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3 thoughts on “Springfield, Missouri Pit Bull Ordinance is Working

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  1. But…BSL never works!

    It doesn’t work if you are a Pit Bull breeder. The Pro-Maul lobby is trying to pass a statewide prohibition on BSL in Missouri.

    Heads up show me state!

  2. Congrats to Springfield for this sensible ordinance! BSL is a proven benefit and Springfield could appreciate this within mere weeks of implementation. Things will only improve year-over-year.

  3. these are the pit bull laws for springfield mo

    In order to be in compliance with the new ordinance, pit bull owners must follow these regulations:

    Owners must register pit bulls with Springfield Animal Control. Registration will take place at the Animal Shelter by appointment only. Call 417-864-1126 to schedule an appointment.

    At the time of registration, owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination for the pit bull.

    Owners must also pay an annual registration fee of $50 for each pit bull.

    Owners must have a microchip inserted under the dog's skin. This service can be provided by Animal Shelter staff at time of registration and is included in the $50 registration fee. Alternatively, owners can have the procedure done at a veterinarian's office and provide written proof to Animal Shelter staff at time of registration.

    Owners must ensure the dog is spayed or neutered, unless it is AKC or UKC registered and actively competing.

    Owners must keep the dog in a secured enclosure while on the owner's property. (See definition in City Code section 18-7)

    Owners must post a sign at least 8"x10" stating "Pit Bull Dog" at each entrance to the owner's property.

    Owners must keep the pit bull leashed and muzzled while not on the owner's property.

    Owners must notify staff at the City Manager or his authorized representative within 5 days if the pit bull is lost, stolen, dies or has puppies.

    New litters of puppies must be removed from city limits or taken to the Springfield Animal Shelter unless they are registered according to the guidelines listed above.

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