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Webb City council approves pit bull ban

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni [email protected] The Joplin Globe Mon Jun 13, 2011, 11:10 PM CDT

WEBB CITY, Mo. - Smoking in public places still is allowed in Webb City, but pit bulls are not unless they were registered before Monday.

The City Council meeting was emotionally charged Monday night, with a first reading on the proposed smoking ban and a second reading on an ordinance banning pit bulls that are not registered with the city.

Several residents used the public comment session to speak for and against each measure, as has been the case at the past three meetings. Arguments from residents continued even after the session ended, to the point that Mayor John Biggs asked several times for order in the room.

Susan Oliver, a Webb City pit bull owner, told the council that she realizes the "dog situation is a problem," but she asked members to vote against a pit bull ban. She cited misconceptions about the breed, statistics showing that bans have not prevented dog bites, and her belief that a ban would not address the real issue: responsible ownership.

Tosha Burgos, a Webb City pit bull owner, also told the council that the solution is not to ban a breed of dog.

"How can you ban a dog because of an irresponsible owner?" she asked the council.

In the end, the council was evenly split on adopting such an ordinance, which required Biggs to cast a tie-breaking vote.

Biggs said he considered "personal experience" and "four to five hours of reading" he had done on the matter, and voted in favor of the ordinance. He was met with a vocal response by numerous residents, most of whom walked out.

The ban means it will be unlawful to have a pit bull in the city limits unless it was registered with the city before the ordinance was adopted, and numerous restrictions will apply. The penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of $200 to $500.

Webb City council approves pit bull ban Local News The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO
 

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Webb City council grants extension for pit bull owners
By Andra Bryan Stefanoni [email protected] The Joplin Globe Tue Jun 28, 2011, 06:34 PM CDT

WEBB CITY, Mo. - The City Council on Monday night amended its newly approved pit bull ban to establish a grace period for current residents or those now moving to the city.

The new ordinance provides an extension through 5 p.m. July 12 for residents to register their pit bulls. After that, no pit bulls will be allowed in the town.

After the ordinance was adopted on June 13, city leaders had discussed concerns that some residents might not have been aware of the requirement that they register their pit bulls. The earlier ordinance made it unlawful for anyone to have an unregistered pit bull in the city as soon as that ordinance was adopted.

The penalty for violating the ordinance is a fine of $200 to $500.

Councilmen Jerry Fisher and Don Darby requested that the ordinance be placed back on the council agenda so the extension could be added.

Pet owners seeking to register their pit bulls must provide proof of vaccinations including those for rabies and distemper. The cost for registration, good for one year, is $5. If the pet owner can provide proof that the animal has been spayed or neutered, the cost for registration is 50 cents.

Once an animal is registered with the city, the owner must renew the registration each year on June 1

Webb City council grants extension for pit bull owners Local News The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO
 
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