$500,000 Insurance Coverage
Rushville, NE - The City of Rushville recently voted to ban new pit bulls. Citing a "rash of attacks" City Council members voted unanimously to prohibit new pit bulls in the city. The ban goes into effect in January. Existing pit bull owners must gain liability insurance coverage of $500,000 (Kudos to City Council members and City Attorney Jamian Simmons!), keep the animal securely confined, except when leashed and muzzled, and display a "Beware of Dog -- Pit Bull" sign.
Additional cities in Nebraska with breed-specific laws include: Auburn, Ceresco, Gordon, Loup, Minden, Omaha and Osceola. In the case of Rushville, an additional ordinance was created for breeders and defines them as having four or more dogs in a home over the age of 12 months. The ordinance requires breeders to obtain a license, pay fees and abide by regulations. Mayor Chris Heiser told the World-Herald, "We're just trying to catch up with the times."
The city will save lives and limbs in the process too. Good job Mayor Heiser!
10/20/09: Nebraska Humane Society Describes Pit Bull Injury as 'Mutilation'
02/09/09: Pit Bull Bends Metal Catch Pole Before Strangling Self to Death in Noose
06/28/08: Coverage of the Omaha Pit Bull Attack - DogsBite.org