Proposed dog ordinances in Overland Park have owners up in arms - KCTV5

Proposed Overland Park dog ordinances have owners upset

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OVERLAND PARK, KS (KCTV) -

Dog owners are fuming over possible changes in city code that could impact their four-legged companions all across Overland Park.

It was a standing room only crowd Wednesday night as the majority of the agenda for the Overland Park public safety committee went to the dogs.

The item of so much interest is a proposal to charge pet foster homes $50 up front and another $25 every year in new fees.

Liz Musil and her family have fostered nearly 60 dogs over the years, helping them eventually find loving homes.

She says the only fee they pay now is $10 charged by the state.  She is worried higher expenses will lead to fewer foster homes and more dogs getting put down.

"Some people just can't afford and don't want to be spending that money on a fee when they could spend it on the animals," Musil said.

Musil was among the dozens who spoke during the open forum, hoping to convince the committee to give up on the idea.

She and others also voiced concern over a proposed plan to use DNA testing to identify pit bull type dogs, which are banned within city limits.

Musil says the city shouldn't single out canines based on stereotypes but should judge each dog individually.

"It doesn't matter what breed they are it matters what their behavior is," she said.

The city's own legal council voiced concerns over the proposal as well, saying the technology doesn't exist to definitively determine breed based on DNA.

"Pit bulls are such a diverse group of mixed breed you cannot create a scientific database for a pit bull dog," Musil said.

The meeting lasted several hours, but in the end none of the proposals can take effect until they get out of committee and are voted on by the full city council. 

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