Snip the Pits Law
Indianapolis, IN - It was recently reported that Indianapolis council member Mike Speedy plans to introduce an "At-Risk" dog ordinance that would require pit bulls to be spay or neutered. The proposal comes two months after Brenda Hill suffered a partial leg amputation after being attacked by two pit bulls. The proposal also follows a 2006 non breed-specific ordinance, which has proven to be ineffective, as well as other serious, unprovoked pit bull attacks.
The "At-Risk" dog ordinance includes the sterilization of pit bulls, as well as requiring owners to hang an "At-Risk Dog" sign outside their home. The "At-Risk" concept addresses that pit bulls are the most abused dogs (dogfighting and animal cruelty), and the dogs that pose the greatest public safety risk when they are abused. The proposal also requires owners -- if cited for a non-bite violation, such as a loose dog -- to carry liability insurance.
Little Rock Law Cuts Attacks in Half
Included in the article is information about Little Rock's law. Back in May, the city passed a pit bull law that combined anti-tethering for all dogs and the following, but not limited to, pit bull requirements: mandatory registration and sterilization and posting a "Pit Bull Inside" sticker on the dog owner's home. Tracy Roark of Little Rock Animal Services told reporters that pit bull attacks have been cut in half and credits their new ordinance with getting them there.
Council member Mike Speedy's proposed "At-Risk" law will be introduced next month.
03/07/09: Coverage of Indianapolis Serious Pit Bull Attacks and Controversy
06/08/08: Little Rock Pit Bull Ordinance: Possibly a Very Effective Blend