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Omaha, NE P$#@! Restrictions on Pit Bulls
Published Saturday September 27, 2008
Council to consider amending dog plan
BY TOM SHAW
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
A number of changes could be made to Omaha Mayor Mike Fahey's proposed dangerous dog ordinances before any new rules are adopted.
City Council members have introduced several amendments to the proposal. Some amendments would lessen restrictions on pit bulls, while others would toughen requirements for pit bulls and their owners.
The amendments will be considered Tuesday before the council votes on Fahey's entire package of new rules to combat vicious dog attacks in the city.
The rules would cover all pit bulls as well as any dogs deemed "potentially dangerous" because of aggressive behavior.
Under Fahey's proposal, all pit bulls would have to be muzzled in public, and pit bull owners would need to have at least $100,000 of liability insurance. Last week, a majority of the council expressed support for those requirements.
Councilman Jim Suttle opposes the mandatory muzzling. He is offering an amendment that would eliminate the muzzle requirement for pit bulls.
If the muzzle requirement stays, Suttle and Councilman Garry Gernandt propose an exemption for pit bulls that p$#@! a behavioral test administered by the Nebraska Humane Society. The dogs' owners also would need to take a responsible ownership cl$#@!.
The pit bulls that p$#@! the test would be designated "breed ambassadors, " and each would wear a yellow vest in public to let people know it passed, said Pam Wiese, a Humane Society spokeswoman.
Suttle, however, said he would accept that change as a compromise to totally eliminating the muzzle requirement. He questioned how effective the test would be in reducing attacks, because irresponsible owners probably won't go through the cl$#@!.
"Good owners will obey the law and bad owners aren't," Suttle said.
Suttle also has introduced an amendment to exempt pit bulls younger than 6 months from being muzzled.
Other proposed changes would toughen restrictions on pit bulls and aggressive dogs.
Gernandt wants a harness requirement for all pit bulls and any dogs deemed dangerous or potentially dangerous by the city.
The harness would have to be used, along with a leash and a muzzle, while the dog is in public. Gernandt said from what he's been told, the body harnesses give owners better control over the dogs.
Gernandt also would raise the age requirement for handling a pit bull or a dangerous or potentially dangerous dog in public. The mayor's proposal sets the minimum age at 19; Gernandt would change that to 21.
The harness requirement and the age change were brought up at a public hearing last week. One of the people pushing for those changes was Wendy Blevins, whose toddler daughter was severely injured in a pit bull attack this summer.
Councilman Franklin Thompson will propose that the muzzle, leash and handler-age requirements for pit bulls last only until Dec. 31, 2010.
Before that deadline, the council would be given a report on the effectiveness of the pit bull rules and could then decide whether to renew the restrictions.
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09-28-2008, 12:14 PM #2Junior Member
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I think thats i great idea, I also was thinking, befor states bann the pitt bulls which is unfair to the dog and their loving family, why dont they reg them like the gun laws, everything Ive read the law calling them lethal weapons,right? if you reg ur pittbull with the same laws thats backing the gun laws boy would this cut down and may whip out dog fighting and everything else ppl are doin to these poor dogs... just a thought I had
Omaha City Council p$#@! restrictions on dangerous dogs
BY TOM SHAW
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
The Omaha City Council today passed a series of restrictions on pit bulls and other dogs
that are deemed to be potentially dangerous.
The vote was 6-1, with Councilman Frank Brown the lone no vote. He questioned the
effectiveness of the restrictions and said they would cost the city and all pet owners in the
city more money.
Council members introduced several amendments to the proposal this afternoon. The
amendments were considered before the council voted on Mayor Mike Fahey's entire
package of new rules to deal with vicious dogs.
The rules cover pit bulls, specifically, as well as any dogs deemed "potentially dangerous"
by the city because of aggressive behavior.
Fahey pushed for all pit bulls to be muzzled in public and for pit bull owners to have at
least $100,000 of liability insurance.
Councilman Jim Suttle opposed mandatory muzzling for pit bulls. He offered an
amendment to eliminate the muzzle requirement, which the council rejected. The council
did approve an amendment allowing pit bull owners an exemption if their dogs
successfully go through a behavioral test.
The new restrictions include having the potentially dangerous dogs spayed or neutered,
having microchips to identify the dogs and requiring that they be muzzled and leashed
when not on their owners' property. The dogs would need to attend behavioral cl$#@!,
and owners would have to take responsible ownership cl$#@!.
The ordinances also mandate that "reckless" owners be banned from having animals for
four years if they violate the city's rules on three occasions within two years.
Muzzling requirements for pit bulls do not take effect until Jan. 1, 2009, to give owners
time to prepare. The rest of the new restrictions will go into effect in 15 days.
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New Year, New Requirements For Pet Owners
Higher fees hit the books
Posted: 2:44 PM Dec 31, 2008
Last Updated: 9:30 PM Dec 31, 2008
Reporter: Jodi Baker
Email Address: sixonline@wowt. com
As we ring in the new year, there are new fines and requirements to deal
with. Several changes take effect in Nebraska and Iowa starting Thursday.
There*s a new requirement for many Omaha dog owners. The muzzle portion of
the dangerous dog ordinance takes effect Thursday. Pit bulls and pit bull
mixes will need to be muzzled when outside and not in a properly fenced-in
Jerilynn Digilio is fitting her pit bull lab mix Duddies for a new muzzle.
"I have to be in compliance and he's part of the family, so I'm not giving
If the dogs and their owners p$#@! certain cl$#@!, show proof of
sterilization, microchip, have $100,000 liability insurance, license and
vaccination and no ordinance violations, the muzzle requirement can be
waived. Dogs would then wear a special "ambassador" vest instead.
Twenty-seven dogs have done that so far. Duddies is not among them. "I'll
work with him as much as I can.”
Registration fees for unaltered cats and dogs will also increase in 2009 to
$50. The cost for spayed or neutered dog goes up $5 to $20.
"One of the reasons why is because your license fees pay for animal
control," says the Nebraska Humane Society*s Pam Wiese.
If a non-registered pet has any violation, it results in a $200 fee. "If you
get three violations of Chapter 6 within a 24-month period then you can be
deemed a reckless owner and your pets can be taken away," says Wiese.
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