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IA: Sioux City Pit bulls not registered by March 1 will be killed

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by StopBSL.com, Feb 21, 2010.

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    Sioux City, IA: Pit bulls not registered by March 1 will be killed
    Posted on February 21, 2010 by Stop BSL

    JOURNAL EXCLUSIVE: Pit bulls not registered by March 1 will be seized

    Pit bulls not registered by March 1 will be seized

    By Lynn Zerschling lzerschling@siouxcityjournal.com Posted: Sunday, February 21, 2010 12:00 am

    Owners must renew licenses by March 1 or lose their dogs

    SIOUX CITY — Amanda Gardner isn’t taking any chances.

    “I got my dog licensed back in December,†the pit-bull owner said of the city requirement that pet owners license their pets every year.

    Pet owners must obtain licenses starting Jan. 1 for the calendar year. They have until March 1 to license their pets before they start paying an additional fee.

    That rule does not apply to the 559 pit bulls and pit bull mixes registered with the city last year following City Council action banning ownership of new pit bulls and mixes in the city.

    “They must be continually licensed. If they don’t meet the March 1 cutoff date, they won’t be able to renew the license,†City Clerk Lisa McCardle said. “Once you let that pit bull license expire, they can’t renew it.â€

    City Attorney Andrew Mai confirmed that pit bulls/mixes must be licensed by March 1 or the owners face losing their pets.

    Gardner, who founded the group Justice for Pit Bulls, is not sure all pit bull owners are aware of the deadline. McCardle said her office mailed a reminder letter to every pet owner who obtained pet licenses in 2009. The letter informed them they have until March 1 to renew the licenses without paying a penalty fee.

    Former pit bull owner Deborah Borg said she was unaware of that March 1 cutoff.

    “It’s very irritating to me because the letter I received did not state that people who do own pit bulls have by March 1 or they will come and take their dog,†said Borg, who owns other breeds.

    She and her husband, Rick, owned a pit bull, Harley, who died last year. She has renewed the licenses on the other pets.

    After that March 1 deadline, Cindy Rarrat, owner of Sioux City Animal Control, said she will cross check the list of those 559 pit bull owners who obtained a license last year with those who have renewed their license in 2010.

    “If somebody hasn’t licensed their dog again, we’ll either make visits to the house or telephone calls to see what the status of their dog is,†she said. “If we found an unlicensed dog, it would be classified as an illegal dog and would have to be seized.â€

    Some dogs may have died or the owners may have placed them with a family living outside the city limits.

    Under the strict pit bull ban enacted in 2008, pit bulls who have not been licensed must be euthanized and cannot be placed elsewhere.

    “If they want to keep their dogs, they’ll have to license them,†Rarrat stressed. “We’ve had a lot of people come through the shelter to get their animals re-licensed.â€

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