JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KCTV) -- Throughout the Kansas City area, dozens of cities ban pit bulls and other breeds considered aggressive.

Some advocates call this dog discrimination because each animal no matter the breed has different behavior.

The executive director at KC Pet Project sent a letter to lawmakers asking the to pass HB 2244 and 2241 that would not allow cities to ban select breeds.

Tori Fugate, communications director at KC Pet Project, says breed bans often make it difficult to adopt out pit bulls.

“Think of all the resources that shelter is spending on that one animal that could have went to a home had that legislation not been in place,” Fugate said. “If this were a statewide matter where we saw all communities be able to lift their bans then we would be able to save lives a lot faster and get some of these wonderful dogs into homes.”

The bill would let cities make laws about dogs, but those laws must cover all breeds, not just pit bulls or any other specific breed.

The city of Independence bans pit bulls.

In a statement, a spokeswoman told KCTV5 News that officials are monitoring closely to see how the state legislation could impact the community.

They have formed a committee of people from the Advisory Board of Health and Animal Welfare that are looking into this and will give recommendations to council sometime this spring.

Independence does allow pit bull owners that had the dog before the legislation was passed in 2006 to keep their dog if they have a license and renew it every year.

The dog breed ban bill has moved through two House committees. KCTV5 is working to learn when it will go to the full House.

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(5) comments

Carol Miller

Any law that denies a community home rule rights to regulate what has proven dangerous in that community is intrusive and impacts public safety. This particular law is promoted by those with a financial interest, organizations looking to protect their income stream. Public safety is not a consideration. I live in a state that had modest restrictions on pit bulls for 25 years. This law was hated by breed advocates and they pulled out all the stops to kill a proactive public safety law, eventually, they were successful. In the less-than-eight-years since the law written by an out of state animal advocacy organization with a strong pit bull advocacy viewpoint and lobbying history and passed by clueless Ohio lawmakers, Ohio has had 18 dog attack fatalities. In the decade prior to the change in state law, while breed restrictions still existed Ohio had 5 fatal dog attacks. Think about that, 18 deaths in 8 years versus 5 deaths in 10 years. Breed neutral law as crafted by pit bull advocacy has been a stunning failure. Allowing breed advocates to deny home rule rights to communities does not end well.

bachaus

Proven? OMG be a puppet of sensationalized media -

First BSL does not make a community safer look to failed BSL across the globe

From Toronto to Spain BSL is a proven failure targeting a dog based on phenotypical characteristics and putting zero onus on the owner is exactly why 21 states have repealed BSL and banned it!

If you actually wanted to make your communities safe you would push for a breed neutral approach like the number one animal control model in North America Bill Bruce's Calgary Model -

Not only targeting irresponsible owners but educating children in class with a 98% tagging rate, 86% return stray rate and a 0% euthaniztion rate which operates in the black costing ZERO TAX DOLLARS funded by citations and tags with money left over to make a state of the art facility and have spay neuter clinics but alas it's not about safety for you for people like you are pit bulls haters puppets of media thinking DBO and 24/7 bite stats are accurate - ROFLMAO

Funny how Canada who has the same population proportion of pit bulls (NOT A BREED BTW) at about 6% with most being imports from USA shelters has had only 4 deaths by the various breeds in 34 years the remaining 40 deaths are attributed to other breeds with huskies being the number one killer -

So as much as you think your biased opinion is based in fact it's FAR FROM THE TRUTH like Cliftons stats of 24/7

Michelle M

Better check yourself, your ignorance is showing. Bet you own a little ankle biter.

Carol Miller

Any law that denies a community home rule rights to regulate what has proven dangerous in that community is intrusive and impacts public safety. This particular law is promoted by those with a financial interest, organizations looking to protect their income stream. Public safety is not a consideration.

I live in a state that had modest restrictions on pit bulls for 25 years. This law was hated by breed advocates and they pulled out all the stops to kill a proactive public safety law, eventually, they were successful.

In the less-than-eight-years since the law written by an out of state animal advocacy organization with a strong pit bull advocacy viewpoint and lobbying history and passed by clueless Ohio lawmakers, Ohio has had 18 dog attack fatalities. In the decade prior to the change in state law, while breed restrictions still existed Ohio had 5 fatal dog attacks. Think about that, 18 deaths in 8 years versus 5 deaths in 10 years. Breed neutral law as crafted by pit bull advocacy has been a stunning failure.

Allowing breed advocates to deny home rule rights to communities does not end well.

bachaus

You think that by repeating yourself you make it true? LOL

FYI

Great Pyrenees, Collies,Beagles, Jack Russell Terriers, Dogo's, Gerberian Shepsky's, Dachshunds, Golden Retrievers, German Sheprador, German Sheprador's, Saint Bernards, Alaskan Malamutes, Bull Dogs, Cane Corso's, Doberman Pinschers, Great Danes, Australian Cattle Dog (38 egregious bodily harms and a death) Labrador Retriever, Cocker Spaniel ,Chows, Boxers, Akita's, Siberian huskies, German Shepherds, and Rotties have all been responsible for human deaths ?

Considering that there are 4.5 million dog bites a year and 900,000 dog bites require medical attention 27,000 require reconstructive surgery

Guess these dogs didn't get your memo

Spain

A study published in the Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2007) showed the Dangerous Animals Act (2000), which targeted a number of breeds of dogs, had no impact on reducing dog-related injuries. i.

