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Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by apbtmom76, Jan 24, 2009.

  1. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    The council will be discussing this issue on Tuesday, January 27, 2009. No vote will be taken at that time which allows us the opportunity to send our POLITE AND RESPECTFUL opposition to breed specific legislation to the Wichita officials for their consideration prior to any vote being taken on this issue.



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    Council to re-evaluate '07 dog law

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    The Wichita Eagle

    Wichita's animal control officials say they're still struggling with aggressive and stray pit bulls despite a "dangerous dogs" law approved in 2007.

    A year's worth of experience with the law has led officials to return to the City Council next Tuesday with options that include a pit bull ban, new breed-specific restrictions or the status quo.

    "We need a community dialogue about it," said Kay Johnson, director of the city's environmental services department, which oversees animal control.

    There won't be any formal votes Tuesday. Council members are expected to discuss what type of changes, if any, they want to have drafted for community comments.

    A ban would simply make it illegal to own or keep a pit bull inside city limits.

    The restrictions would require spaying or neutering and microchipping of all pit bulls, except those held by licensed breeders. It would also limit households to two pit bulls -- except for breeders.

    In 2007, animal control proposed similar laws.

    But some council members, the Wichita Kennel Club and others opposed breed-specific laws. Instead, they opted to toughen their "dangerous dog" rules.

    The law lets animal control officers pick up a dog that displays aggressive behavior, even if it hasn't bitten anyone. The dog could then be tested for aggression and, if deemed dangerous, an owner would be forced to let the city embed an identifying microchip and have the dog sterilized.

    Council member Jeff Longwell said it comes down to how effective the law has been.

    "I personally thought the ordinance might have been a little soft all over the place," he said of the 2007 law. "If we have one particular dog causing problems... and the data shows us that, I won't be opposed to tweaking whatever we need to tweak."

    The pit bull proposals come despite a modest decrease in the number of bites and strays logged by animal control officers.

    For example, 131 bites were logged in 2007 compared to 128 last year, and 1,477 pit bulls were found running at large two years ago compared to 1,279 in 2008.

    In the past two years, the department says, three children were "severely disfigured" by pit bull bites.

    Last year, the city says, two pit bulls attacked a man who was walking down the street. The man had to defend his family and sustained injuries that sent him to the hospital.

    The presentation council members will see Tuesday also shows more than half of all the dangerous dogs documented were pit bulls and a third of the dog attacks and bites in the city were attributed to pit bulls.

    One-third of all dogs euthanized were pit bulls.

    Johnson said she doesn't blame pit bulls -- it's the owners.

    "I'm not really in favor of a ban," she said. "We know there are people in our community that are responsible pet owners, and they have pit bulls that are fine pets for them."

    But she said many people are calling for a ban, so she wants the council to at least consider it.

    Other proposals

    Another law change council members will discuss would penalize pet owners whose animals damage other people's property, rip open or knock over their trash, defecate on public or private property or cause unsafe conditions.

    No details on those proposals were available.

    http://www.kansas. com/news/ story/675256. html
  2. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Wichita Considers Pit Bull Ban

    On Tuesday morning, the city council appeared to not have enough support to move forward with a comprehensive pit bull ban in Wichita. But a majority of council members would like to see tougher restictions on the breed.

    Last year pit bulls accounted for more than half of all dangerous dogs in Wichita and were responsible for more than a third of all dog attacks and bites. Almost a third of all dogs found running loose are pit bulls.

    Those statistics plus people's complaints are what led city council members to take a second look at banning the breed Tuesday morning.

    But a majority of the council doesn't think an outright ban will actually fix the problem.

    "The problem isn't going to go away because the owner is just going to buy a different kind of dog. They can't buy a pit bull okay they'll get a rottweiler or a german shephard," said Council Member Paul Gray.

    It's just what a handful of pit bull opponents wanted to hear. The group showed up at the council's workshop along with the dog in the middle of the debate.

    "I think they should take action on the irresponsible pit bull owners instead of the breed itself," said pit bull ban opponent Damian Metcalf.

    The council considered the same type of ban when it toughened up the city's dangerous dog ordinance in 2007 but decided to wait and see how the new law would work.

