Pit Bull Ordinanace in Auburn

Pit Bull Ordinanace in Auburn

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concerned citizen

York, NE

#1 Dec 4, 2007

There is a proposed ordinance that could pass at the Dec 10 City council meeting concerning pit bulls. I do not own pit bulls, but I have friends and family that do. Auburn does not have a problem with pit bulls in general, but they are the ones being targeted because "they have to start somewhere." I believe that any dog or animal has the potential to be aggressive and dangerous. I believe that Auburn has issues with animal welfare and community safety in general. I do not believe that those issues are breed specific. I believe that this proposed ordinance is discriminatory and lacks the proper research that this city needs to enforce the ordinances and laws that pertain to animal welfare and safety. What are your thoughts on this subject? Who are we punishing? The people or the animal? Is there profiling going on when it comes to these breeds and the people that own them?
the ant

Lincoln, NE

#2 Dec 4, 2007
pit bulls are bred for fighting if your not fighting them then don't have them

a spade is a spade

“Equal Beginnings Not Outcomes ”

Since: Aug 07

~Merry Christmas~

#3 Dec 4, 2007
Aurora, CO basically banned the ownership of pit bulls due to the amount of injuries recieved by these types of pets. When I say baisicly, I mean you can own one, if you have enough money to pay the licensing fee to have one. In reality, not too many people will pay this outrageous fee to have one. Thus creating a criminal out of the owners if they choose to have a pit bull and not pay the licensing fee and someone gets injured.

Denver's approach with this was strictly derived from city stats. These stats showed without a doubt that pit bull related injuries surpassed any other breed of pet.

Of course there are stats that can prove this wrong. I haven't lived in Auburn since '99 so I can't tell you the ratio of pit bull attacks to other breeds of attacks. Although it's up to the owners responsibility to make sure these types of injuries do not happen, because when they do excuses don't explain and explanations never excuse.
Portnoy

Lincoln, NE

#4 Dec 4, 2007
one problem with pit bull ownership is that many people that have meth labs (or other illegal stuff) get "guard dogs" to place around their area. not all guard dog owners are doing illegal stuff, but nearly all meth labs have guard dogs around them.

a pit bull is a pretty sure bet of illegal activity.

Since: Nov 07

Auburn, Nebraska

#5 Dec 4, 2007
Please, my best friend owns a pit bull, the most gentle, delightful dog I've seen in a long time. He is certainly not engaging in any illegal activity. This is just another example of the City sticking their nose in where it doesn't belong. They heard that there was a pit bull attack in Alta Mira in 1986 and immediately thought it would be prudent to ban them in Auburn. Maybe they should look at the statistics of what we humans are capable of doing to each other, and ban us instead.

“Equal Beginnings Not Outcomes ”

Since: Aug 07

~Merry Christmas~

#6 Dec 4, 2007
The Common Sense Doctor wrote:
Please, my best friend owns a pit bull, the most gentle, delightful dog I've seen in a long time. He is certainly not engaging in any illegal activity. This is just another example of the City sticking their nose in where it doesn't belong. They heard that there was a pit bull attack in Alta Mira in 1986 and immediately thought it would be prudent to ban them in Auburn. Maybe they should look at the statistics of what we humans are capable of doing to each other, and ban us instead.
Although I don't agree with parallel that pit bulls are only harbored by person(s) practicing illegal activities.

Don't set there and act like you are oblivious to the notion that pit bulls are aggressive breeds of dog in relation to human pet injuries.

Sometimes I think you just love to get things going ;-)..
Konstantine

Council Bluffs, IA

#7 Dec 4, 2007
One of my friends raises pit bulls, and when she first told me about this, I was a little worried, mostly because I believed in the stereo-typical "a pit bull is going to rip my face off even if I just breath in its general direction" belief. I was wrong. Her pit bulls were the nicest, sweetest dogs you could ask for. Yes I do realize that in the WRONG circumstance, pit bulls can be a violent and agrressive dog, and that is because that is how they were raised. Any violent person can take the sweetest breed of dog on the planet and turn it into a violent pyschopath. Humans and dogs are products of their environment.

Since: Nov 07

Auburn, Nebraska

#8 Dec 4, 2007
A dog reacts to the world the way it was trained to react to the world. Saying that pit bulls are inherently dangerous is incorrect at best. They are no more danerous than a doberman or rotty or any other guard breed. It's in the way they are raised. I could train a yorkie to rip a persons throat out, but that doesn't make all yorkies dangerous. So, I guess that makes me oblivious, apparently.
Auburn Citizen

United States

#9 Dec 4, 2007
Common Sense: You and others are once again talking my type of language. Auburn does not have pit bulls running the streets. Instead, I see other dogs running loose. We DO NOT have a PIT BULL problem in Auburn, although to hear some city council people we do.
Yesterday, I heard about cars in somebody's yard and that the neighbor complained about said cars. I seem to remember somebody in city council stating plainly that they were against setting an ordinance due to one person/one house/one problem. The same can be said in this instance.
We have other major issues at stake in Auburn: Like I previously said, owners allowing their dogs to run loose in town. Animal abuse by the owners. Animals left out in all kind of weather tied to a tree or other item and left with no food, no water, no shelter. The last I checked, we also lack an animal officer or proper shelter for the animals that are caught. So folks, if there is an ordinance passed, who is going to enforce it? I know of a couple of very bad and very mean dogs in town that are tied outside constantly, but none of them are pits.
I do not know of may in Auburn that own the pits, but they should unite and stand together at city hall and express their opinions before it is too late.

