

Contact info for York County council:
Clerk to Council, (803) 628-3954
http://www.yorkcountygov.com/CountyCouncil/CouncilMembers.aspx
Note one councilmember does not have email
David.bowman@yorkcountygov.com; Bruce.henderson@yorkcountygov.com; ericwinstead72@gmail.com; Bump.roddey@yorkcountygov.com; blackwellpa@comporium.net; District7@yorkcountygov.com

York County Council to revisit animal rules Monday

Published: Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
By Jamie Self – jself@heraldonline.com

York County leaders will revisit proposed changes to York County’s animal rules aimed at empowering animal control officers – while more controversial options including restrictions on tethered female dogs and “bully breeds” will be up for discussion and public input in coming weeks. […]

If the council adopts the law with its new definitions Monday, the proposal would need to pass two more votes and a public hearing before taking effect. […]

One new option would define a “bully” breed as a “pit bull type” of dog, Stuber said.

Council members could prohibit breeding “bully” breeds and require different enclosures for them. […]

Full article retrieved 8/19/12 from http://www.lakewyliepilot.com/2012/08/15/1632110/york-county-council-to-revisit.html

All alerts for York County, SC: https://stopbsl.org/?s=%22york+county%22

York County, SC: Proposed ordinance revisions contain BSL

York County, SC, county council is revising their animal control ordinances. The current proposal includes language targeting “bully breeds” or “pit bulls.” If approved by the county council, the new ordinance would then go to all the cities and towns in York County for approval—so this is a county-wide issue.

Jodi at Bless the Bullys has more details in her alert:

One councilman has confirmed that the options being discussed include “regulating the breeding, sale and transfer of pit bulls and other dogs bred to fight; potentially prohibiting the tethering of bully breed dogs; and requiring bully breed dogs to be confined inside a house or inside a secure fence or other enclosure.”

We are working on getting the exact text of the proposal. The Public Safety Committee meets again on August 14.

The county council will meet next on August 20. We believe this proposal will be discussed at that meeting. The Council meets the first and third Mondays of each month beginning at 6:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers, Agricultural Building, 6 South Congress Street, York, South Carolina. Citizens who wish to address the Council may do so at a scheduled public hearing or by contacting the Clerk to Council at (803) 628-3954.

Please be RESPECTFUL and INFORMATIVE in all correspondence with county council members!

Contact info for York County council:
Clerk to Council, (803) 628-3954
http://www.yorkcountygov.com/CountyCouncil/CouncilMembers.aspx
Note one councilmember does not have email
David.bowman@yorkcountygov.com; Bruce.henderson@yorkcountygov.com; ericwinstead72@gmail.com; Bump.roddey@yorkcountygov.com; blackwellpa@comporium.net; District7@yorkcountygov.com

County council launches third attempt at Animal Control ordinance

Posted August 9, 2012 9:48 pm

By Andrew Kiel

York County Council took another stab at updating the county’s Animal Control ordinance Thursday, as the county’s public safety committee addressed several revised changes to the law.

In its form now, the ordinance calls for county Animal Control officers to assume responsibility for enforcing the updated code from the Sheriff’s Office, requires the sterilization of a female dog tethered outside and identifies so-called bully breeds that are known to be dangerous.[…]

Blackwell says he’d like to see this proposed ordinance before the council later this month. If approved this fall, it would then go to the individual municipalities in York County for final adoption.

Full article retrieved 8/12/12 from http://www.wrhi.com/2012/08/county-council-launches-third-attempt-at-animal-control-ordinance-58413

Maryland update: House will consider bills to reverse breed-discriminatory court decision, Aug 13

The Maryland Senate has passed the “dog bite bill” in an attempt to resolve the many problems caused by the recent Tracey v. Solesky court decision. Among other changes, the Senate bill moves all dog owners to strict liability, regardless of the dog’s breed.

The Maryland House will take up the issue on Monday, August 13. There are four different House bills dealing with this issue: HB 2, HB 3, HB 4, and HB 5. These bills are all slightly different. Only HB 2 moves all dog owners to strict liability (like the Senate bill). The other three proposals would restore common law liability.