    Since then the number of dog incidents has gone down but pit bulls still remain the largest part of the problem that remains.

    That's why the council will now look at strenthening pit bull laws. Options include limiting how many of the dogs people can own and mandatory microchipping.

    "There's still a problem with one specific breed and we haven't addressed it yet so I hope we can strengthen our ordinance," said Council Member Jeff Longwell.

    Staff will come back to the council in a few months with a final recommendation.

    http://www.kake. com/news/ headlines/ 38479994. html
  3. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Animal codes proposals

    The Wichita City Council on Tuesday heard several proposals to change the city's animal codes.


    • Breed ban: A ban would make it unlawful to own or keep pit bull dogs in the city limits.

    • Restrictions: Each household would be allowed a limit of two pit bulls; and all pit bulls would have to be spayed or neutered and microchipped. Exceptions would be made for licensed breeders.

    • No change.

    http://www.kansas. com/290/story/ 679360.html
  4. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Animal Code Up For Revision, Community Input Sought[/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]
    [/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Reporter: News Release
    Email Address: [/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]news@kake.com[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Friday, February 27, 2009[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Changes in animal control and protection rules are being proposed by the City of Wichita Department of Environmental Services. Community input will be solicited through District Advisory Board meetings prior to presenting final recommendations to the City Council for consideration. [/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Comments may also be provided using the following email address: [/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]AnimalCode2009@ wichita.gov[/FONT][FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]. [/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]The proposal includes new regulations and improvements to existing regulations including new pit bull ownership restrictions, amendments to allow flexibility with rabies vaccination schedules, new animal nuisance provisions, new dog park regulations as well as other rules associated with owning livestock, large numbers of animals and breeder regulations. [/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]“It is a comprehensive proposal that will help address numerous neighborhood complaints,” according to Kay Johnson, Environmental Services Director.[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]The need for regulatory changes regarding pit bulls is illustrated by statistics compiled by Environmental Services. The department investigated 733 dog bites and attacks in 2008, of which 246 involved pit bulls. The Wichita Animal Shelter housed over 6,000 dogs, of which nearly 1,800 were pit bulls. City animal control officers collected more than 4,600 stray dogs or dogs running at large, of which 1,279 were pit bulls. [/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]The regulatory changes proposed by Environmental Services are intended to encourage safe and responsible pet ownership. The draft ordinance revisions dated February 25, 2009, may be found on the City’s website at: wichita.gov. [/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]Additional information is available by calling the City of Wichita Department of Environmental Services at 268-8351.[/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif][/FONT]
    [FONT=times new roman, new york, times, serif]http://www.kake. com/news/ headlines/ 40442647. html[/FONT]

    Wichita Animal Code Up for Revision

    Posted: Feb 27, 2009 02:43 PM CST
    Updated: Feb 27, 2009 02:58 PM CST

    by Sarah Kallail (WICHITA, Kan.)

    New regulations on owning pit bulls will be proposed by the City of Wichita Department of Evironmental Services to the City Council.

    Included are changes in animal control and protection rules. Community input is encouraged and any comments can be sent to AnimalCode2009@ wichita.gov.

    The Department of Environmental Services wants improvements made to regulations on pit bull ownership, amendments to allow flexibility with rabies vaccination schedules, new animal nuisance provisions, new dog park regulations as well as other rules associated with owning livestock, large numbers of animals and breeder regulations. ​

    The department put together some statistics on pit bulls.

    Here's what they found:

    After investigating 733 dog bites and attacks in 2008, the department says 246 of those attacks involved pit bulls.

    Out of more than 6,000 dogs at the Wichita Animal Shelter, nearly 1,800 were pit bulls.
    Out of more than 4,600 stray dogs, nearly 1,279 were pit bulls.

    The changes proposed by Environmental Services may be found on the City's website.
    Just click on the above link.

    http://www.kansascw .com/Global/ story.asp? S=9919359
  5. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Hearings cover proposed changes to Wichita pet laws


    The Wichita Eagle

    A Wichita rental property manager urged the city Monday to ban dangerous dogs.

