Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sioux City, IW - Sioux City's pit bull ban has passed. The ban is effective immediately. It applies to all dogs that are more than 50 percent pit bull. Current pit bull owners can keep their dogs as long as they register them within the next 6 months. If they fail to do so, the dog will be impounded. DogsBite.org applauds the efforts of Sioux City councilmen Jim Rixner, Aaron Rochester and the other council members that made this law possible.
The ordinance spells out the justification for the ban:
Currently there are 78 pit bulls licensed in Sioux City out of 3,232 total dogs. Therefore pit bulls make up less than three percent of the dogs licensed in Sioux City. However, since October they accounted for 47 percent of the number of high risk/vicious dog hearings in Sioux City. Clearly some pit bulls are not licensed but other breeds of dogs are not licensed as well.Click here to read the ordinance (page 133)
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| 9/16/2008 1:03 PM |
"You can take and make any dog mean. Any dog, the littlest dog you can make it vicious. It's the owners fault. That's who should be punished not the dogs," says a Sioux City resident who opposes the ban.
No you can't. That is complete bull. Pit bull owners actually believe that every pit bull that attacks has been specifically trained to do so. Which is why they shouldn't be allowed to own these dogs anymore. We have to ban them, they have given us no other choice.
Congrats Sioux City citizens!
| 9/16/2008 1:58 PM |
Another town voting for regulating pits. An interesting note:
But Sturgis Animal Control Officer Kurt Nulle says the plan is warranted because the city is realizing an increase in attacks and complaints with the pit bull breed.
Increase in not only attacks but complaints. I think this shows that any issue no matter how small should be called into Animal Control. It shows people are concerned, educated, and want something done.
| 9/16/2008 10:31 PM |
If you have six months to register them whats to stop people from getting more dogs between now and then? What about puppies? All a person has to do is say "opps", I didn't mean for them to get together.
Alot can happen in six months. I guess we'll see, but I'll bet there is still alot of trouble to come from these pit bull people. I still think many are insane or very near to it.
| 9/17/2008 1:10 AM |
David, they do address some of these aspects in the ban. I will copy and paste below:
ORDINANCE CREATING CHAPTER 7.10 ENTITLED “PIT BULLS PROHIB-
ITED” OF THE SIOUX CITY MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT PIT BULLS IN
SIOUX CITY WITH LIMITED EXCEPTIONS.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SIOUX CITY, IOWA:
Section 1. Pit Bull Prohibition. Chapter 7.10 “Pit Bulls Prohibited” of Title 7 “Animals” of the Sioux City Municipal Code is hereby created to read as follows:
7.10.010 Pit Bull defined. A “pit bull” is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the breeds of Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as set forth in the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the aforementioned breeds.
7.10.020 Pit Bull registration. All pit bulls in the City must be registered by their owners within six months from the effective date of this section. Owners shall register their pit bull on the license form by listing the applicable pit bull breed next to the word “breed” on the city license form. The word pit bull should be placed next to the word “breed” on the form if the dog has the appearance and characteristics of being predominately of the breeds of Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier. Owners of pit bulls currently li-censed but unsure if they filled out the “breed” section of the form may contact the poundmaster and amend their license if necessary but must do so within six months from the effective date of this ordinance. Each year, upon renewal of the license, the owner of a pit bull must register the pit bull by appropriately filling in the breed section.
7.10.030 Pit Bulls prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell within the City of Sioux City, Iowa, any pit bull.
1. Pit bulls currently and continuously registered and licensed pursuant to Section 7.10.020 of
this Chapter shall be exempt from Section 7.10.030.
2. Offspring of registered pit bulls shall be exempt from Section 7.10.030 for the first six
months of life. Within ten days of their birth, owners of offspring of registered pit bulls shall send a certified letter to the poundmaster announcing their birth. Failure to properly notify the poundmaster shall remove the exemption from the offspring.
3. Pit bulls temporarily held by the Human Society of Sioux City shall be exempt from
4. Pit bulls temporarily transported and held in the City for the purpose of showing the pit bull in a place of public exhibition, contest or show sponsored by a dog club association or similar organization shall be exempt from Section 7.10.030. Pit bulls may not be temporarily transported or held in the City for the above referenced purpose for more than thirty days.
5. Pit bulls held in the City’s animal shelter, transported by City personnel or transported by persons contracted by the City for animal control services shall be exempt from
1. The poundmaster of the City of Sioux City, Iowa, is authorized to immediately impound any pit bull found in the City of Sioux City, Iowa, which does not fall within one of the exceptions contained in Section 7.10.040 above. Unless it is determined that the pit bull falls under one of the exceptions and subject to subsection 2 below, ten calendar days after impoundment the poundmaster shall destroy the pit bull unless the owner of the pit bull produces evidence deemed sufficient by the poundmaster that the pit bull is to be permanently taken out of Sioux City, and the owner pays the cost of impoundment.
2. When the poundmaster has impounded any pit bull pursuant to this section and the owner of the pit bull disputes the classification of the animal as a pit bull and/or disputes whether the pit bull is exempted from Section 7.10.030, the owner of the pit bull may file a written request for a hearing with the City Manager or the City Manager’s designee within seven calendar days after impoundment. The appellant/owner of the pit bull shall bear the burden of proof. The City Manager or the City Manager’s designee will act as hearing officer. At the conclusion of the hearing or some time thereafter the hearing officer shall render a written decision as to whether the animal is a pit bull. The findings of the City Manager or the City Manager’s designee shall
3. The City Manager or the City Manager’s designee upon finding that the animal is a pit bull pursuant to subsection 2 above shall order the destruction of the pit bull unless the owner of the pit bull produces evidence deemed sufficient by the poundmaster that the pit bull is to be permanently taken out of Sioux City, and the owner pays the cost of impoundment. The City Manager or City Manager’s designee shall not destroy any pit bull until all legal proceedings and appellate time frames have expired.
4. Nothing herein shall prevent the poundmaster from simultaneously following any other procedure or process contained within this Title as appropriate.
Section 2. Severability Clause. If any of the provisions of this ordinance are for any reason illegal or void, then the lawful provisions of this ordinance, which are separable from said unlaw-ful provisions shall be and remain in full force and effect, the same as if the ordinance contained no illegal or void provisions.
Section 3. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its final passage and publication as by law provided.