There’s no question that most Maryland legislators DO want to undo the Solesky court decision. But they don’t all agree on how that should be done. Some legislators and individuals have valid concerns about the Senate bill and the hasty move to strict liability. Others feel that something is better than nothing. All are concerned that the effort to fix the court ruling will fall apart if they can’t reach consensus.

The House bills can be read here:
HB 2: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012s2/bills/hb/hb0002f.pdf
HB 3: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012s2/bills/hb/hb0003f.pdf
HB 4: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012s2/bills/hb/hb0004f.pdf
HB 5: http://mlis.state.md.us/2012s2/bills/hb/hb0005f.pdf

Maryland: Bill to repeal breed-discriminatory court case to be discussed Aug 9 & 10

The second special session of the Maryland legislature begins on August 9. As we hoped, the legislature will attempt to resolve the many problems caused by the recent Tracey v. Solesky court decision, which imposed strict liability on “pit bull” owners and their landlords but did not do the same for owners of any dog that does not look like a “pit bull.” (The court decision is not in effect yet.)

Unfortunately, we have not been able to get the draft bill, so we can’t talk specifics. According to the bill authors, the proposed bill would impose strict liability on all dog owners, regardless of their dog’s breed, and would reverse the liability that was imposed on landlords. We do not know whether the new draft bill includes a clause to prohibit municipalities from passing BSL, as one of the draft bills from the first special session did.

Special sessions are extremely short, and already concerns have been raised that there’s not enough concensus among legislators to get the bill pushed through so quickly:

Although Frosh, a Montgomery County Democrat, said he’s “optimistic” that a bill could pass during the special session that starts Thursday, he cautioned that the issue is complex and could be derailed if opposition arises.

Frosh said that he does not believe there would be time in a special session to consider multiple bills and amendments. “If there is not a broad consensus, this is not going to happen,” he said.

Retrieved 8/8/12 from http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2012-08-06/news/bs-md-special-session-weighs-pit-bulls-20120806_1_pit-bull-dog-owners-aileen-gabbey

Maryland residents can contact their Senators and Delegates and urge them to take action to reverse the Solesky decision. Supporters can also attend the following committee hearings to show their support in person.

The following meetings are scheduled:

Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee
When: Thursday, August 9, 2012 at 1:00 PM
Where: 2 East, Miller Senate Building, 11 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD
Subject: Hearing on 3lr3512 – Civil Actions – Liability for Personal Injury or Death Caused by Dog (Senators Frosh, Raskin, and Gladden)
NOTE: Anyone wishing to testify on this bill must sign the witness register before 12:45 P.M. If you have written testimony, please submit 20 copies to the staff for distribution by 12:00 P.M.

House Judiciary Committee
When: Friday, August 10, 2012 at 1:30 P.M.
Where: Room 100, House Office Building, 6 Bladen Street, Annapolis, MD
Subject: Bill Hearing on Pit Bull Legislation

The following rally is also planned for August 9 in Annapolis. Please visit the link for all the details. https://www.facebook.com/events/441943509183265/

Good luck in Maryland!

Maryland: OAG says court decision on “pit bulls” is not in effect

The Maryland Court of Appeals decision in Tracey v. Solesky, which put “pit bull” owners and landlords under a strict liability scheme, is now under appeal. Until the appeal is ruled on, the court decision is on hold.

Meanwhile, the Maryland legislature does not appear likely to meet for a second special session this summer. The so-called “pit bull task force” of the Maryland legislature will continue to meet and discuss legislative remedies for the discriminatory decision. We expect them to file a bill that would effectively nullify the court decision in December/January when the Maryland legislature reconvenes.

Pit bulls not ‘inherently dangerous’ just yet

Md. attorney general’s office says controversial court ruling must survive appeal before being applied

By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun
7:29 p.m. EDT, July 11, 2012

A controversial court ruling in April that pit bulls are “inherently dangerous” is not yet in effect and must survive an appeal before it can be applied as Maryland law, according to an opinion released this week by the state attorney general’s office.

The opinion, written by Assistant Attorney General Kathryn Rowe in response to a request from Montgomery County Del. Heather Mizeur for advice on how to understand the ruling, says a motion for reconsideration of the ruling now before the Maryland Court of Appeals “delays the effect of the decision.”