    Clark Lindstrom of the Peterson Cos., which owns and operates three apartment complexes in the city, told the District I advisory board that proposed changes in the city's animal ordinance don't go far enough.

    He said 500 apartment residents have signed a petition since Thursday, when he first heard of the proposed change, calling for the ban.

    Lindstrom said families, children, guests and employees in condensed areas like multi-family properties are at risk from attacks by dangerous dogs.

    "What we need in this city of Wichita is a more restrictive ordinance against these types of animals," he said.

    The advisory board was seeking feedback to proposed changes in the animal ordinance that would put restrictions on owners of pit bulls, but not ban the breed.

    The changes also would ease rules on rabies vaccinations for dogs, cats and ferrets, requiring them every three years instead of every year.

    The meeting at Atwater Neighborhood City Hall, 2755 E. 19th St., was one of six advisory board meetings held Monday night to discuss the changes and offer feedback to the city.

    The proposals will go before the City Council on March 10.

    Among the changes, adult pit bulls would have to be microchipped and spayed or neutered within six months of the ordinance's adoption.

    There would be exceptions if the owner is a licensed breeder, the dog is a service dog, or the owner has a certified statement from a veterinarian that such surgery would injure the dog.

    Lindstrom said he has contacted other organizations about the changes.

    Don Henry, environmental services manager for the city, said the city currently has ways of dealing with dangerous dogs. He told the board that the new restrictions on pit bull owners would be a way to reduce the population of "indiscriminately bred, poorly socialized,

    unwanted, unkempt pit bulls that nobody wants."

    Henry said the proposal stopped short of banning pit bulls because there are responsible pit bull owners.

    "We have responsible smokers, but we choose to ban that, as well," said board member Debra Miller Stevens.

    Henry said the city has received many e-mails about the changes. Those against breed-specific language outnumber those who want such language, he said.

    John Stevens, a former Wichita Independent Neighborhood board member, said the city's animal ordinance has grown too long and complex since his organization began looking into it.

    He asked the board to recommend that the vicious dog portion be clarified.

    "You're going to have a hard time figuring out what the deal is with your pet," he said.

    http://www.kansas. com/topstories/ story/718977. html
  6. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Wichita Council to Vote on Changes to the Animal Ordinance

    Posted: March 9, 2009 01:20 PM

    by Kim Hynes (WICHITA, Kan.)

    The Wichita City Council will vote Tuesday on changes to the animal
    ordinance. The changes target pit bull owners, but all dog and cat owners
    will be impacted.

    Read the Proposed Animal Ordinance

    The changes require all adult pit bulls to be micro chipped and sterilized
    within six month of the ordinance going into effect. It also makes it
    illegal to own more than two pit bulls.

    You can exempt a pit bull from sterilizati on by getting a dog breeder's
    license. If you already own more than two pit bulls, you can be
    grandfathered in by getting an animal maintenance permit before July.

    The city requires dog owners to register all animals. If you own more than
    two of any breed, you're supposed to get the animal maintenance permit.

    Besides changes for pit bull owners, the city wants to allow more
    flexibility for rabies vaccinations. Animals would be required to
    get rabies shots every three years instead of annually.

    It also includes new animal nuisance provisions. Neighbors can file
    complaints against dogs and cats for defecation issues, noise and damage to

    Dog groomers and other commercial animal businesses will have to meet zoning
    requirements. The city says it will make it easier to cite businesses with
    heath and sanitation issues.

    The city council will discuss the changes Tuesday and then vote. If
    approved, the changes will go into effect July 1st.

    http://www.kwch. com/Global/ story.asp? S=9973070& nav=menu486_ 2_2
  7. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Changes to pet laws not just for pit bulls

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    The Wichita Eagle

    WICHITA - New restrictions on pit bulls are part of a new animal ordinance city leaders will consider today.

    But they're only a part.

    The 89-page document, a comprehensive overhaul of the city's animal codes, would affect people who own dogs, cats, horses, cows, chickens, ferrets and more.

    It also outlines sanitation standards for groomers, kennels and animal day care businesses, and it establishes rules for the city's first off-leash dog parks.

