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Spokane, WA Leaders COnsidering Pit Bull Ban -- **READ LETTER FROM MAYOR**

Discussion in 'Dog Ordinances & Laws' started by apbtmom76, Sep 10, 2008.

  1. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    Spokane leaders considering pit bull ban

    Posted: Sep 9, 2008 06:31 PM CDT Updated: Sep 9, 2008 06:31 PM CDT

    SPOKANE -- Neighbors in northwest Spokane are turning to the City Council to get them to combat a growing problem by enacting a ban on pitbulls within city limits.

    A handful of residents in one Spokane neighborhood say they're too scared to walk the streets after a group of pitbulls attacked a woman and her dogs back in April.

    "This isn't acceptable, it's not okay, our neighborhoods are not safe," Nancy Sondock said. "I don't feel safe, after 34 years in my home, to pull into my driveway because I don't know when they'll come up the driveway and attack."

    Less than a day after the neighbors addressed their concerns to the council some of them were faced down by a loose pit bull near the intersection of Elm and Everett, forcing them to call Spokanimal for help.

    "I have four children at home. If I get attacked by a pit bull, I can't provide for my family this is very serious for me," mail carrier Bruce Madill said.

    The group wants drastic measures to be taken to insure public safety. Their requests include a complete ban on pit bulls within city limits, mandatory neutering and spaying, microchipping and pet insurance to protect citizens against any potential attack.

    Just last month Seattle considered a similar ban while Yakima and several smaller Washington cities have pit bull bans already in place.

    Nancy Sondock supports the pit bull ban; she was the one who was attacked by three pit bulls back on April 30th. Since then she says she's been living in fear.

    "All dogs can bite but not all dogs do the damage pit bulls can do," she said. "They have lock jaws and they stay with an animal or person until it's dead."

    Chantel Parker is a pit bull owner and she disagrees with Sondock's position on a complete pit bull ban.

    "It actually made me sick to my stomach because my feeling is a lot of the hysteria is from ignorance and people just not knowing what great dogs they can be," Parker said, adding that she believes the issues boils down to owners not the breed.

    "If you know a pit bull that's been raised well you have a different take on it," Parker said.

    The city council is researching state law and city code regarding this proposed ordinance, which would theoretically ban any new pit bulls and put tougher regulations on those who already own the dogs.

    http://www.kxly. com/Global/ story.asp? S=8980874
  2. apbtmom76

    apbtmom76 Good Dog

    From the Mayor of Spokane

    D Elisabeth Aymett
    Milagro Rottweilers

    --- On Sun, 9/14/08, Oliver, Reagan <roliver@spokanecity .org> wrote:
    From: Oliver, Reagan <roliver@spokanecity .org>
    Subject: FW: Dog legislation information
    Date: Sunday, September 14, 2008, 5:30 PM

    Dear Ms. Aymett,

    Recently, a number of citizens came to a City Council meeting and spoke during the "public forum" section of the meeting, urging the City to consider a ban on pit bulls within the City limits. I do not support this approach.

    Public safety is a paramount concern for City government, but banning a single breed of dog will not provide additional safety for our residents and is discriminatory in nature. The ordinances we have on the books to deal with "dangerous" dogs on a case-by-case basis are the most appropriate way to keep our citizens safe.

    If a dog is determined to be "dangerous" or "potentially dangerous" under the ordinances within the Spokane Municipal Code, its owner must meet several stringent requirements, including confining the dog to keep it away from people or other animals it may harm. If the conditions aren't met, the owner can be cited and/or the dog can be confiscated.

    SpokAnimal-- the agency that has provided animal control services within the City for years--has found that aggressive or dangerous behavior is not limited to a single breed of dog. We find examples of "good" and "bad" dogs within any breed. Similarly, we also have pet owners who are responsible and others who are irresponsible. How an animal is treated by its owners often determines how a pet behaves.

    A blanket ban of particular breed of animal will not solve the problem of dangerous animals. The answer lies with all of us. We must be responsible pet owners. We must talk to our neighbors. We must report problems. We must take care of issues before they become safety threats.

    Thank you for taking the time to write to me. Our involved citizenry is one of Spokane 's strengths.


    Mary Verner

    Mayor, City of Spokane

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