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    Rantoul, IL - Dangerous Dogs ***UPDATE***

    Dangerous Dogs

    Reported by: Amanda Evans/ WCIA 3 News




    Wednesday, Oct 8, 2008 @05:40pm CST


    RANTOUL- Rantoul Police want to find the best way to deal with dangerous dogs. This after a councilman asked some dogs like.. Pit Bulls.. be banned from the village.

    Rantoul isn't alone on the issue. Decatur doesn't allow vicious or dangerous dogs within city limits and Springfield now requires owners to "pay up" if their dog bites someone.

    The Rantoul Police Department is just starting this study. The Deputy Chief tells me the plan is to come up with an ordinance that is not breed specific. He says this is not

    about targeting dogs with a bad rap, like Pit Bulls. But that's what got talks started about two months ago after 19 pit bulls were found inside a Rantoul woman's home.

    The Rantoul Police Department hopes to work with different animal controls and other police departments to find what's the best way to come up with some guidelines for dogs. Dog breeders are happy to hear Rantoul is not picking on just one type of dog, one breeder says there is someone else to blame.

    Dog breeder, Jim Kuehl said, "Is it a problem because of pit bulls? Or is it a problem because people don't know how to train their dogs or don't want to train their dogs? Or let their dogs wander around? So my attitude is, if a dog misbehaves punish the owner, don't punish the breed."

    More and more city's are having to talk about these issues. There's two sides, some say dogs like Pit Bulls and Rottweilers and Doberman Pinschers are born a bad breed.

    Others say it's all about the owners.



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    Thank you for this post, we live in Il and I am always looking for info on any BSL in my home state!

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    Some Rantoul residents against proposed ban on dog breeds



    By Tim Mitchell

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 7:02 AM CDT

    RANTOUL * Karla Brewster-Clinch has multiple sclerosis and spends most of her day confined to a wheelchair.



    She says she depends on her service dog, a Rottweiler named Largo.



    "Largo is a true joy to be around," she said. "She is great with kids and is a life saver for me."

    But under an ordinance proposed by the Rantoul Village Board, Brewster-Clinch would either have to give up Largo or move out of the village.

    Brewster-Clinch was one of 21 people sending e-mails to the village of Rantoul opposing a proposed ban on pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers and limits on the number of other dogs residents will be allowed to have.

    The Rantoul police are researching similar ordinances enacted in other communities before the issue goes before the village board for a vote. Village Clerk Jeremy Reale said the ordinance probably won't be voted on before Jan. 13.

    Rantoul Trustee Chuck Smith proposed enacting an ordinance setting limitations on certain breeds of dogs after a village inspector found 19 pit bulls inside a single-family home in Rantoul during an inspection of rental property in July.

    "I'd like to ban certain breeds and set limits on other breeds," Smith said. "We need to ban pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers based on the reputations of the animals, not the owners."

    After Deputy Police Chief Hank Gamel said his office began studying ordinances from neighboring communities, The News-Gazette made a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of all e-mail received by the village concerning the dog ban plan.

    If the e-mails are any indication, many area residents oppose Smith's proposal.

    The documents show that all 21 people commenting on Smith's plan oppose banning pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers. Not one writer supported the proposal.

    "As a pit bull advocate, I am disgusted and outraged," Tiffany Ezzo wrote. "I've raised these amazingly loving and intelligent animals all my life, and they make wonderful pets. Banning pit bulls is wrong!"

    Julie Perry said banning all pit bulls because of the way they are handled by certain dog owners is unfair.

    "Pit bulls are stereotyped, abused, neglected and exploited," Perry said. "It is not their fault that the thugs and trash of society often own them for a bad boy image.

    "If you treat your dog nice, it will be nice. If you starve it and beat it, it will be mean."
    Fran King said she worked as a trainer for a boarding kennel for 25 years.

    "Please reconsider your thoughts on breed banning," King said. "You can take a litter of a dozen pups and end up with many different behaviors.

    "When one or more breed is banned it takes no time until another breed is added, and another, etc. A problem dog should be dealt with by dealing with the owner."

    Several letter writers praised Mayor Neal Williams, a longtime Rottweiler owner, for opposing Smith's plan.

    "Mayor Williams, thank you for your brave and principled stand against singling out certain breeds of dog to be banned," Jean Richardson wrote. "This is unwise, ineffective and vaguely racist."

    "There are scores of so called 'dangerous breeds' working every day as service dogs and therapy dogs, and the loss of these breed ambassadors providing service to owners and those in need would be devastating, " wrote Catherine Varidel, a Rottweiler owner.

