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KS: Hutchinson Considers Pit Bull Ban

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by Vicki, Aug 2, 2009.

  1. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    [August 02, 2009]

    Hutchinson resident Chris Glass is hoping the city will consider banning pit bulls.

    "Personally, I'd like to see the law changed on pit bulls," he said. "I'd like to see them banned. There are several other towns that have done it -- I don't know why we can't." According to previous reports by The News, Turon, Salina, Dodge City, Holcomb and Pratt have all implemented a ban on the breed since 2004. Liberal also has a pit bull ban, said Kramer, who previously worked there as an animal control officer.

    Neither Reno County nor the city of Hutchinson has a breed-specific ban in place.

    Earlier this month, the city of Wichita enacted new restrictions on residents who own pit bulls. Owners of pit bulls there are required to have their dogs implanted with a microchip and spayed or neutered within six months, unless they have a breeder's license, according to The Wichita Eagle.

    Hutchinson City Council member Cindy Proett acknowledged Glass had expressed concerns to her about implementing a ban. Proett also noted she lives across the alley from Brown and was not far from the scene after Brown was attacked. Other neighbors had already called for help, she said.

    "I told (Glass) I can't promise to absolutely enact an ordinance, but we can look into it," Proett said. "It would pull quite a bit of opinion from each side, but at the same time we really need that." Research would need to be done to find out how many reports of vicious dogs are attributed to pit bulls, she said, along with how many dog bites in the city are attributed to that breed of dog.

    "It's a highly charged, emotional issue, and we do need to look at it and see if this breed is a problem in our town," she said. "We will hear from pit bull owners who've had them for many years and think that they're the most gentle, loving animals.

    "It's definitely something to look at, but I'm not going to make a commitment to either direction. We need some expertise on (the issue). It's easy when something happens to maybe overstep it without thinking." Vicious Dog Ordinance The city of Hutchinson has not banned its residents from owning pit bulls. It is illegal, however, to have a vicious dog. Here's how the ordinance reads: "It shall be unlawful for any person to keep or harbor any vicious dog within the city. Dogs determined to be vicious shall be euthanized or otherwise disposed of by order of the municipal judge." According to the ordinance, the definition of an owner is any person, firm, corporation, organization or department possessing or harboring or having the care or custody of a dog.

    The term "vicious dog" is defined as: --Any dog with a known propensity, tendency or disposition to attack unprovoked, to cause injury to, or otherwise threaten the safety of human beings or domestic animals; --Any dog which because of its physical nature, or vicious propensity, is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to humans and which would constitute a danger to human life or property if it were not kept in the manner required by this chapter; --Any dog which, without provocation, attacks or bites, or has attacked or bitten, a human being or domestic animal; or --Any dog owned or harbored primarily or in part for the purpose of dog fighting, or any dog trained for dog fighting.

    Those who violate the ordinance can be found guilty of a misdemeanor and may be punished by a fine. In addition, the court can order destruction of the vicious dog.

    A judge's decision to euthanize a dog would be based upon the frequency or severity of any injuries to a human being or domestic animal from the dog, along with a determination that confinement of the dog is not likely to prevent future harm to human beings or domestic animals.

    Incident prompts call for ban on pit bulls [The Hutchinson News, Kan.]
  2. Vicki

    Vicki Administrator Administrator

    Public may weigh in on Hutchinson pit bull decision

    By The Associated Press

    Hutchinson City Council members on Tuesday requested a formal discussion about issues surrounding pit bulls or pit-bull mixes in Hutchinson.

    The council’s request was sparked by a July incident in which a pit bull mix attacked an elderly woman and her dog. The woman still is in the hospital, and her grandson has suggested the city consider banning the breed in Hutchinson.

    Council member Trish Rose brought up the issue Tuesday, saying she would like to educate herself on pit bulls and pit bull bans before any formal discussion or potential action is taken.

    Mayor Bob Bush joined Rose in asking city staff to prepare information on pit bulls and pit bull bans along with statistics on the number of vicious dog calls received by Hutchinson Animal Control.

    The council asked for a breakdown showing which breeds of dogs were responsible for bites and attacks reported to animal control so it could better understand whether the issue was breed-specific.

    Finally, the council encouraged the public to weigh in on the issue by e-mailing or writing to council members.

    Letters can be mailed to Hutchinson City Hall, 125 E. Avenue B. Council members’ e-mail addresses are available at www.hutchgov.com.

    The Hutchinson News Online Edition
  3. APBTlover09

    APBTlover09 GRCH Dog

    Hutchinson (ban/BSL) supporters can go banned themselves :mad:

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