Friday, August 10, 2012
In a recently filed lawsuit, a resident claims Manchester's pitbull ordinance is unconstitutional and vague.
A Manchester resident is challenging in court the City of Manchester’s dog ordinance which forbids pitbulls from running at large and unleashed. (Sign up here for the FREE Patch Newsletter, including Breaking News Alerts.) Sheron McRoberts, of the 1000 block of Briarhurst Dr., alleges she has been unfairly and unconstitutionally penalized for owning two dogs, which her lawsuit refers to as “unknown mixed breed.” McRoberts filed the suit against the city of Manchester on June 22. It can be read in the PDF portion of this article. McRoberts claims in her suit that between 2010 and 2011 she received four citations by the Manchester Police Department for failure to maintain or confine her dogs as required by the ordinance. “...the Ordinance …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Town and Country is poised to remove its ban on pit bull and dogs that look like pit bulls. Do you agree?
Local residents Dr. Kenneth Bentley and his wife Kathleen have asked Town and Country to remove the "breed specific language" from its code regarding dog ownership. Currently, pit bulls and dogs that resemble pit bulls are deemed as "vicious" dogs and are not allowed to be kept as pets in Town and Country. Captain Patrick Kranz of the Town and Country Police told Patch the police department had seen that the ordinance could be considered outdated. The Police Commission has been reviewing the city's animal regulations and have suggested several revisions to the board of alderman to bring the code in line with St. Louis County rules. The board of aldermen will vote on the new ordinance August 6.
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
St. Louis County Animal Control and Care points out how hard it is to tell a true pit bull from many other similar breeds.
It’s hard to be a pit bull these days—the breed has been labeled as inherently dangerous by states, courts, insurance companies and public opinion. Recently a Town and Country couple found out how much pit bulls are hated when a neighbor called the police three times because their mix breed dog was “scary looking.” Dr. Kenneth Bentley and his wife Kathleen decided to fight city hall rather than banish their new dog, who they said is not a pit bull. They hired a lawyer and asked Town and Country to remove pit bulls (and dogs that look like pit bulls) from the definition of “vicious dogs.” The city will vote on the new wording August 6, and are expected to remove their long standing pit bull ban. Ward 2 Alderman Chuck Lenz said that a …