Omaha Officials Report on Meeting
Omaha, NE - Several cities in Nebraska are considering pit bull regulations in addition to Omaha. These cities include Hastings and Holdredge. Back in June, the city of Osceola, Nebraska had the foresight to pass a pit bull regulation before a serious attack. DogsBite.org applauds the proactive stance of Osceola and we hope more Nebraska cities follow.
Currently, the City of Omaha is still reviewing various options. Committee members met earlier in the week and called their meeting "extremely productive." Mayor Fahey, city council members, and the Nebraska Humane Society met and discussed ideas. They said all options are still on the table, including an all out ban of the breed.
The overall goal is to improve public safety.
Yet, the Nebraska Humane Society, who will end up enforcing public safety if the chosen method is a pit bull regulation is dangling. Judy Varner of the Nebraska Humane Society, as well as Mark Langan do not agree with breed-specific law and therefore do not agree with any type of city policy that directly targets the "pit bull" problem in Omaha.
We remind you that it was Langan that blamed the cloth leash on the attack that ripped off Charlotte's scalp instead of genetic pit bull traits. Langan knows all too well that the pit bull "slipped" out of his collar only to slowly and curiously approach the two mothers and children. With most dog breeds, similar actions would not cause immediate alarm.
But this was a pit bull. As soon as it reached the children -- without a bark, growl or other indication of attack -- it latched on to the child's scalp and ripped it off. This was not a fluke, this was just another instance of "101" pit bull genetics: an attack with no warning signs and the deadly pit bull "bite." Both Langan and Varner are fully aware of these genetic traits.
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org