    Smith proposed the ban after 19 pit bulls were discovered July 18 during a routine
    inspection of a rental property at 525 N. Ohio Ave. Village utility records list the occupant's name as Debra Lenington, according to Dan Culkin, the village's chief inspector.

    Letter writer Kenneth Zirkle of Rantoul called the occurrence an isolated condition.

    "The proposed rule concerning a limit on the number of pets in a house and specifically a total ban on certain breeds is totally excessive, unnecessary, a knee jerk reaction and overboard," Zirkle said.

    Elizabeth Lathrop suggested the village consider, instead, a mandatory spaying and neutering program for all dogs, anti-chaining legislation, enforcing pre-existing leash laws and launching educational programs on responsible dog ownership.

    "Any dog can be a problem for the public if the dog is not supervised or is mistreated," Lathrop said. "Please do not punish responsible owners who maintain their dogs as companions and members of the family and do not pose a threat to anyone."

    http://www.news- gazette.com/ news/local/ 2008/12/02/ some_rantoul_ residents_ against_proposed _ban_on_dog_ breeds


    From the FightBSL archives:



    Rantoul is a "home rule" city, and contact information is provided below.

    At the end of this article, you will note that the Rantoul city attorney states he drafted a "similar" ordinance for the Village of Potomac, Illinois. Out of curiosity, I just called the village clerk, and she confirmed that while they do not ban breeds, they do have "special circumstances" for pit bulls and "other dangerous dogs." Those circumstances include posting of signs, fencing requirements, etc...

    It is interesting to note that according to the list of Illinois "home rule" cities that was last updated on May 22, 2008, the Village of Potomac is not listed.


    Please send your polite and respectful opposition to breed specific legislation to the Village of Rantoul officials listed below:

    Village of Rantoul
    333 South Tanner
    Rantoul, IL 61866
    217-893-1661
    info@village. rantoul.il. us


    Jeremy Reale
    Village of Rantoul Clerk
    333 South Tanner
    Rantoul, IL 61866

    217-893-1661 ext. 223
    jreale@village. rantoul.il. us

    Rantoul village trustee proposes banning certain dog breeds

    By Tim Mitchell

    Tuesday, August 19, 2008 9:54 AM CDT

    RANTOUL * A Rantoul village board member wants to ban pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers from the village and set limits on the number of other dogs residents will be allowed to have.



    Rantoul Trustee Chuck Smith proposed the ordinance after a village inspector found 19 pit bulls inside a single family home in Rantoul.

    "I'd like to ban certain breeds and set limits on other breeds," Smith said on Monday. "We need to ban pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers based on the reputations of the animals, not the owners."

    Smith proposed the ban after the 19 dogs were discovered during a routine inspection of a rental property at 525 N. Ohio Ave. on July 18. Village utility records list the occupant's name as Debra Lenington, according to Dan Culkin, the Rantoul village chief inspector.

    The dogs were discovered after village property maintenance inspector Steve Hammond arrived at the home, and found two of the dogs barking and confined inside a car with the windows cracked open, according to Culkin. After Hammond expressed concern over the two dogs, the boyfriend of the owner drove away with the dogs.

    When Hammond entered the home, he discovered seven cages in the living room * five of them with dogs. Three more pit bulls were found in the basement, and a mother pit bull and her eight puppies were being kept in a back room.
    Nineteen pit bulls were discovered in this rental house at 525 N. Ohio Ave in Rantoul during a July inspection. By Robin Scholz





    "In order to complete the inspection, we had to have the dogs from the basement put in the garage and the dogs in the garage put in the basement," Culkin said.

    Culkin said that the home and garage smelled of urine.

    "They weren't cleaning up the feces and the mess and weren't taking care of the odors," Culkin said.

    Since Rantoul has no ordinance limiting dog ownership, Culkin said that no citation could be issued for that.

    "We did cite them for uncleanness, but nothing else," Culkin said. "I have no idea what the woman was doing with 19 pit bulls."

    The owner of the rental property, Ken Roessler of R&R Rental, said that he has given the woman notice to vacate the property and that the woman was moving out of town.

    Culkin said that he is concerned that similar incidents could put his rental inspectors at risk.

    "One of the things that is a concern to me is the safety of my inspector," Culkin said.

    "I'd like to place a certain limit on the types of dogs that could cause physical damage to the residents of Rantoul," Smith said. "In addition, I'd like a complete ban on certain types of dogs within the city limits."

