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Cities asked to rethink dog ban

August 19, 2006

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— A number of animal shelters are urging communities in the Kansas City area to reconsider banning pit bulls, instead calling for stronger and better-enforced dangerous-dog laws.

Wayside Waifs and the Humane Society of Kansas City joined Animal Haven and No More Homeless Pets-KC on Thursday in backing an alternative adopted by the Kansas City Council, which will require pit bulls be spayed or neutered unless an owner obtains a breeder's license.

"It's a step in the right direction," Human Society President Charles Vreeland said.

Vreeland said a recent attack in Kansas City, Kan., where a pit bull ban was in effect when a dog killed a 71-year-old woman while she was gardening, proves that breed-wide bans are ineffective.

Such bans have also been enacted in Liberty, Mo., Grandview, Mo., and Overland Park, Kan. Several other communities are also reviewing their animal ordinances.

"Breed-specific bans target an entire phenotype in order to eliminate a handful of animals that have been poorly socialized under irresponsible ownership," said Wayside Waifs President Patti Glass.

"Instead, the jurisdiction could adopt a more dynamic strategy against dog bites by passing a stronger dangerous-dog law and creating special restrictions for dangerous-dog owners."

Glass said banning pit bulls will not prevent irresponsible people from turning to other powerful breeds or simply ignoring the law.

She also said pit bull bans are difficult to enforce because several breeds are lumped together, including the American Staffordshire Terrier, English Staffordshires and bull terriers. Collectively, Glass said pit bulls are mischaracterized as aggressors despite temperament tests that rank them ahead of beagles, bearded collies and dachshunds in friendliness.

Gail Longstaff, president of No More Homeless Pets-KC, said as many as 75 percent of dog bites and 94 percent of fatal dog bites are by non-neutered males.

She also said No More Homeless Pets-KC is providing services for residents who want to get their pit bull fixed.

Comments

whiteoleander 8 years, 9 months ago

Onemorebub you are a very confused guy. Please stay on topic you are again attempting to kill threads. Better run run run to your little phone. The news is out it is unconstitutional to kill an entire breed based on hysteria and very soon you and your minions ( sorry cman used your line) will be exposed and shown that the truth will alway set us free.

whiteoleander 8 years, 9 months ago

1988? Man it is 2006 now and there have been literally 100s of cases where unconstituionality has obleterated the enforcement. In fact most Ordinances in Kansas are laden with unenforceable clauses. Get some up to dated material or stay on the porch.

the_brat 8 years, 9 months ago

The breed specific banning of put bulls in certain parts (ie:states and counties) has done nothing to coreect the problem. In reality it is not the breed that needs punishing, it is the irresponsible owners that they should be going after. You can ban any breed you want,what you can't ban is ignorant people owning something they have no busiones having. The ownersof these aggrressive animals often should not be allowed to own so much as fish! I really don't appreciate the goverment telling me what I can and can't own. This is still the "Land of the free" isn't it?

whiteoleander 8 years, 9 months ago

Posted by swbsow (anonymous) on August 20, 2006 at 11:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

You are right, the_brat. It is the owner's responsibility and the owner should be the one held reponsible. I would even go so far as a dog attacks another person, then the owner should be charged with assault & battery. If the dog kills someone, then the owner should be charged with involuntary manslaughter

That stance would be quite contrary to statements made by those who support Breed Specific Legislation. Does it discredit them? Yes, because the entire basis of BSL is that these dogs are unpredictable therefore the owner could not be held criminally libal in the face of attack by owning such a dog because he could not know the dog would attack.

whiteoleander 8 years, 9 months ago

Another discussion geered to the "I will control the forum" group. Journal World Staff should note the persons busting threads with personal agendas.

antimarion 8 years, 9 months ago

Don't blame the dogs because of those who promote.