    "There's really no animal that's not affected," said Kay Johnson, director of the city's Environmental Services Department. "This is meant to enhance public safety and help prevent nuisances caused by animals."

    The proposed ordinance would:

    • Place greater restrictions on pit bull owners, including requirements that adult pit bulls be spayed or neutered and microchipped.

    • Penalize pet owners whose animals damage other people's property, knock over their trash or defecate on public or private property.

    • Require rabies vaccinations every three years for dogs, cats and ferrets instead of every year.

    • Require that horses, cattle, sheep, goats, emu, llamas and certain other livestock be kept on at least one acre.

    • Expand the city's authority to inspect businesses such as pet groomers if there is a complaint, and to cite them for sanitary violations.

    • Set age requirements and other rules for dog parks. Owners would have to be at least 14 and would be limited to three dogs per visit. Dogs would have to be over 5 months and have a valid license and current rabies vaccination tag. No food or treats -- for animals or humans -- would be allowed.

    The City Council will consider the proposal and hear comments from the public today.
    Johnson said she hopes the changes, developed over several months, will help the city better manage complaints about all types of animals.

    Pit bulls account for 25 to 30 percent of the animal control division's workload and more than a third of all dog attacks and bites, Johnson said. But the city also hears from residents frustrated about barking dogs, crowing roosters, roaming cats and unsanitary pet grooming businesses.

    In July, a 66-year-old Wichita man went before the City Council seeking a leash law for cats, saying his neighbor's cats made frequent "deposits" in his yard and were a nuisance.

    The proposed ordinance would provide more authority for enforcement and penalties for owners whose animals damage private property.

    "We get a lot of calls about a lot of different things regarding animals, and this (law) pulls it all together," Johnson said. "We want people to feel like they can enjoy their property without significant interference from a neighbor's animal."

    Reach Suzanne Perez Tobias at 316-268-6567 or stobias@wichitaeagl e.com.

    http://www.kansas. com/news/ story/727580. html
  8. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Wichita City Council approves pit bull limitations, other animal rules


    The Wichita Eagle

    The Wichita City Council approved a new animal ordinance today that stops short of banning pit bulls but places greater restrictions on their owners.

    "(Concern about) this dog breed far surpasses any of the other breeds," said Kay Johnson, director of the city's environmental services department. "There is no other dog type that comes close."

    The council voted 6-1 in favor of the ordinance. Council member Paul Gray opposed it, saying there hadn't been enough time to evaluate the effects of the city's current ordinance, passed just over a year ago.

    Several people, including leaders of the Kansas Humane Society and a local veterinarians' group, spoke against the breed-specific regulations.

    "I encourage you not to punish the responsible owners of American pit bull terriers," said Ron Aunquou, who owns four pit bulls. "They're magnificent dogs. They're good companions.. .. If the (current) ordinance is enforced, I don't think we'll have much of a problem."

    The new ordinance, which takes effect July 1, will:

    • Require adult pit bulls to be microchipped.

    • Require neutering or spaying of adult pit bulls within six months of the ordinance's adoption unless the owner is a licensed breeder, the dog is a service dog or the owner has a certified statement from a veterinarian that such surgery would cause the dog injury.

    • Allow people to have only two pit bulls unless the owner has an animal maintenance permit, which allows people to own more than two dogs or two cats.

    http://www.kansas. com/news/ breaking/ story/728141. html
  9. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    According to the first article, the ordinance passed first round approval, but it still needs final approval.

    Council gives first-round approval to pit bull ordinance

    WICHITA, Kansas – Pit bulls are the target of a proposed city ordinance. The city council gave first-round approval Tuesday to a new law that would limit the number of pit bulls a person could own.

    Thanksgiving morning 2007, a one-year-old boy was mauled by a pit bull. The attack was so bad; surgeons had to re-attach the toddler’s scalp.

    "We've had some very vicious attacks over the last several years,” said Kay Johnson, director of Environmental Services at City of Wichita.

    It’s because of that the city gave first-round approval to a proposed animal ordinance that puts restrictions specifically on the breed.