    This isn't the first time Rantoul has considered placing a limit on dogs.

    In 2002, the board proposed prohibiting residents from owning more than three dogs after Rantoul police Officer Keith Welch was bitten by a dog while he was trying to serve a search warrant at a home on Steffler Street.

    The village board proposed limiting all households to a maximum of three animals, which were defined as "any vertebrate species other than man."

    The proposal drew national attention., including a film crew from the Jerry Springer Show.

    When 86 people, including a woman who owned goldfish and a couple who raised show dogs, packed the village hall to protest the limitation, trustees removed the limitation from the ordinance.

    However, the board did p$#@! an ordinance prohibiting people from taking animals to children's play areas, pools or public schools; penalties for animal cruelty; prohibitions against dog fighting and $#@! fighting; requirements for animal owners to pick up droppings from their pets; and prohibitions against having dogs while manufacturing, delivering or possessing illegal drugs.

    Last week the Rantoul Village Board directed Culkin and the Rantoul Police Department to consider banning or limiting dogs.

    "I'm hoping this will send a message to people who have multiple dogs that they need to clean up their act," Smith said.

    Village attorney Ken Beth said the current ordinance includes provisions for the village to legally declare particular breeds of dogs dangerous.

    Any dog declared dangerous on three separate occasions will be declared a vicious dog and must be humanely destroyed within seven days of that declaration, according to the current ordinance.

    "We could declare a certain breed a dangerous dog without regard to having a previous incident of being involved in a threatening action," Beth said.

    B. J. Hackler, past president of the Illinois Municipal League, said no records are kept on the number of cities and villages that have ordinances prohibiting specific breeds of dogs.

    Rantoul Village Attorney Ken Beth said he helped to draft a similar animal ordinance for the Potomac Village Board.

    http://www.news- gazette.com/ news/local/ 2008/08/19/ rantoul_village_ trustee_proposes _banning_ certain_dog_ breeds

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    E-mails critical of proposal in Rantoul to ban some dogs

    By Tim Mitchell

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 11:24 AM CDT




    RANTOUL * Karla Brewster-Clinch has multiple sclerosis and spends most of her day confined to a wheelchair.

    She says she depends on her service dog, a Rottweiler named Largo.

    "Largo is a true joy to be around," she said. "She is great with kids and is a life saver for me."

    But under an ordinance proposed by the Rantoul Village Board, Brewster-Clinch would either have to give up Largo or move out of the village.

    Brewster-Clinch was one of 21 people sending e-mails to the village of Rantoul opposing a proposed ban on pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers and limits on the number of other dogs residents will be allowed to have.

    The Rantoul police are researching similar ordinances enacted in other communities before the issue goes before the village board for a vote. Village Clerk Jeremy Reale said the ordinance probably won't be voted on before Jan. 13.

    Rantoul Trustee Chuck Smith proposed enacting an ordinance setting limitations on certain breeds of dogs after a village inspector found 19 pit bulls inside a single-family home in Rantoul during an inspection of rental property in July.

    "I'd like to ban certain breeds and set limits on other breeds," Smith said. "We need to ban pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers based on the reputations of the animals, not the owners."

    After Deputy Police Chief Hank Gamel said his office began studying ordinances from neighboring communities, The News-Gazette made a Freedom of Information Act request for copies of all e-mail received by the village concerning the dog ban plan.

    If the e-mails are any indication, many area residents oppose Smith's proposal.

    The documents show that all 21 people commenting on Smith's plan oppose banning pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers. Not one writer supported the proposal.

    "As a pit bull advocate, I am disgusted and outraged," Tiffany Ezzo wrote. "I've raised these amazingly loving and intelligent animals all my life, and they make wonderful pets. Banning pit bulls is wrong!"

    Julie Perry said banning all pit bulls because of the way they are handled by certain dog owners is unfair.

    "Pit bulls are stereotyped, abused, neglected and exploited," Perry said. "It is not their fault that the thugs and trash of society often own them for a bad boy image.

    "If you treat your dog nice, it will be nice. If you starve it and beat it, it will be mean."
    Fran King said she worked as a trainer for a boarding kennel for 25 years.

    "Please reconsider your thoughts on breed banning," King said. "You can take a litter of a dozen pups and end up with many different behaviors.

    "When one or more breed is banned it takes no time until another breed is added, and another, etc. A problem dog should be dealt with by dealing with the owner."