Italy

In 2009, Italy abolished its breed-specific regulations, which applied to 17 breeds of dogs down from 92 breeds, in favour of legislation that holds individual dog owners responsible for their dog’s behaviour. Italy’s Undersecretary Francesca Martini reported, “The measures adopted in the previous laws had no scientific basis. Dangerous breeds do not exist.”ii

citing i

B. Rosado et al, “Spanish dangerous animals act: Effect on the epidemiology of dog bites,” Journal of Veterinary Behaviour (2007) 2, 166-174.

Toronto Ontario 14 years of failed BSL

The Toronto Humane Society opposes breed-specific legislation as it does not reduce the incidence or severity of dog bites, penalizes responsible pet owners and kills innocent dogs. A community approach to

responsible pet ownership, one that focuses on the behaviour of the dog and the owner, is the best way to protect public safety and promote animal welfare

Guess that's why there are so many out right bans and repeals like below - Delaware has become the 21st state to outlaw it along with just a few places that have repealed LOL

2020

Cathlamet, WA (repealed January, 2020)

Sarcoxie, MO (repealed February, 2020)

Prairie Village, KS (repealed February, 2020)

2019

11/5/2019 Kennewick City Washington repeals 40 year ban

11/2019 Sugar Creek, MO (repealed)

11/2019 Maquoketa, IA (repealed)

11/2019 Everett, WA (repealed)

11/2019 Sioux City, IA (repealed)

10/2019 South Point, OH (repealed)

​10/2019 University City, MO (repealed)

​10/2019 Fenton, LA (repealed)

09/2019 Kosciusko, MS (repealed)

08/2019 Yorkville, WI (repealed)

08/2019 Cudahy, WI (repealed)

07/2019 Enumclaw, WA (repealed)

07/2019Highland Heights, OH (repealed)

5/30/2019 Wyandotte County KS repealed 30 year ban

5/30/2019 Kansas City KS A decision has been made to repeal a ban that has been in place for 29 years.

5/01/2019 Washington becomes the 22nd state to outlaw BSL

5/2019 Liberty MO

5/2019 Willoughby Hills, Ohio.

04/2019 Cabot, AR (repealed)

​04/2019 Ludlow, KY (repealed)

04/2019 Barry, IL (repealed)

03/2019 Gardendale, AL (repealed)

03/2019 Eureka, MO (repealed)

​01/2019 Fort Lupton, CO (repealed)

1/2019 Garfield Heights Ohio repealed ban

2018

12/2018 Mentor-on-the-Lake, OH (repealed)

12/2018 Rocky River, Ohio repealed ban

8/2018 Yakima, Wa repealed 30 year ban

8/2017. Chateauguay QC 30 year ban

8/2018. Montreal QC

8/2018 Springfield, Missouri residents voted against ban

7/8/2018 Springfield, Missouri

5/2018 Pratt, Kansas repealed ban

5/2018 Castle Rock, Colorado repealed ban

4/2018 Eudora, Kansas repealed 10 year old ban

4/2018 Beloit, Kansas repealed

4/2018 Marceline, Mo repealed ban

3/2018.Lakewood, Ohio

3/2018 Anamosa, Iowa removes ban

3/2018 Ironton, Mo. removes ban

3/2018 Reynoldsburg, Ohio repeals ban

02/2018 Hastings, MI (repealed)

01/2018 New Albany, OH (repealed)

1/2018 Burden, Kansas lifts ban

1/2018 Libby, Montana

2017

11/2017 Prince George, BC Canada city council voted to stop classifying pit bulls and other bully breeds as "dangerous" and instead focus on the behaviour of individual dogs, as part of new rules around animal ownership in the city.

8/2017 Beaver Dam, Ky.removed ban

7/2017 South Milwaukee, Wisconsin removed ban

6/2017 Delaware Governor John Carney (D) signed House Bill 13, which is intended to protect the rights of responsible Delaware dog owners by prohibiting any dog from being declared “potentially dangerous” or “dangerous” under state law simply based on the dog’s breed. The bill would also prohibit municipalities from enacting laws or regulations based on a dog’s breed.

5/2017 Tamarac, Fla removed ban

5/2017 The County of Grande Prairie (Canada) removes breed specific references and restricted breeds from Animal Control Bylaw

5/2017 Payette, Idaho removed ban

3/2017 Florissant, Mo removed ban

1/2017 Purdy, Mo. removed ban

11/2017 Mansfield, Ohio

2016

11/2016 Bextly OH no longer bans pit bulls obtain insurance, spay or neuter their pet, register it with the city and prove it passed a behavior test.

2015

1/26/2015 Roeland Park, KS repealed BSL

2014

11/18/2014 - Spring Hill Kansas has repealed their ban on "pit bull dogs." The old law, which was passed in 2008

2/3/2014 Garden City repealed

1/ 14/2014 Canton Township (MI) repeals breed-specific vicious dog ordinance

1/13 2014 Bonner Springs suburb of Kansas ...

2014 Fairway KS

Considering there are 19,519 cities, 16,360 towns, and 3,031 counties

Meaning that there are 900/38910

so I'll give you the benefit of the doubt on 900 (which is really high) that means a mere 0.02313% of jurisdictions support some form of BSL anything from special license to outright ban and everything in between

Time to hold the owner accountable for irresponsible behaviour not a dog based on your misguided opinion on how they look and believe they "might" act lol

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