Additional Restrictions Proposed
Sioux City, IW - Sioux City continues to hammer out details for their pit bull ordinance. Councilman Jim Rixner asked for additional restrictions on existing owners of pit bulls after the ban is instituted. Currently, the proposed ban (driven by councilman Aaron Rochester) only requires that the remaining dogs be registered after the ban. Rixner wants new specifics added including:
- Require all pit bull owners to register and license their dogs with the city within 60 days of the ordinance's approval. In order to obtain the city license already, pet owners must vaccinate their dogs and cats.
- After that 60-day period, the city should start a campaign to encourage people to report pit bulls in their neighborhoods. Animal Control officers will follow up on those reports and would seize pit bulls that have not been registered and licensed. Those dogs would be euthanized. Pit bull owners who prove they have registered and licensed their dogs could keep them.
Rixner said, "These proposals protect our city, punish irresponsible owners and respect the rights of responsible owners. Furthermore, they take effect immediately." At a previous meeting, the council gave second round approval to Rochester's legislation, but gave the ad hoc committee another two weeks to draft additional proposals.
It appears that final legislation is only weeks away from a final vote.
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