Second Reading of New Dangerous Dog Ordinance
Osceola, NE - The City of Osceola is about to hold a second reading of a proposed ordinance to ban pit bulls and seven other dog breeds. The current ordinance is restrictive. The new ordinance, if it passes, will actually ban possession of dog breeds listed as vicious.
Willie Dotson-Monroe owns Maggie, a 2-year old pit bull. Maggie is the only dog in Osceola known to be listed in the city’s current dangerous dog ordinance. Dotson-Monroe and his dog live across the street from Renee and Kent Johansen and their three children. The Johansens are leading the move for the ban. Mayor Lindsley says:
"We are trying to be proactive and do what’s right before something happens that forces us to take some reactive action."
Maggie's owners are distressed. They bought the $100,000 dollar liability insurance that the current ordinance demands. They also bought a "stake" that could not be pulled out of the ground and shortened Maggie's chain. Later they even bought a kennel for the dog. They claim they spent a $1,000 to adhere to the current ordinance.
The family across the street (with three children) is still looking at a staked, chained pit bull; a recipe for disaster.
Renee Johansen admits that Maggie has not done anything yet. But apparently a different potentially dangerous dog did, which is why she and other town members support banning a group of breeds from their neighborhoods. The article mentions 7 breeds, in addition to pit bulls, but does not list their names. The third and final reading of the new ordinance occurs June 10th.