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KS: Hays City: BSL Proposed

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by Vicki, Nov 5, 2009.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Commission going to the dogs


    Pit bulls still might be allowed within city limits, but owners soon could face stricter restrictions for keeping the particular breed.

    When the Hays City Commission meets for a work session at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, it will consider an amended dog ordinance that automatically classifies pit bulls as “dangerous.”

    “It’s not a ban,” City Manager Toby Dougherty said. “The commission was reluctant to enact a ban the last time they discussed it, but they did recognize that there was a need for possibly some further regulations other than what we have right now.”

    This distinction would require pit bull owners to take additional precautions, such as providing the dog with an identification microchip, keeping the animals in secure confinement areas, and strict leash and muzzle requirements. Owners would be required to obtain public liability insurance in a single incident amount of at least $100,000.

    If these guidelines are not adhered to, the dog could be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment. The owner could be fined or lose the license required to keep the pet in town.

    Currently, dogs can be deemed “dangerous” only in court, usually following a biting incident or behavior issue. Dogs with a known propensity to attack or those trained for dog fighting also fall into this category.

    This standard still would apply, but pit bulls would be the first breed automatically deemed dangerous. The ordinance lists several breeds of dogs commonly identified as a pit bull.

    Another amendment would impose stricter penalties for pet owners who fail to register their animals annually by March 1. The delinquency fine would increase from $1 to $10 per month, with a maximum $50 fine.

    The issue of regulating pit bulls in city limits surfaced in April after a pit bull attacked and killed a smaller dog, which was on a walk with its 10-year-old owner.

    The proposed ordinance: http://assets.mediaspanonline.com/prod/3506971/pitbullrdinance.pdf

    Dangerous dog means:

    5) Any “Pit Bull Dog” which is defined as any and all of the following dogs:

    a) The Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed of dog;

    b) The American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog;

    c) The American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog;

    d) Any other breed commonly known as Pit Bull, Pit Bull Dog, or Pit Bull Terrier;

    e) Dogs which have the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breed of dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.

    The Hays Daily News


    Posted on November 5, 2009 by stopbsl.com

    Hays City Commission meets to discuss the proposed ordinance (below) tonight, 11/5, at 6:30 PM.

    Previous alerts for Hays City: http://stopbsl.com/?s=hays+city

    City Manager’s Office, P.O. Box 490, Hays, KS 67601
    Phone: (785) 628-7320
    Fax: (785) 628-7323

    Ron Mellick, Mayor of Hays

    Christopher Channell, Vice Mayor

    Barbara K. Wasinger

    Troy Hickman

    Henry Schwaller IV
  2. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Hays considers tighter rules on pit bulls

    Associated Press - November 9, 2009 5:14 AM ET

    HAYS, Kan. (AP) - City commissioners in Hays could vote this week on strict new rules for pit bull owners.

    Pit bulls would not be banned in the northwest Kansas community.

    But a proposed ordinance would declare the dogs to be "dangerous" - a designation that would trigger several requirements.

    Owners would have to keep any pit bulls confined securely, obtain insurance and provide identification microchips. They would also have to pay a registration fee of $50 a year, and keep the dogs muzzled and leashed if they're out in public.

    The commission is expected to take up the proposal at its meeting Thursday night.

    Hays considers tighter rules on pit bulls - KOAM TV 7 Joplin and Pittsburg News Weather Sports |
  3. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    City passes pit bull ordinance

    City passes pit bull ordinance

    Published on -11/13/2009, 12:20 PM

    Emotions ran high at Thursday's Hays City Commission meeting, as commissioners voted 4-0 to pass stricter regulations for pit bull owners.

    The new ordinance automatically classifies pit bulls as "dangerous," meaning owners must keep them securely confined at all times, pay an increased registration fee of $50 annually, keep them muzzled in public and provide an identification microchip.

    Another provision that would have required owners to obtain public liability insurance in a single incident amount of at least $100,000 was removed by a 3-1 vote. Vice Mayor Chris Channell objected. Commissioner Henry Schwaller IV said he contacted local insurance providers and found policies to cover pit bulls are not readily available.

    "Nobody wants to insure a pit bull because ... it's just too risky," Schwaller said. "Insurance companies do not want to touch this."

    Channell said the Kansas Supreme Court has declared pit bulls represent a public health hazard not posed by other breeds of dogs.

    The Hays Daily News
  4. megschristina

    megschristina Moderator

    BSL is BSL. They can call it what they want but it is what it is. Sadly I thought Hays was a smarter place than that.

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