Friday, April 24, 2009
Indianapolis, IN - City-County Council Member Mike Speedy intends to file his "At Risk" dog proposal today in an effort to address the city's growing number of pit bull attacks. Speedy made the announcement yesterday while standing in front of the home of Brenda Hill, a woman who lost part of her leg after two pit bulls attacked her in January. "We've tried outreach. We've tried education. But we need to admit that (pit bull advocates) need our legislative help," he said.
City County Councillor Offers Proactive Solution to Indy’s Most At Risk Dog, the Pit BullThe "At Risk" Ordinance Includes:
(View news release) "Friday, April 24th, Councillor Mike Speedy will file a proposal called the At Risk Dog proposal. He is making this announcement at Brenda Hill’s house standing side-by-side with her family. The At Risk Dog proposal is designed to protect people from devastating dog bites and pit bull breeds from abuse. Additionally, it requires more humane treatment for all dogs such as prohibiting direct point chaining, higher fines for violations with unaltered dogs and that all dogs and cats leaving the Indianapolis Animal Care & Control be spayed or neutered."
- Require pit bull owners to spay or neuter their dogs.
- Prohibit residents from owning more than two pit bulls more than 8 weeks old.
- Require pit bull owners to register their dogs with the city.
- Allow the city to revoke an owner's pit bull permit if that owner mistreated the dog.
- Allow the city to require any dog it declared dangerous -- usually for attacking a person or animal -- to be muzzled in public.
- Allow the city to require any owner who mistreats a dog to purchase liability insurance.
- Fine the owner of any dog running loose that is not spayed or neutered.
- Restrict the ways owners can chain their dogs.
Speedy sums up the opposition by saying that his opponents "think you're criminalizing the dog when actually we're trying to protect it from criminals." He argues that targeting pit bulls makes sense in a city with a pit bull problem. The proposal will appear on the agenda at the May 4 City County Council meeting, but will not be discussed until subsequent committee meetings. During these future meetings, council members will lay out a procedure for accepting public input.
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| 4/24/2009 2:30 PM |
I didn't see a comment from Doug Rae. After all he is trying to save them all. Hard to get stuff done when AC is saying no, not right. Temperament testing in shelters is too "stressful" as if walking down a strange street isn't. So how does this fit in with the plans of Mr. Rae and "No Kill"?
| 4/24/2009 3:33 PM |
Douglas Rae is totally opposed to the proposed ordinance and plans on "fighting" it. The No-Killers oppose all mandatory spay/neuter laws. Did you miss Winograd's recent rant on the Indy issue?
Classic Winograd lies and distortions.
| 4/24/2009 7:46 PM |
I want to thank Mike Speedy for trying to save human lives. This is a man of great courage. Mike Speedy once narrowly missed being mauled by a pit bull that broke through its collar and came after him. He prepared for the attack by placing his hands over his face, drawing his arms to his side. He stood still knowing he could not out run the dog. The pit bull came and at the last minute the owner screamed for the dog to stop. Literally at his feet the dog stopped. He remembers the owners words, "He wouldn't hurt you." Councillman Speedy is a hero to me because I am a mauling victim. I know other mauling victims who support his work. There are also members of the pit bull community who support his work but are afraid to speak out. There is retribution on people who speak out.
| 4/24/2009 10:05 PM |
For years there hasn't been anyone here who really understood the pit bull problem or for that matter was educated about dogs in general.
This is a quote from John Aylshire who is the executive director of the Humane Society of Indianapolis
"If you were attacked by a person of a different racial or ethnic background would you find it acceptable to make laws singling that group out for punishment." This man compares pit bulls to human beings--tell me is Indianapolis in trouble? This man understands nothing. He is a friend of criminals who use the dog for which it was created. In Indianapolis half the dogs in the pound are pit bulls--we have had terrible human maulings. Thank you Indianapolis Humane you are inhumane to dogs and throw human beings to the dogs.
| 4/24/2009 11:49 PM |
Too hard and too many dangerous hindsight provisions...Just ban them!
I can't believe the Pit Bull community still has a seat at the public safety debate after their plan produce a 33% increase in pit bull bite last year.
| 4/25/2009 3:16 AM |
F-Troop Dougie's latest smokescreen is to require dog licensing for Indianapolis.
Unfortunately, he failed to mention that he only acheived a 4 percent licensing rate while running PACCA in Philadelphia.
I don't know why he believes proliferating more Pit Bulls will help Indy's mauling problem!
| 4/25/2009 11:05 PM |
So Rae is working with Nathan Winograd, who is working with pit bull breeders and lobbies and businesses
How can Indianapolis rationalize that they have an animal control director, Douglas Rae, who is lobbying for the pit bull breeding and fighting lobby on taxpayer time and money, and AGAINST public safety interest?
And who handed out aggressive pit bullsa to the public in his previous job?
| 5/13/2009 11:09 AM |
I have been attacked numerous times by pit bulls. I have had to go to the hospital twice and I have had to nurse my dog a shep chow mix for months to save its life. The breed should be banned.