    Several letter writers praised Mayor Neal Williams, a longtime Rottweiler owner, for opposing Smith's plan.

    "Mayor Williams, thank you for your brave and principled stand against singling out certain breeds of dog to be banned," Jean Richardson wrote. "This is unwise, ineffective and vaguely racist."

    "There are scores of so called 'dangerous breeds' working every day as service dogs and therapy dogs, and the loss of these breed ambassadors providing service to owners and those in need would be devastating, " wrote Catherine Varidel, a Rottweiler owner.

    Smith proposed the ban after 19 pit bulls were discovered July 18 during a routine inspection of a rental property at 525 N. Ohio Ave. Village utility records list the occupant's name as Debra Lenington, according to Dan Culkin, the village's chief inspector.

    Letter writer Kenneth Zirkle of Rantoul called the occurrence an isolated condition.

    "The proposed rule concerning a limit on the number of pets in a house and specifically a total ban on certain breeds is totally excessive, unnecessary, a knee jerk reaction and overboard," Zirkle said.

    Elizabeth Lathrop suggested the village consider, instead, a mandatory spaying and neutering program for all dogs, anti-chaining legislation, enforcing pre-existing leash laws and launching educational programs on responsible dog ownership.

    "Any dog can be a problem for the public if the dog is not supervised or is mistreated,"
    Lathrop said. "Please do not punish responsible owners who maintain their dogs as companions and members of the family and do not pose a threat to anyone."

    http://www.news- gazette.com/ news/local/ 2008/12/02/ e-mails_critical _of_proposal_ in_rantoul_ to_ban_some_ dogs

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    Rantoul animal ordinance to be focused on size of property

    By Tim Mitchell

    Thursday, January 8, 2009 7:02 AM CDT





    RANTOUL * After a proposal to ban dogs by breed drew criticism from animal activists, service dog owners, pet owners and breed enthusiasts, the Rantoul village staff is proposing a compromise animal control ordinance.


    The proposal wouldlimit the number of dogs and cats based on the size of a dwelling and would prohibit more than four dogs and/or cats at a home.




    The controversy began last fall, when Rantoul Village Board member Chuck Smith proposed enacting an ordinance banning pit bulls, Rottweilers and Doberman pinschers based on the reputations of the animals, not the owners.


    Smith made the proposal after village property maintenance inspector Steve Hammond discovered 19 pit bulls in a home during a routine inspection of a rental property at 525 N. Ohio Ave. on July 18.


    But Smith's proposal drew fire from animal activists concerned about singling out breeds. The village got 21 e-mails that were all critical of the proposal.


    Rantoul Village Administrator Bruce Sandahl said he has been meeting with Smith, Police Chief Paul Farber and Inspection Department Director Dan Culkin to come up with a compromise proposal.


    "We have had several discussions about what changes would be necessary given some of the incidents that have come up in the past year or so," he said.


    Sandahl said he intends to have a formal proposal to bring before the village board within the next two weeks.


    Under the new proposal, the number of dogs or cats allowed on a property would be determined by the size of the dwelling, lot or parcel.


    "We want to make sure that we do not have a herd of animals in a small apartment," Sandahl said. "The square footage of the lot, property or dwelling will determine the number of dogs and/or cats that the occupant, resident, or owner can have."


    No more than four dogs and/or cats would be allowed in any residence, regardless of size.
    However, exceptions would be made for young puppies or kittens. If a mother cat gives birth to a litter of six kittens, for example, the owner wouldn't have to relinquish the kittens until they were 6 months old.


    "Obviously, we are not going to force the owner to take a litter of dogs or cats out of the residence," Sandahl said.


    The only exceptions to the four-animal rule would be boarding or breeding kennels, but Sandahl said those kennels would be limited to areas of the village zoned for that use.


    "We're not saying someone can't have more than four, but it must be in an area that is zoned for that purpose," Sandahl said.


    Rantoul Mayor Neal Williams said he would support the proposal only if current animal owners are grandfathered in.


    "I don't want to force an individual or a family to eliminate a pet," Williams said.


    The compromise proposal would also require that all dog houses, dog shelters, dog runs or other structures that house dogs be no closer than 10 feet from any adjoining property or alley.


    "The intent is to make sure we are protecting people who need access to easements, such as meter readers," Sandahl said.


    In addition, the ordinance would prohibit anybody from chaining or tethering a dog in his or her front yard.


    http://www.news- gazette.com/ news/local/ 2009/01/08/ rantoul_animal_ ordinance_ to_be_focused_ on_size_of_ property

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