Citizen Offers Support
Sioux City, IA - Council members have been steadily honing a pit bull ban for a period of months. The proposed ban has passed two readings and requires one more to be enacted into law. Just before the last reading, set for September 15th, two new pit bull attacks have occurred. One involved a disabled teenager and the other a 4-year old girl. Both incidents involved innocent people attacked by loose pit bulls.
Passing a pit bull ordinance is no easy undertaking for a city council. Additionally, they must endure "pit bull spamming," where non-local residents flood council member email inboxes with aggressive and intimidating emails, such as, "BSL IS GENOCIDE!" and "YOU ARE A DOG MURDERER!" Yet, citizen Matt Delzell reminds council members of the majority opinion in a recent letter to the Sioux City Journal newspaper.
Council Should 'Hold Firm' on Pit Bull BanMatt J. Delzell, Sioux City Journal
October 14, 2008
A very loud group of pit bull owners affected by the proposed ban continue to fight against what’s best for our community. I hope the City Council realizes these people don’t speak for most of us who understand that public safety is more important than one’s personal dog breed preference. Most of these advocates live in Merrill, Hinton or Lawton and feel they should have some influence on policy in Sioux City.
I think I speak for the silent majority in Sioux City when I say I don’t care much for pit bulls and really do think they pose a danger to our city. Especially after what happened to that poor boy attacked by two pit bulls when getting off a school bus.
While we all acknowledge that owners do play a role in pit bull problems, for those who insist that the problem is 100 percent owner driven, notice that the owner didn’t bite the poor child, and consider that if he had encountered a labrador when he got off the bus, he probably wouldn’t have suffered from more than some unwelcomed licking and panting.
We want something done about this, and I hope the City Council won’t be influenced be a highly vocal group with a minority opinion. Councilman Rochester deserves praise for working to resolve this problem on behalf of the honest and caring people in this city. It’s not going away, and the City Council needs to hold firm against animal rights wackos and do the right thing.
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08/27/08: Sioux City Irons Out Final Pit Bull Ordinance Issues