Breeders Also Targeted
Wichita, KA - It was announced today that Wichita City Council approved changes to its animal ordinance. The changes are set to go into effect July 1st. The updated ordinance targets pit bull owners, but all Wichita dog and cat owners will be affected. New requirements for pit bull owners and breeders include (view new ordinance):
- Mandatory microchipping of pit bulls
- Mandatory sterilization of pit bulls (unless owner obtains breeder’s license)
- Households are limited to two pit bulls (exempts owners with valid permits prior to new ordinance)
- Provides right to appeal determination that any dog is a pit bull and allows vets to certify that the dog is not a pit bull.
- Exempts pit bulls kept temporarily in city for legitimate dog shows and service dogs.
- Breeder’s license will allow no more than two unaltered adult pit bulls.
- Breeder’s license cannot be issued for residential premises.
In addition to new pit bull requirements, the city wants to allow more flexibility for rabies vaccinations. Animals would be required to get rabies shots every three years instead of annually. It also includes new animal nuisance provisions, zoning requirements for commercial animal businesses (dog groomers) and rules and regulations for off-leash dog parks.
Wichita now joins many other Kansas cities which have implemented pit bull laws including: Arkansas City, Dodge City, El Dorado, Lola, Junction City, Kansas City, Leawood, Maize, Manhattan, Overland Park, Park City, Pittsburg, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Salina, Shawnee County, Spring Hill, Sterling, Topeka, and Ulyssess. View all related Kansas ordinances.
03/06/09: Two New Cities Ban Pit Bulls: Pilot Grove, Missouri and Gallipolis, Ohio
02/10/09: Fort Drum Prohibits Aggressive Dog Breeds from Base Housing
02/06/09: Ecuador Joins International Trend: Bans Pit Bulls and Rottweilers as Pets
01/28/09: Lancaster Passes Mandatory Pit Bull and Rottweiler Sterilization Law