Stuck on Muzzling Requirement
Omaha, NE - The city council is now looking at several amendments after a packed public hearing on the potential new law last week. But it could still be at least another week before they vote on it. In all, six amendments have been proposed. The changes include:
- Upping a pit bull owner's age from 19 to 21.
- Requiring pit bulls to be harnessed instead of just leashed.
- The Nebraska Humane Society wants to gives pit bull owners the option to take a course called the Pit Bull Breed Ambassador Program. If the owner and dog pass, mandatory muzzling would not apply.
- Jim Suttle wants the mandatory pit bull muzzling dropped all together even though such a law would prevent the type of attack that ripped off Charlotte's scalp. He said, "Maybe we should muzzle bad owners, maybe that's where our muzzling should be."
- It is reported that the mayor will not support a measure without muzzling.
Though various councilmembers disagree on aspects, they do agree that whatever passes needs to be tested and then tweaked. Garry Gernandt says animal control officers and law enforcement need to test the law in the field with animals and then make more changes.
It was reported earlier in the month that Councilman Suttle has formed an exploratory committee to making a bid for mayor. The current mayor, Mike Fahey, announced last month that he will not seek re-election.
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