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MI-Hazel Park Bans Pit Bulls

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by shadowwolf, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    Please send your polite and respectful opposition to breed specific legislation to the Hazel Park city officials listed below.

    Mayor
    Jack Lloyd
    (248) 546-4060
    (248) 414-5945 (fax)

    Mayor Pro-Tem
    Jan Parisi
    (248) 546-4060
    (248) 414-5945 (fax)


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    Councilman
    Jeff Keeton
    (248) 546-4060
    (248) 414-5945 (fax)


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    Councilman
    Andy LeCureaux
    (248) 546-4060
    (248) 414-5945 (fax)


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    Councilman
    Michael Webb
    (248) 546-4060
    (248) 414-5945 (fax)



    City Attorney
    Arnold Shifman
    1026 West Eleven Mile
    Royal Oak, MI 48067
    (248) 399-9703
    Fax: Fax (248) 399-1711
    shifman@coopershifm an.com




    Hazel Park wants pit bull owners on short leash
    By Jeremy Adragna
    C & G Staff Writer

    HAZEL PARK — City Council last week approved the first version of an ordinance that aims to regulate the ownership of dangerous animals, specifically pit bulls.

    The ordinance would require that anyone that owns a Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier must register the animal with the city and meet certain criteria to house the animals.

    The dogs must be confined to a pen in the owner’s yard and must at all times be on a leash, and must be muzzled if ever taken out of the confinement, which must be locked and at least 6 feet high. The homeowner must also display a “beware of dog†sign on the home and kennel.

    Owners must report the death or birth of any pit bulls within the city limits, and the dog owner’s address must be current at all times with city records.

    Hazel Park Mayor Jack Lloyd called the introduction of the pit bull ordinance “long overdue.†He said that Hazel Park is following the lead of several other Detroit suburbs and cities throughout the country that are considering similar ordinances.

    “It’s been a problem throughout the region,†said City Manager Edward Klobucher, “and it needs to be addressed.â€

    A similar version of the ordinance was discussed nearly one year earlier, when City Council considered requiring that dog owners should also hold a $1 million insurance policy on pit bulls in case they attack someone.

    “A lot of people are intimidated by these dogs,†said City Council member Jan Parisi. “I don’t think people feel comfortable in the neighborhoods. I think that’s a shame. That’s why this is very important.â€

    The ordinance was proposed because of a large number of attacks by pit bulls that occurred in the city last year. There was no mention by City Council members last week whether that trend has continued.

    The permit that city officials are looking to implement will be required within 30 days after the ordinance passes. Owners will also be required to renew the license every year and provide two current photographs of the dog. The permit would cost $50.

    “The $50, I think, needs to be there,†said Parisi. “If you’re really going to be a responsible person and you want to be the owner of an animal, then you should come up with $50.â€
    In the case that the dogs injure or kill a person or another animal, the district court will have the right to order that the dog be killed. The punishment would be made at the owner’s expense and can be extended to animals that could kill or cause severe injury in the future.

    Dogs can also be ordered sterilized, and owners could be forced to build an escape-proof enclosure or anything else the court deems necessary to protect the public from a breed of dog that is perceived to be dangerous.

    City officials are not stopping their efforts at the local level. Hazel Park City Attorney Arnold Shifman also called on state legislators to follow the city’s lead.

    “This should be a state law regulating pit bulls,†said Shifman. “This is a statewide issue.â€

    You can reach Staff Writer Jeremy Adragna at jadragna@candgnews. com or at (586) 279-1101.

    http://www.candgnews.com/Homepage-Articles/2008/8-20-08/MF-PITBULL.asp
     
  2. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    http://www.candgnew s.com/Homepage- Articles/ 2008/8-20- 08/MF-PITBULL. asp

    Hazel Park wants pit bull owners on short leash
    By Jeremy Adragna
    C & G Staff Writer

