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Police Chief James Carmody plans review of Wyoming's dog laws
Published: Tuesday, July 05, 2011

WYOMING -- Police Chief James Carmody is reviewing the city's dog laws in response to concerns about dangers posed by pit bulls and other breeds.

Earlier this year, a Wyoming man needed surgery after he was attacked by his neighbor's two pit bulls, and the City Council has heard pleas from residents for stricter controls twice in the past month.

Among the requirements sought by Honeoye Street SW resident Elizabeth Taylor: that pit bulls be micro-chipped and penned or muzzled, registered with the city for an annual fee, insured in case of attack, and limited to one per home. Another resident asked officials to enact a pit-bull ban.

Police Chief James Carmody plans review of Wyoming's dog laws | MLive.com

Pushing for new dog laws
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July 05, 2011 9:51 PM

WYOMING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A Wyoming woman is pushing for new dog laws.

Some residents living on Honeoye Street in Wyoming are looking for stricter laws governing dogs deemed dangerous. They've asked the city council to pass an ordinance that would require pit bulls to be micro-chipped and penned or muzzled and allow owners to have only one breed of a certain dog.

The woman leading the issue, Elizabeth Taylor, says she's on a crusade to create stiffer penalties for those who mismanage their dogs. This comes after a neighborhood dog jumped a four foot fence and brutally attacked her dogs and her husband.

"We turned because we heard the growling," said Taylor.

Taylor says she and her husband were walking their dogs, Jasper and Lucy, when a pit bull jumped over a bush and attacked them from behind.

"I picked the smaller of the two dogs up and that's when the pit bull took the smaller of the two dogs out of my arms," said Taylor.

Taylor says her husband received deep wounds on his arms as he protected her and their dogs. He was out of work for six weeks and Jasper and Lucy suffered in the attack as well. Jasper now has a metal plate in his leg and liver damage, while Lucy had a big chunk taken out of her flesh.

"This is where her neck was torn in two," said Taylor as she showed Newschannel 3 pictures of the aftermath of that attack.

Because of the trauma her family suffered, Taylor is now pushing the city to develop stiffer penalties when it comes to pit bulls.

"If you're going to own a pit bull, at least have a pen where you can put the dog that has a cover on it so the dog can't jump," said Taylor. "If you choose to walk the dog, at least have it muzzled."

Taylor also wants pit bull owners to be required to buy insurance because the vet bills for her dogs after the attack came to $5,000 and they only get about $50 a month from the owner charged in the attack.

Taylor is hoping more laws will mean less trauma for other families. She says she relives the attack on her family whenever she sees a pit bull.

"I still, every once in a while, will look at a pit bull and that starts to beat a little faster, wondering if it's going to happen again," said Taylor.

Taylor brought the issue before the city on June 6th. The Wyoming Police Department says it is reviewing the city's current laws and looking at laws in other cities.

As for the owner charged in the attack on Taylor's family, Taylor says he had some mental issues and is no longer allowed to keep a pet.

Pushing for new dog laws | laws, mich, new - WWMT NEWSCHANNEL 3
 

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This is a good thing Scotty, let us know if you get any response back.
 

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here's what I emailed to the mayor and all the city council members

I am contacting you regarding the subject of Breed Specific Dog Regulation in Wyoming, specifically the banning or strict regulation of "pit bulls".

I do not believe that this would even be an issue with the Chief of Police, had the recent incident in Wyoming involved a Black Lab or a weimaraner. It seems that too often municipalities overreact with regulation that is driven by paranoia and not fact.

Every city in the country that has embarked on breed specific regulation has encountered legal difficulties, negative media attention and added costs associated with enforcement and legal challenges to the laws. The city of Denver, CO, for example, has been in the courts on and off for two decades defending it's ban.

The main issue is not any specific breed of dog, but the behavior of dog owners. There are many things the city of wyoming can do to strengthen dog laws in the city while remaining breed neutral. Namely, stricter leash laws, tighter regulation dog breeders and better enforcement of current leash and registration laws.

Please consider the fact that the behavior of the dog is not predicated by the breed, but by the actions of it's owner. Do not penalize responsible dog owners and their families because of the bad behavior of a few.
 

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Nice letter Scotty, like I said I would like to hear if you hear anything back from them.
 

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Wyoming police chief to discuss possible pit bull ban at council meeting
Published: Monday, July 18, 2011,

WYOMING -- Recent requests to regulate or ban pit bulls has prompted a review by Wyoming's police chief. James Carmody at 7 p.m. today is scheduled to make a presentation in response to the pleas of some residents, City Clerk Heidi Isakson said.

The City Council meeting is at City Hall, 1155 28th St. SW.

Residents twice in recent weeks have asked the council to enact tougher restrictions on pit bulls including micro-chipping, muzzling and an all-out ban. A Wyoming man needed surgery this spring after he was attacked by his neighbor's two pit bulls.

While urging against a knee-jerk reaction, Mayor Jack Poll at the time said he'd be willing to consider more stringent restrictions on pit bulls or other kinds of dogs. Like many communities, Wyoming has a law regarding dangerous or mean dogs, but does not identify any specific breeds.

Wyoming police chief to discuss possible pit bull ban at council meeting | MLive.com

Wyoming Considers Pit Bull Ban at Council Meeting

The Wyoming City Council plans to discuss a possible ban on pit bulls at Monday night's regular city meeting.

A group of neighbors are pushing for tougher restrictions for dog owners and possibly an all out ban

Wyoming Considers Pit Bull Ban at Council Meeting - FOX 17
 

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I found out about this meeting too late or I would have gone. Since I sent emails to everyone on the city council and the mayor, not one of them sent me a response.



Wyoming is a suburb where I have a lot of family. The city has a lot of retail. If they enact a breed ban I won't be spending a dime in that city ever again.
 

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Very cool Scotty, let us know what happens if you do hear a response. And you may or may not but ya never know. Good luck
 

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We need to start enforcing the dangerous dog laws we have on the books, rather than writing blanket legislation that is nothing more than media-driven fear equivielent to canine racism.
:goodpost: I thought Wyoming was country.... hell I seen more horses in town than pickups, of course I was just driving through; none the less what kind of dogs should be owned in open wolf country like that? A heeler aka australian cattle dog ? a lab? .. tsk tsk tsk desperate measures for the BSL and HSUS as their hysteria has boiled over leaving nothing but truth left to reveal.
 

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wyoming michigan is a mostly working class suburb in the Metro Grand Rapids area.

I love how the city had 70 pit bites reported last year and 40 lab bites. But there's no discussion about targeting owners of labs.
 
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