USPS Manager Wants Change
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.