    HAZEL PARK — City Council last week approved the first version of an ordinance that aims to regulate the ownership of dangerous animals, specifically pit bulls.
    The ordinance would require that anyone that owns a Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier or American pit bull terrier must register the animal with the city and meet certain criteria to house the animals.
    The dogs must be confined to a pen in the owner’s yard and must at all times be on a leash, and must be muzzled if ever taken out of the confinement, which must be locked and at least 6 feet high. The homeowner must also display a “beware of dog” sign on the home and kennel.
    Owners must report the death or birth of any pit bulls within the city limits, and the dog owner’s address must be current at all times with city records.
    Hazel Park Mayor Jack Lloyd called the introduction of the pit bull ordinance “long overdue.” He said that Hazel Park is following the lead of several other Detroit suburbs and cities throughout the country that are considering similar ordinances.
    “It’s been a problem throughout the region,” said City Manager Edward Klobucher, “and it needs to be addressed.”
    A similar version of the ordinance was discussed nearly one year earlier, when City Council considered requiring that dog owners should also hold a $1 million insurance policy on pit bulls in case they attack someone.
    “A lot of people are intimidated by these dogs,” said City Council member Jan Parisi. “I don’t think people feel comfortable in the neighborhoods. I think that’s a shame. That’s why this is very important.”
    The ordinance was proposed because of a large number of attacks by pit bulls that occurred in the city last year. There was no mention by City Council members last week whether that trend has continued.
    The permit that city officials are looking to implement will be required within 30 days after the ordinance passes. Owners will also be required to renew the license every year and provide two current photographs of the dog. The permit would cost $50.
    “The $50, I think, needs to be there,” said Parisi. “If you’re really going to be a responsible person and you want to be the owner of an animal, then you should come up with $50.”
    In the case that the dogs injure or kill a person or another animal, the district court will have the right to order that the dog be killed. The punishment would be made at the owner’s expense and can be extended to animals that could kill or cause severe injury in the future.
    Dogs can also be ordered sterilized, and owners could be forced to build an escape-proof enclosure or anything else the court deems necessary to protect the public from a breed of dog that is perceived to be dangerous.
    City officials are not stopping their efforts at the local level. Hazel Park City Attorney Arnold Shifman also called on state legislators to follow the city’s lead.
    “This should be a state law regulating pit bulls,” said Shifman. “This is a statewide issue.”
    You can reach Staff Writer Jeremy Adragna at jadragna@candgnews. com or at (586) 279-1101.
     
  3. bullylover4ever

    bullylover4ever Big Dog

    holy cow! I dont know where Hazel Park is but I do live in michigan so this affects me especially since they want to make this a state wide issue, what can I do? and how many of these "attacks" were actually pit bulls? They need to start calling a mutt a MUTT already!!!
     
  4. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    APBTMom, I posted that article in my first post along with contact information.

    BullyLover

    Please write polite letters and fax/e-mail/snail mail to the folks listed above. Also, consider joining the ADOA, EBA and other BSL fighting organizations. This isn't just a Michigan thing - this is a world-wide thing and we need to fight to end it.
     
  5. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    City Council Meeting for Hazel Park is on Tuesday the 25th @ 7:00PM.

    We need ALL Michigan residents to be there, please, if you can. Regardless of if you own a pit bull or not.

    [FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]Council Chambers, City Hall, 111 East Nine Mile Road, Hazel Park.[/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif]
    [/FONT][FONT=Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif] (248) 546-4060[/FONT]
     
  6. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Hazel Park regulates pit bulls

    PUBLISHED: Thursday, August 28, 2008

    Some dog owners say the new rules go too far


    By Elizabeth A. Katz
    Daily Tribune Staff Writer


    HAZEL PARK -- City council members Tuesday voted unanimously to put tighter restrictions in place for those who own of pit bull-type dogs.



    Members also added a provision that would prohibit tying any breed of dog to an inanimate object, such as a tree, post, fence or building.


    The ordinance defines pit bull-type animals as the Staffordshire bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier and the American pit bull terrier.

    Under the amended law, owners of the three breeds of pit bull would have to keep their animals on a leash when outside of a fence and an adult person 18 years or older would have to be in physical control of the leash.

    Additionally, the dogs would have to be muzzled when outside of a house, kennel or fence; confined to the indoors or if outdoors, kept in a securely enclosed and locked six foot pen, kennel or fence, which has secure sides and a secure top for a kennel or pen. The dogs must be confined indoors, but not on a porch, patio or any part of a house or structure that would allow the dog to exit the building.

    Spiked dog collars are prohibited. Owners must post "Beware of Dog" on the kennel, pen or fence containing the animal. Owners must notify the city in writing about the removal or death of a pit bull, must report the birth of offspring and the notification of the new address if the owner moves to another address in the city.

    The city also is proposing new permit requirements and an annual permit fee of $50 for the breeds.

    City Manager Ed Klobucher said the action was taken after a lengthy discussion at the most recent council meeting.

