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IA: Police, AC Waiting Until Next Week To Seize Unregistered Pit Bulls in Sioux City

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by Vicki, Apr 4, 2010.

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    Police, animal control waiting until next week to seize unregistered pit bulls

    By Lynn Zerschling lzerschling@siouxcityjournal.com | Posted: Friday, April 2, 2010 2:38 pm

    SIOUX CITY -- Police Capt. Lisa Claeys said today authorities are going to take a deliberative approach to searching for dog owners who failed to re-register their pit bulls and pit bull mixes by Wednesday's deadline.

    "We won't rush into it," she said. "We will be making house visits."

    If authorities find a pet owner who has not followed the law on licensing and registering their pit bulls, the dogs will be seized and euthanized. City ordinance does not allow placing those dogs outside the city limits.

    "Some have suggested there will be this huge pit bull round-up," Mayor Pro Tem Tom Padgett said. "They're going to be very careful about going out."

    He pointed out the City Council gave pit bull owners a 30-day extension to register their dogs. Last year, those owners had to register their dogs with the city under the pit bull ban and were suppose re-register those dogs by March 1 for the 2010 calendar year.

    Because some pit bull owners claimed they didn't know they had to license and register their dogs by that deadline, the council gave them a 30-day extension.

    Now, Padgett said, some pit bull owners have called City Hall or Sioux City Animal Control claiming they didn't know about the new deadline.

    "They claimed they don't get the paper or watch TV," Padgett stated.. "Ignorance of the law doesn't necessarily make it legal for you to extend the deadline. We made it very clear that March 31 was the deadline. They have to take responsibility."

    No extension has been contemplated.

    Once all the pit bull/mixes registration information is compiled by mid-week, Claeys said police and/or animal control officers will follow up on those delinquent dog owners. She said the plan on who will do what has not been decided.

    No preliminary pit bull registration numbers were available from the city clerk's office.

    Police, animal control waiting until next week to seize unregistered pit bulls

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