    The ordinance would require microchips for all pit bulls, and sterilization for animals owned by a non-breeder. It would also limit the number of pit bulls one could own to two.

    “I've been an owner of American pit bull terriers for 20 years,” said a resident. “Not one time has animal control had to come to my house, nor has any of my dogs bit anyone or caused any trouble."

    A handful of pit bull owners urged the council to vote down the ordinance as did the Wichita Veterinary Medical Association.

    "I will acknowledge that Wichita has a pit bull problem, but it is because of the owners that we are having this problem,” said Christy Rafferty, DVM and president of WVMA.

    Still, the city says it received more than 1,200 complaints dealing with pit bulls last year and says instead of joining 44 other communities across the state in banning the breed all together, it hopes this effort breeds a sense of responsibility among pit bull owners.

    The proposed ordinance also allows dog owners to choose a three-year rabies vaccine instead of an annual shot and provides penalties for animal nuisance, including dog waste on private property.

    With final approval, the ordinance would go into effect in July.

    http://www.ksn. com/news/ local/41049257. html

    New Law Targets Pit Bulls

    City leaders are taking tough new action on animal owners, approving a new animal ordinance Tuesday. While it doesn't just target pit bulls and their owners, they do bear the brunt of it.

    Pit Bulls account for up to 30% of all of Wichita's dog-related animal control calls; a statistic that led the city council to action adding new restrictions on the breed.
    It's a move that pleases many.

    "Keeping in the fact that the safety and the health of the citizens of Wichita, Kansas is what counts," said one supporter.

    Starting in July people can own a max of two Pit Bulls and the dogs must be micro-chipped and sterilized.

    The only exception is for licensed breeders and those who already have more than the limit can be grandfathered in.

    Even though it's not an outright pit bull ban, several Wichitans still aren't happy.

    "This new ordinance is persecutory, is discriminatory and it's profiling this animal. As far as I'm concerned it's dog racism," said one opponent.

    The head of the Kansas Humane Society says," Breed-specific ordinances punish responsible pet owners, are difficult to enforce and so little to deter irresponsible behavior.

    "Both the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Wichita Veterinary Medical Association strongly oppose Pit Bull bans. Our position is we have so many Pit Bull patients that are excellent dogs," said a local vet.

    And opponents say the tougher dangerous dog ordinance passed by the council just a year ago is working fine on its own.

    Since then, the number of Pit Bull dogs put to sleep is down 19% and the number of Pit Bulls found running at large is down 13%.

    That's why Council Member Paul Gray voted against the new regulations.

    "It hasn't given due time for the existing ordinance to really take effect and see where it's at," said Gray.

    While the Pit Bull restrictions are the most controversial part, the new ordinance will now also change rabies vaccination rules so owners only have to get a three year vaccination instead of an annual one. Pet owners who let their animals defecate in or otherwise damage someone's property can also be penalized. Certain livestock must be kept on at least one acre of land. And the city's authority to inspect businesses such as pet groomers has also been expanded.

    http://www.kake. com/news/ headlines/ 41050182. html
  10. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    ***permission granted to corsspost***

    Despite her phone ringing off the hook, the Wichita city clerk was kind enough to spend a few minutes with me on the phone this morning to clarify the animal control ordinance voted on yesterday by the city council.

    Even though a media report indicated that the ordinance still needed a final approval, the clerk advised that yesterday's vote was the final and passing vote. The ordinance will now be placed on the consent agenda on March 24. According to the clerk, everything placed on the consent agenda is passed. The ordinance will then be published in the local paper on March 27, and it becomes law after official publication. It will not go into effect, however, until July 1, 2009.

    The clerk advised that the issue sparked passionate arguments from many people on both sides of the issue. In the end, six of the nine people that spoke at yesterday's meeting were against BSL, including a local vet and the CEO of the local humane society.

    The city council meeting can be viewed via the internet on the City of Wichita website (http://wichitaks. granicus. com/ViewPublishe r.php?view_ id=2) Click on agenda for the 3/10/09 meeting, and then go to Section III. New Council Business, No. #8. Clicking on the link will take you directly to the animal control debate on the video - you do not have to watch the entire meeting.

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