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Washington, LA: BSL enforcement results in family pet seizures

Contact info for the town of Washington
Please keep all correspondence polite, helpful, and engaging. No diatribes, verbal attacks, or hostile words! Angry correspondence will only make things harder for the folks who are trying to convince city officials to repeal the BSL.
Town of Washington Town Hall, P.O. Box 218, 405 North Washington Street, Washington, Louisiana 70509
Email: townofwashington@bellsouth.net
Telephone: 337-826-3626
Fax: 337-826-3601

Pit Bulls Confiscated in Washington

Posted: Apr 23, 2012 6:03 PM CDT

Monday couldn’t have gotten off to a more controversial start in the town of Washington Monday where enforcement began of a controversial ordinance involving Pit Bulls.

[…] Two other Pitt Bulls taken Monday morning belong to an alderwoman at large who voted against the original measure because she thought singling out just one breed of dog for such strict regulations wasn’t fair.

Fair or not, as of Monday afternoon, officials with animal control in Opelousas have picked 15 Pitt Bulls. […]

Full article and video can be viewed at http://www.klfy.com/story/17663692/pitt-bulls-confiscated-in-wasington

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Miami-Dade County, FL: Voters will decide whether to repeal breed ban

But the question is, in a county where fear and stereotype of “pit bulls” and their owners runs rampant (courtesy of the breed ban), will voters want to repeal the breed ban? County commissioners think they won’t. We suggest a hard-hitting PR campaign, starting now.

Jamie Buehrle Speaks for Pit Bulls, Finds Receptive Audience at County Commission

Miami-Dade Commissioners voted 3-1 to allow the ordinance banning pit bulls to go before voters

By Betty Yu | Tuesday, Apr 10, 2012

[…] She found support from the majority of commissioners. They voted 3-1 to allow the 1989 ordinance banning pit bulls to go before voters on the August election ballot. […]

Commissioner Barbara Jordan was the only one to vote against letting the voter decide. […]

The ballot question will go before voters on August 14 in the Miami-Dade County primary.

Full article retrieved 4/11/12 from http://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/Jamie-Buehrle-Speaks-for-Pit-Bulls-Finds-Receptive-Audience-on-Miami-Dade-County-Commission-146908195.html

Wentzville, MO: Final vote on proposed ordinance, March 14 (repeal BSL)

The Wentzville, MO, proposed dog ordinance is up for a second reading and final vote on March 14. The ordinance is breed-neutral and, if passed, would repeal the city’s current “pit bull” restrictions.

City council meeting, March 14, 6:30 PM
City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, MO 63385

Please keep up the positive and respectful correspondence with councilmembers and encourage them to repeal their breed-discriminatory ordinance.
Wentzville City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, MO 63385
636-327-5101
636-639-2017 fax
Online contact forms for aldermen: http://www.wentzvillemo.org/mayor-and-alderman.aspx

Wentzville, MO update: Proposed ordinance passes first reading (repeal BSL)

Wentzville, MO, proposed dog ordinance passed first reading on Wednesday night. The ordinance is breed-neutral and, if passed, would repeal the city’s current “pit bull” restrictions.

You may read the current proposal here: http://wentzvillemo.iqm2.com/citizens/Detail_LegiFile.aspx?Frame=&MeetingID=1423&MediaPosition=2931.308&ID=3738&CssClass

The final vote on the proposal will take place during the March 14 council meeting.

Please keep up the positive and respectful correspondence with councilmembers and encourage them to repeal their breed-discriminatory ordinance.
Wentzville City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, MO 63385
636-327-5101
636-639-2017 fax
Online contact forms for aldermen: http://www.wentzvillemo.org/mayor-and-alderman.aspx

Aldermen Put Electric Fences Back in Play for Dog Control

By Joe Scott

[…] The bill’s second and final reading will be at the board’s March 14 meeting.

If approved, the legislation would repeal the city’s current restrictions on pit bulls and put in its place a breed-neutral policy that puts the burden of securing vicious or aggressive dogs on the owners. […]

Full article retrieved 3/1/12 from http://wentzville.patch.com/articles/aldermen-put-electric-fences-back-in-play-for-dog-control

Wentzville, MO update: Proposed ordinance would repeal BSL

Wentzville, MO, has finally made public a draft of the proposed dog ordinance. You can read the draft here. It is breed-neutral and, if passed, would repeal the city’s current “pit bull” restrictions.

