Montana HB-191 Has Been Scheduled
HB 191, the Montana new pit bull ban, has been scheduled for a hearing January 22nd at 3 PM in Room 172. The bill is sponsored by Robyn Driscoll. DogsBite.org urges all Montana residents to email or call the Local Government Committee members (see list of members and contact information) and offer your support of this progressive bill. If you can attend this hearing, it promises to be unforgettable. Learn how to testify before the committee (see instructions) and learn a brief history of HB 191.
Castalia, IA Considers Ban on New Pit Bulls
Castalia, IA - Another Iowa town is considering a pit bull ban. This past Monday, the Castalia City Council scheduled a public hearing on an ordinance that prohibits pit bull type dogs, or regulates the ownership of these dogs located within the Castalia before the adoption of the ordinance. Existing pit bulls could stay in the city but would need to meet certain requirements, including purchasing $500,000 in liability insurance. If adopted, Castalia will be the first city in Winneshiek County to have one. (See other Iowa cities with pit bull regulations.)
Sioux City, IA Adds Microchipping to Ban
Sioux City, IA - City Council recently voted 4-1 to amend its 4-month-old pit bull ordinance by requiring existing pit bulls to be microchipped, to be confined in a pen, kennel or dog run while outside and to be restrained on a 6-foot leash while being walked. Anyone walking a pit bull must also be at least 18 years old. Simultaneously, they dropped the muzzle proposal. The new regulations take effect Saturday. In September, the council banned the adoption of new pit bulls in the community but allowed current owners to keep their dogs until they die.
Lowell City, MA Looking to Muzzle Pit Bulls
Lowell, MA - Citing 31 pit-bull related bites and attacks on humans and domesticated animals in the past two years, Lowell City Council wants to put a tight leash on the breed and its owners. On Tuesday, the council is expected to vote on an ordinance mirroring a Boston law requiring pit bulls be leashed and muzzled when off their owner's property. The City of Haverhill has a similar ordinance. The vote comes after the council adopted a "vicious and dangerous dog" ordinance. (See other Massachusetts cities with pit bull regulations.)
Cleveland, MS Dangerous Dog Ordinance Shows Results
Cleveland, MS - After a series of attacks on people and pets, Cleveland passed a dangerous dog ordinance that declares pit bulls "dangerous." Cleveland Police Chief, Buster Bingham, says the ordinance is working. He said that many people are turning over their dogs upon realizing that they cannot meet the new requirements. Part of the requirements include: being 21-years of age, $100,000 liability insurance, mandatory spay/neuter and posting a "Dangerous Dog" sign. (See other Mississippi cities with pit bull regulations).
Thomas County, GA Sheriff Wants Pit Bulls Out
Albany, GA - After the fatal mauling of 5-year old Chyenne Pepper, Thomas County Sheriff Carlton Powell is asking for a pit bull ban in Thomas County. The father of Chyenne Peppers spoke at the County Commission meeting too. He expressed great grief over his loss and backed the Sheriff in banning the dogs that took his daughters life. Powell said he doesn't want to risk human life for an animal ever again. He expects county officials to take action in the next couple of months. (See other Georgia cities with pit bull regulations).
01/06/09: 2009 Fatality: 5-Year Old Chyenne Peppers Killed by Three Family Pit Bulls
09/16/08: Pit Bull Ban Passes in Sioux City, Iowa
05/23/08: Haverhill Expecting Huge Turnout on Dog Law Hearing