In April, the state’s highest court held that pit bulls and mixed pit bull breeds are different from other dogs in that they are dangerous by nature. The ruling increased the liability of pit bull owners and others with a modicum of control over the animals, such as landlords, by removing the need for those bringing suit after a dog attack to prove they knew the dog had a history of being dangerous. That proof was previously required and is still required for other breeds. […]

Full article retrieved 7/12/12 from http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/bs-md-pit-bull-ruling-20120711,0,7289478.story

Maryland: Legislative “pit bull” task force hears from the public

Today, Maryland lawmakers on the so-called “pit bull task force” assembled to hold hearings and discuss the effects of the recent discriminatory court decision in Tracey v Solesky. Panel members, consisting of various stakeholders—including animal welfare groups, animal shelters, lawyers, and so forth—spoke to the legislative task force for five minutes each.

You can hear the entire four-hour task force meeting here: http://mlis.state.md.us/mgaweb/senatecmtaudio.aspx . Select the Judicial Proceedings Committee for June 19 (Session 2). You will need RealPlayer (download for free at www.real.com) to play the file.

If you don’t have four hours to spend, you can skip to around the 1-hour mark and listen for about an hour to hear testimony from Animal Farm Foundation, a Prince Georges County official, and somewhat illogical testimony from a PETA rep.

A transcript of the hearing can be read here: June 19 MD task force hearing transcript (PDF)

Alternatively, a good summary of some of the significant speakers at the meeting can be read here: http://www.examiner.com/article/maryland-pit-bull-task-force-finds-consensus-for-strict-liability

This information from the above article is the most important for those of you wondering what you can do, or what will happen next.

The task force’s next meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 26th at 10:00 a.m. in the Judicial Proceedings Committee hearing room. The meeting will be open to the public, but individuals will not have the opportunity to give testimony.

Task force co-chair Delegate Curt Anderson asked those in attendance and those who listened to the testimony on the Internet to “please feel free to continue to contact us regarding your opinions about this especially in light of what we have heard today. If you think there were any inconsistent or erroneous statements made, we certainly would like to hear from you.

Task force co-chair Senator Brian Frosh added that the next meeting was scheduled under the assumption that a second special session would be held on July 9th, but that the task force meeting will likely be postponed if Governor O’Malley does not call for the second special session.

So if you listened to the testimony and found yourself biting your tongue when certain people said things that were stereotypical or nonfactual… you can send the task force members (below) your EXTREMELY RESPECTFUL!! and informative correspondence.

Contact info for task force legislators:
Brian.Frosh@senate.state.md.us; Lisa.Gladden@senate.state.md.us; Joseph.Getty@senate.state.md.us; Jamie.Raskin@senate.state.md.us; Norman.Stone@senate.state.md.us; Curt.Anderson@house.state.md.us; Eric.Bromwell@house.state.md.us; Benjamin.Kramer@house.state.md.us; Heather.Mizeur@house.state.md.us; Michael.Smigiel@house.state.md.us

Kingsford, MI: Residents rally against breed ban

This week, Kingsford residents held a rally to continue to call for repeal of the city’s breed ban, but there is concern that city officials really aren’t interested in repeal.

Pit bull owners rally against ordinance

Posted: 06.07.2012 at 4:52 AM

IRON MOUNTAIN — […] The pit bull owners hope their rally will encourage other residents to support lifting the ban. The Kingsford City Council is reviewing the ordinance, but no decisions have been made.

Full article retrieved 6/9/12 from http://www.uppermichiganssource.com/news/story.aspx?list=~%5Chome%5Clists%5Csearch&id=762970#.T9NXONWNdPJ

One resident who attended the last meeting has advised us that the council is not really interested in repeal, and that the repeal proposal may ultimately be buried in committee unless more people show up at the council meetings to put pressure on the council.

Residents and locals, please show your support for the repeal of Kingsford’s breed ban.

Contact information for city of Kingsford:
City of Kingsford, 305 South Carpenter Avenue, Kingsford, MI 49802
(906) 774-3526
info@cityofkingsford.com
Public Safety Director Tim Gussert: kpsdirector@cityofkingsford.com

All alerts for Kingsford, MI: https://stopbsl.org/?s=kingsford