Graves_Cherie 8 years, 9 months ago

Breed specific legislation sets a legal precedent that allows for any, or all other breeds of dogs to be added with no public notice, or input. There is no breed of dog registered as "pit bull" with any dog registry. Under these "pit bull" bans there are up to twenty five breeds that are prohibited. Below is a list of all breeds that are named in legislation that prohibits, or restricts ownership of dogs in the USA.

We support reasonable laws that are directed at the dog owner. No dog has the capacity to know it's breed. No dog has the capacity to understand law. No dog can operate outside of it's owner's parameter of responsibility.

Fairfield, Iowa has banned any dog that weighs over 100 pounds.

Protect animal ownership, and use rights. Protect traditional animal husbandry practices. Join the fight to repeal breed specific dog legislation by becoming a proactive member of BSL 56 at; http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BSL56-UAOA

*AIREDALE TERRIER * AKITA * ALASKAN MALAMUTE * ALSATIAN SHEPHERD * AMERICAN BULLDOG * AMERICAN HUSKY * AMERICAN PIT BULL TERRIER * AMERICAN STAFFORDSHIRE TERRIER * AMERICAN WOLFDOG * ARIKARA DOG * AUSTRALIAN CATTLE DOG * AUSTRALIAN SHEPHERD * BELGIAN MALINOIS * BELGIAN SHEEPDOG * BELGIAN TERVUREN * BLUE HEELER * BOERBUL * BOSTON TERRIER * BOUVIER DES FLANDRES * BOXER * BULLDOG * BULL MASTIFF * BULL TERRIER * CANARIO DE MAJORCA * CANE CORSO * CATAHOULA LEOPARD DOG * CAUCASIAN SHEPHERD * CHINESE SHAR PEI * CHOW-CHOW * COLORADO DOG * DOBERMAN PINSCHER * DOGO DE ARGENTINO * DOGUE DE BORDEAUX * ENGLISH SPRINGER SPANIEL * ESKIMO DOG * FILA BRASILIERO * FOX TERRIER * FRENCH BULLDOG * GERMAN SHEPHERD DOG * GOLDEN RETRIEVER * GREENLAND HUSKY * GREAT DANE * KEESHOND * KOTEZEBUE HUSKY * LABRADOR RETRIEVER * MASTIFF * PRESA DE CANARIO * PUG * ROTTWEILER * SAARLOOS WOLFHOND * SAINT BERNARD * SAMOYED * SIBERIAN HUSKY * STAFFORDSHIRE BULL TERRIER * TIMBER SHEPHERD * TOSA INU * TUNDRA SHEPHERD * WOLF SPITZ *

Cherie Graves, chairwoman RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES http://www.povn.com/rdows http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BSL56-UAOA United Animal Owners Alliance http://www.unitedanimalownersalliance.com

Graves_Cherie 8 years, 9 months ago

The Sixth Appellate Court of Ohio found that Breed Specific legislation is unconstitutional. Ohio reversed it's state level BSL. The Appellate Court Decision is too large to post here.
RDOWS has alternative regulations to BSL that have been passed in Hazleton, PA, and are being considered for passage in other venues. Anyone who is interested in having a copy of either the Appellate Court Decision, or RDOWS Model Dog Owner Regulations may e-mail me at; rdows@povn.com Cherie Graves, chairwoman Responsible Dog Owners of the Western States

cyn 6 years, 3 months ago

It is very obvious these beautiful animals have fallen into the wrong type of owners. Yes there are laws (ordinances) being implemented everywhere. The one I have found to be recent (2007) in San Antonio, Texas is requiring the owner to posses a cable wire leash and mussle the dog when it is out in public. If the owner is seen walking the dog with out the leash and the muzzle the owner will be fined for not following the law. I feel that if it were implemented in KC and Grandview it would be successful. there should also be a screening process for the owner's as well. That is to include if they have ever been convicted of any crime they should not be allowed to own one of that breed.

What has happened is these poor animals have fallen into the hands of ill minded people and that is what has made it difficult for those of us who have one.

BANNING IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!

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