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Beatrice, NE: First reading draws public comment against BSL

Posted on March 22, 2011 by stopbslcom| Leave a comment
Last night, Beatrice, NE council discussed a new animal ordinance that would declare all "pit bulls" (any dog appearing to be more than 50% "pit bull," DNA tests done at owner's expense) to be "potentially dangerous" dogs, thereby placing discriminatory restrictions on pit bull ownership.
The city council seems to understand that breed-neutral language would be a better option (as it would protect the entire community from all dogs, and would protect all dogs from abusive owners regardless of breed), but whether they will remove the breed-specific language remains to be seen.
The proposed ordinance may be read here. The second reading of the ordinance should take place at an upcoming council meeting, perhaps April 4.
Public weighs in on new animal ordinance

Measure will require breed-specific laws for pit bull owners
By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer Beatrice Daily Sun Online | Posted: Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6:00 am
[...]The bulk of the discussion focused on a proposal to declaring all pit bull breed of dogs to be potentially dangerous animals.[...]
One person who spoke in opposition to the pit bull section of the ordinance was Gina Grone, Humane Society executive director.
"I would like you to take a look at (the ordinance) without the pit bull wording," Grone told the Council. "Anything that you want to prohibit in regard to any dogs that fit into that pit bull definition is covered by the dangerous dog ordinance. I think that you can have the results and control that you want without putting undue stresses or pressure on people who own these dogs in the city and are responsible."[...]
After hearing from members of the community opposed to the pit bull portion of the ordinance, Council member Calvin Carey indicated it might be an aspect the ordinance could do without.
"The main thing is you want the pit bull taken out of the language, and I think we can go ahead and adjust that." Carey said.
The issue of how to determine a dog to be a pit bull was also raised.
[City attorney] Tempelmeyer said guideline set by national kennel clubs would be used to determine if a dog was more than 50 percent pit bull.
Should DNA tests be necessary, he added it would most likely not be the cities responsibility to fund the tests.[...]
Full article retrieved 3/22/11 from http://www.beatricedailysun.com/news...cc4c002e0.html
Beatrice City Council, 400 Ella Street, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
(402) 228-5200
FAX (402) 228-2312

City Attorney feedback form: The City of Beatrice, Nebraska
City Clerk feedback form: The City of Beatrice, Nebraska
City Administrator Neal Niedfeldt, [email protected]
 

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Beatrice, NE: Second reading of proposed BSL, April 4

Beatrice, NE: Second reading of proposed BSL, April 4

Posted on April 3, 2011 by stopbslcom| Leave a comment
In March, Beatrice, NE council discussed a new animal ordinance that would declare all "pit bulls" (any dog appearing to be more than 50% "pit bull," DNA tests done at owner's expense) to be "potentially dangerous" dogs, thereby placing discriminatory restrictions on pit bull ownership.
The local humane society and a few members of the public have spoken against the breed-specific language, but council reaction has been mixed. It is not clear whether the council will remove the breed-specific language. Locals, please attend the second reading of the ordinance and request breed-neutral revisions. Respectful, but vocal, public opposition to BSL is critical at this stage.
Council meeting, April 4, 7:00 PM at Beatrice Administration Building, 320 N. 5th Street, Beatrice, NE 68310
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Beatrice City Council, 400 Ella Street, Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
(402) 228-5200
FAX (402) 228-2312
City Attorney feedback form: The City of Beatrice, Nebraska
City Clerk feedback form: The City of Beatrice, Nebraska
City Administrator Neal Niedfeldt, [email protected]
Council to revisit animal ordinance

By Scott Koperski/Daily Sun staff writer | Posted: Saturday, April 2, 2011 6:00 am
[...] The proposed ordinance was brought up in response to discussions dating back to last year regarding claims that special legislation - possibly even a ban - should be placed on pit bull breeds of dogs. The council will hear the second of three readings of the ordinance during Monday's regular meeting, at 7 p.m. at the Beatrice Public Schools Administration Building.[...]
City attorney Tobias Tempelmeyer said a major difference in the proposed ordinance is it would automatically classify pit bulls as "potentially-dangerous" animals.[...]
While discussions continue, Tempelmeyer said a council member approached him about preparing certain amendments that would remove the pit bull wording, among other things, from the ordinance.[...]
While Tempelmeyer was asked to prepare these amendments to the resolution, he said they may not be proposed at Monday's meeting. [...]
Full article retrieved 4/3/11 from Council to revisit animal ordinance
 

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Beatrice, NE: Breed-specific wording removed

Beatrice, NE: Breed-specific wording removed

Posted on April 19, 2011 by stopbslcom| Leave a comment
Beatrice, NE council voted to remove the breed-specific language in the proposed animal ordinance revisions. It was a very close vote.
When election day comes around, please remember the folks who supported breed-discriminatory language.
Voting to remove the breed-specific language: Mayor Dennis Schuster, Calvin Carey, Alan Fetty, Allen Langdale, Erich Tiemann.
Voting to keep the breed-specific language: Jason Schmale, Jason Moore, David "Pede" Catlin, Dwight Parde.

Please also take a moment to thank the city council for removing the breed-specific language: City Clerk feedback form: The City of Beatrice, Nebraska
 
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