    "The speakers on both sides of the issue did a very nice job of articulating their position and I think the discussions were good," he said. "We're going to be doing some additional research."

    He noted that owners of pit bull breeds have six months to put in fencing to contain their dogs. If the owner claims a hardship, Klobucher said the city will consider those situations on a case by case basis.

    Though the ordinance amendment was breed-specific, Klobucher said council members and the public agreed that any owner of a misbehaving dog, regardless of breed, should be punished.

    "We'll have a dialogue with the courts on the importance of having swift and severe penalties for owners who allow their dogs to engage in dangerous behavior, including high fines, jail time and putting down the dogs," he said.

    Councilwoman Jan Parisi said she believes the ordinance restrictions are necessary to protect the residents, other animals and the pit bulls themselves.

    "They are mostly wonderful owners, but there are some people who are attracted to that dog because it's a fighting dog," she said. "If you're going to own a dog, we're going to expect you to be a responsible owner."

    Councilman Andy LeCureaux said officials have been working on the ordinance for many years, holding workshops on the issue and conducting their own research on the breeds.

    "That breed has a different temperament, " he said. "Sometimes it's the bad owners that give that dog the bad temperament. Out of all the people who came to talk, there were two residents who were against it and probably eight for it."

    And though the council was firm in its decision, LeCureaux said he appreciated the discussion on both sides of the issue. He added the ordinance contains a five-year sunset clause and council members have the ability to change the ordinance at any time.

    "We gained some valuable information from the people who were against it," he said. "They realized our ordinance was less restrictive and onerous than they thought."

    Even so, one American Staffordshire terrier owner was displeased by the council's decision and wanted the amendment to not be breed-specific.

    "I believe their minds were made up before they even came to the meeting," said Debbie Frawley, owner of 13-year-old Xena. "I understand they are trying to protect the public, but I don't agree with how they are doing it."

    Contact Elizabeth A. Katz at elizabeth.katz@ dailytribune. com or (248) 591-2521.


    http://www.dailytri bune.com/ stories/082808/ loc_localn02. shtml


    am sorry shadowwolf. I promise to pay more attention. :)
     
  7. bahamutt99

    bahamutt99 Stealth ninja

    What's a sunset clause? Does that mean that in 5 years the ordinance will expire, or require review? Kinda weird that they outlawed spiked collars. I wouldn't miss them myself, but still odd.
     
  8. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    It means in 5 years they will revisit the issue and how well it's working. There are at least two given individuals in Hazel park who utilize pit bulls as service animals and they made no exceptions to that rule on muzzling either. However, they agreed to work with the Michigan American Pit Bull Terrier Club to add amendments to this project before the sunset clause is in effect.

    The outlawing of spiked collars was to help remove an animal if a fight broke out. While I'm assuming it's breed specific, I'm not honestly sure.

    Oh, and the dog sign, it CAN be a "Dog On Premises" sign as well. It doesn't have to say, "Beware of dog." Stupid media.

    We brought up CGC testing as a way to lower fees, etc. TT testing, etc. and so forth. It's getting beyond outrageous.
     
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  9. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    More since my edit time ran out...

    And another thing - we brought up the defense of our dogs should a neighboring animal target it. Nothing was said on that end.

    Folks, we need a united front. This was just one small loss. If you are a Michigan resident and own a pit bull or love the breed, join anti-dog legislation groups. Join your local breed club. Folks that are part of the MAPBTC (www.mapbtc.com) are trying to organize anti-BSL information and speak with folks before this becomes an issue. Yes, this is a UKC show club, but many of us in the club would rather see our breed before a ribbon and without like-minded individuals, we're going to sink our ship before it happens with BSL.
     
  10. grave digger

    grave digger Puppy

    Well i stay 10 min from hazel park... and last time a pit bull bite any one i was told like three year's ago, so let's do the math pit bull bite's x Mix breed's that bite more people a year = just another way for the city to make more MONEY!.
     
  11. VonDoom

    VonDoom Puppy

    Michigan here to. This stinks 10 ways from sunday.
     
  12. shadowwolf

    shadowwolf Good Dog

    Ortonville and Warren are proposing BSL. This has already passed. We need help with cities that HAVEN'T passed yet. Please, contact local councils.
     
  13. APBTlover09

    APBTlover09 GRCH Dog

    Ugh!!! :mad::( the hazel park ban/BSL supporters can go banned themselves :mad:
     

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