The police department is revising some sections (should remain breed-neutral) and the proposal will be officially introduced on Feb 8.

Although this proposal is a positive step forward for Wentzville, public reaction to repeal of BSL has been mixed. Some residents are opposed to BSL repeal, and the local news media has been covering the story inaccurately and somewhat negatively.

Please keep up the positive and respectful correspondence with councilmembers and encourage them to repeal their breed-discriminatory ordinance.
Wentzville City Hall, 310 West Pearce Boulevard, Wentzville, MO 63385
636-327-5101
636-639-2017 fax
Online contact forms for aldermen: http://www.wentzvillemo.org/mayor-and-alderman.aspx

Join a Facebook group that is working on this issue: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Change-Breed-Specific-Laws-in-Wentzville-Missouri/227898083944306

Alderman, Residents Talk About Pit Bull Ordinance

Police chief to make changes before presenting the board with the legislation Feb. 8.

By Brian Feldt

[…] More than 60 concerned residents waited nearly three hours until the Wentzville Board of Alderman began discussing its new animal control ordinance, which will likely seek to put the onus of harsh or vicious dogs on the owners rather the pets.

The city has long had certain restrictions on pit bulls. Now, officials and concerned residents are pushing to repeal those restrictions and replace them with a new policy that would enact harsher penalties on owners of any dog that displays vicious characteristics. […]

Full article retrieved 1/26/12 from http://wentzville.patch.com/articles/alderman-residents-talk-about-pit-bull-ordinance

Chicago, IL update: City resolves to look at dog laws without BSL

Whatever the city of Chicago decides to do to strengthen their dog ordinance, the new measures will not be breed-specific, says the city’s resolution.

Residents of Chicago are encouraged to get involved in the dialogue with city council and city officials, to make sure that any new measures that are introduced are agreeable to all.

License owners, not dogs? Alderman wants to tighten leash

BY FRAN SPIELMAN, City Hall Reporter, fspielman@suntimes.com
January 18, 2012 4:12PM

[…] At the moment, the resolution co-sponsored by Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) simply calls for City Council hearings to take testimony from experts and “make recommendations for legislation to reduce the number of animal attacks.”

But, it also notes that the City Council tightened the regulatory leash — and increased penalties on negligent dog owners — after exhaustive hearings in 2007 that specifically rejected calls for a breed-specific ban.

“Any further regulation should continue to be not breed-specific, but owner/handler specific, such as licensing the owner rather than the animal,” the resolution states. […]

City Clerk Susana Mendoza, who co-sponsored the demand for City Council hearings, issued a press release that made no mention of licensing dog owners.

She simply said, “We do not feel that any legislation should be dog-breed specific, but instead focused on responsible dog ownership.” […]

Full article retrieved 1/19/12 from http://www.suntimes.com/10088254-417/license-owners-not-dogs-alderman-wants-to-tighten-leash.html

Fitzgerald, GA: Citizens petition against recently passed BSL

Support the efforts of these residents to oppose Fitzgerald’s discriminatory ordinance by writing to city officials and respectfully encouraging them to repeal the “pit bull” ordinance. If you are a resident of Fitzgerald, you can also sign the petition: Walmart parking lot, Jan 28.

City Hall, 302 E Central Ave, Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Telephone: (229) 426-5060
Email addresses for city officials:
fitzcity@mchsi.com, fitzgeraldmayor@mediacombb.net, cityclerk@fitzgeraldga.org

Pit bull lovers sign petition

Posted: Jan 14, 2012 4:32 PM CST
By Gianna Caserta

FITZGERALD, GA – […] Now, pit bull owners are coming together to get signatures on a petition, calling it unfair to single out a certain breed. […]

The ordinance requires a pit bull be muzzled when they are on a leash and being walked.

All pit bulls must be registered and have liability insurance of up to $50,000. […]

The law also requires that the dog must be kept in a pen, at least 6 feet long by 6 feet wide and 6 feet tall, with a secured roof and floor. […]

The group will be back at the Walmart parking lot on January 28th to try to get more signatures. […]

Full article retrieved 1/16/12 from http://www.walb.com/story/16521718/pit-bull-lovers-sign-petition