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According to this News Release sent to us by several rescue groups re the City of Lancaster, all APBTS +ROTTIES are used by gangs and potentially dangerous. Therefore you can read it yourself and see if it isn’t a bunch of bull……………This is NOT how you set up a vicious dog ordinance!
We have Animal People, Clifton+Animal Extremist Wife Kim, Peta, Kory Nelson, and HSUS to thank for pushing the altering of EVERY single pet out there. If a dog was ACTUALLY dangerous (breed not considered) that would be one thing, put the dog down.
But when EVERY single dog is targeted, that has never done anything, we can thank Bad rap and United Animal Nations (HSUS jennifer Fearing) for that trick, when they helped “modify” SB861 in California, mandating altering for ANY BREED in CA, IF the city/county WANTS to do it. In fact, some counties have passed altering for ALL breeds, and there is a lawsuit in Los Angeles on that issue now. (Mandatory altering in California was attempted by judy Mancuso in 2007-2008 and it failed miserably.)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Joseph Cabral
January 13, 2009 (661) 723-6053
City Council to Discuss Proposed Ordinance Toughening Rules Regarding Potentially Dangerous and Vicious Dogs
Ordinance would institute a mandatory spay and neuter program
for Pit Bulls and Rottweilers
Lancaster, January 13, 2009 – Tuesday night, the Lancaster City Council will discuss a proposed ordinance, which would toughen the city’s existing rules regarding potentially dangerous and vicious dogs found within the city’s limits.
“The city wants owners of such dogs, to do much more to train and control their animals. This proposed ordinance would impose more stringent penalties on owners who fail to take proper action,” said Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.
Under the proposed ordinance, dogs that engage in aggressive behavior when unprovoked may be found to be potentially dangerous by a hearing officer. Owners of such dogs would need to have the dog properly licensed, micro-chipped, and vaccinated at their cost prior to their release. Additional conditions could include: the owner being required to secure their property; proper muzzling and leash restraints of the dog; completion of approved dog obedience course training; spay or neutering; a fine of up to $500 for each offense; and costs of the hearing.
“We are putting the responsibility of proper animal care, housing and training on the owners. If you choose to have a dog, it must be properly confined on your property and appropriately restrained when escorted off your property. Pet ownership is a privilege that should be treated with respect for both your dog and others in the community. Once your negligence as a pet owner presents a threat to the safety and welfare of our citizens, your privilege will be suspended,” stated Lancaster Mayor R. Rex Parris.
Also under the proposed ordinance, a hearing officer may determine a dog to be vicious if it is trained to be aggressive for fighting, inflicts severe injury or death, or is currently listed as a potentially dangerous dog. If so, the vicious dog could be destroyed if deemed a significant threat to the public health, safety and welfare. If the dog is not destroyed, the owner of the vicious dog would adhere to the same conditions of a potentially dangerous dog with more stringent requirements to secure the owner’s property and confine the vicious dog. Fines are up to $1,000 per offense. An owner of a vicious dog may also be prohibited from possessing any dog for up to three years.
“With proper laws in place, we can better protect our community. This proposed ordinance not only would promote the identification and management of dangerous dogs for the protection of our citizens, but it would also protect dogs from unsafe living conditions, mistreatment, overpopulation and eventual abandonment. We’re trying to eliminate a threat to our community, as well as the dangers and abuse these animals ultimately face due to irresponsible owners,” commented Parris.
The new ordinance would also institute a mandatory spay and neuter program for all varieties of Pit Bulls and Rottweilers, including dogs exhibiting predominant physical characteristics of this breeds (as established by the American Kennel Club, United Kennel Club and American Dog Breeders Association). Exceptions would include: dogs less than four months of age; a dog considered a high medical risk; and, a dog of whom the owner has taken custody of within the past 30 days.
“Pit Bulls and Rottweilers are the breeds of choice for gang members. This proposed ordinance will be a strong deterrent to gangs in our city. It will go a long way toward sending a strong signal that Lancaster is no longer going to tolerate this type of activity,” concluded Parris.
The City Council will discuss the proposed ordinance during its regularly scheduled meeting, Tuesday January 13, beginning at 5pm. The meeting will take place in the council chambers, located at Lancaster City Hall; 44963 Fern Avenue, Lancaster, CA 93534.
City of Lancaster
44933 Fern Avenue
Lancaster, CA 93534-2461
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(661) 723-6141 fax