Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Springfield, IL - A postal official asked the Springfield City Council’s public affairs and safety committee to do something about dangerous dogs. Just what should be done, however, isn’t clear. Scott Cheeseman, manager of customer service for the post office in Springfield, said three letter carriers were attacked last week by pit bull type dogs, a resident was too.
He added that one carrier will be off work for 10 days. There have been eight attacks this year in a city that averages three annually, he said. "What I ask is the City of Springfield to adopt tougher standards for animals." Other than stronger leash laws and stiffer fines, Cheeseman had no specific suggestions. He said he’d like to see a ban on pit bulls but doesn’t think that’s realistic.
Thanks to the ASPCA, Illinois is prohibited from passing breed-specific laws.Ledy Vankavage, the senior director of legal training and legislation for the ASPCA, was instrumental in passing this law. Currently, she is in Omaha possibly trying to hoodwink city officials into believing that "anti-tethering" laws will stop violent pit bull attacks. She is also the owner of three pit bulls, a breed that kills countless pets among other atrocities.
As a reminder, the letter "P" in the ASPCA stands for "Prevention" of cruelty to animals, not "Perpetuaton."Of the eight last human attacks in the combined cities of Omaha and Springfied, it appears only 1 involved a "chained" (tethered) pit bull, which snapped its chain then attacked. Anti-tethering laws clearly have little to do with the problem either city is experiencing. It's uplifting to hear a Postal Service manager acknowledge the specific issue that pit bulls present.
Ward 1 Ald. Frank Edwards said the council might take some kind of action, especially if the attacks continue. The problem is that there is little action too take. Springfield is undergoing a breed-specific problem and is forbidden to create laws to target it. Looks like Springfield -- and every other Illinois city -- is stuck with upping fines for an unleashed dog.
A $25 dollar fine -- that ought to stop these serious maulings.Related articles:
07/01/08: Fourth Attack in Springfield in Less Than 2 Weeks
06/28/08: USPS Releases Photos Of Mauled Letter Carrier
06/25/08: Springfield Mailman Attacked by Two Pit Bulls
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| 7/01/2008 4:21 PM |
Springfield, needs to understand that they can put into place breed specific laws that they have every right to safeguard their citizens.
This is constitutional and their state law will not be upheld. This has been true since a Supreme Court ruling in 1897. This is why we can demand rabies innoculations.
Recently the Supreme Court would not hear a case from Ohio where an individual was testing just that right. All laws are tested as they are enforced and this one is bogus.
| 7/02/2008 6:21 PM |
I have a suggestion for the letter carriers--from the head on down-quit delivering the mail. I'm not kidding. Call in the Feds. Why risk your life delivering a copy of Sports Ilustrated. If the town can't protect you the sue the City of Springfield. Pit bulls are very
unpredictable and prey driven with an unforgiving bite.
| 7/03/2008 12:29 AM |
It's so funny. This nut job dresses her dogs like goofy clowns as a means of proving they are harmless.
I seem to recall that serial killer John Wayne Gacy dressed up like a clown too...