Since: Nov 07

Auburn, Nebraska

#10 Dec 4, 2007
I say, everyone who owns a pit bull should congregate outside the City Hall before the meeting WITH their dogs. Let the council see that people are tired of the nonsense.
Doomed

Sutton, NE

#11 Dec 4, 2007
Auburn citizen, I guess you are not aware of the pit bulls that are across from legion park to the north. Three, in a kennel, and one of them has got loose and attacked. I know not just pit bulls attack, this certain one has, the police know of the attack. Blaser was called to the report, so it probably did not get recorded! luckily this was another dog walking with his owner, and not a child across the street at the park. They have had plenty of complaints on this residence, let alone the non stop barking of the dogs! Something needs to be done. Why do you want 3 pitbulls in a small kennel?
Rossana Dana

Louisville, NE

#12 Dec 4, 2007
Nobody really knows what type of temperment a dog will have until it is fully grown. I know of a dog (non-pitbull) that had a very loving upbringing but it was so protective of it's owner that it bit people that would come around. The owner had to put him down in fear that it would harm his grandchildren. This goes to show you that even in the best of environments, dogs can be brutal. My problem with pitbulls is that their bite is so dangerous. They have the strongest bite of any dog. They bite deep and strong and even break bones with their bite. When they bite, they mean business. My point is: You really never know when any breed of dog could harm a person or another animal so therefore, why would anyone risk the chance with a pit bull? You pit bull owners out there know that if your pit bull bites, chances are there will be serious injury. Why risk it? It aggrivates me to see people with pit bulls who have children. Children can be rough, loud, and irritating to dogs. Do you know when it is a puppy that it won't get pissed off someday when it gets a little older? Do you really have that much trust in an animal or yourself for raising it so well? There are pit bulls so close to our family farm that we can't go there without guns anymore. They have surrounded the vehicle like they can't wait to take a bite out of one of us. Is this due to the owners? I don't know. Do any of us know what a dog will be like when it if full grown?
Rossana Dana

Louisville, NE

#13 Dec 4, 2007
The Common Sense Doctor wrote:
A dog reacts to the world the way it was trained to react to the world. Saying that pit bulls are inherently dangerous is incorrect at best. They are no more danerous than a doberman or rotty or any other guard breed. It's in the way they are raised. I could train a yorkie to rip a persons throat out, but that doesn't make all yorkies dangerous. So, I guess that makes me oblivious, apparently.
But is a yorkie going to break bones and rip the flesh from a human like a pit bull? I don't think so. Yes, a yorkie could be mean but I doubt it could be mean enough to kill.
no name

Lincoln, NE

#14 Dec 4, 2007
Rossana Dana wrote:
Nobody really knows what type of temperment a dog will have until it is fully grown. I know of a dog (non-pitbull) that had a very loving upbringing but it was so protective of it's owner that it bit people that would come around. The owner had to put him down in fear that it would harm his grandchildren. This goes to show you that even in the best of environments, dogs can be brutal. My problem with pitbulls is that their bite is so dangerous. They have the strongest bite of any dog. They bite deep and strong and even break bones with their bite. When they bite, they mean business. My point is: You really never know when any breed of dog could harm a person or another animal so therefore, why would anyone risk the chance with a pit bull? You pit bull owners out there know that if your pit bull bites, chances are there will be serious injury. Why risk it? It aggrivates me to see people with pit bulls who have children. Children can be rough, loud, and irritating to dogs. Do you know when it is a puppy that it won't get pissed off someday when it gets a little older? Do you really have that much trust in an animal or yourself for raising it so well? There are pit bulls so close to our family farm that we can't go there without guns anymore. They have surrounded the vehicle like they can't wait to take a bite out of one of us. Is this due to the owners? I don't know. Do any of us know what a dog will be like when it if full grown?
I agree. I have seen some very gentle pit bulls, but as you said we don't know what any animals capacity for violence is, and even the best dog can attack, maybe just to protect a perceived threat to their owner, but most dog attacks will not be lethal, unfortuntly at pit attack can be lethal do to their physical make up. I also cringe when I see them around small kids. I don't really know if Auburn has a problem with dog attacks, but my personal opinion is I would rather be safe than sorry. I do also agree with other posts that the unleashed dogs in town are a great problem, and there is no real recourse, since we don't have an animal control officer.

Since: Aug 07

Auburn

#15 Dec 4, 2007
sadly enough, i agree with CSD, the dog's temperament is all based on how the owner trains it...whether its a pit bull (though they are ugly) or a chow, people have this idea that pit bulls and chow are naturally bad dogs...well, we had a chow and it only bit someone once, and that was because the girl was jumping on his head, otherwise he was an excellent dog, people just dont train their dogs so they end up going on instinct and it just turns out bad, thats all
Scrappy

United States

#16 Dec 4, 2007
I have a pitbull and 4 other dogs and its more loving than they are its the people that raise them and how they rais them im sorry but this dog would lick you to death but then he might be setting you up to bit you in the throat SO WHAY DO YOU DO damn if you do damn if you dont.

Since: Nov 07

Auburn, Nebraska

#17 Dec 4, 2007
Doomed wrote:
Auburn citizen, I guess you are not aware of the pit bulls that are across from legion park to the north. Three, in a kennel, and one of them has got loose and attacked. I know not just pit bulls attack, this certain one has, the police know of the attack. Blaser was called to the report, so it probably did not get recorded! luckily this was another dog walking with his owner, and not a child across the street at the park. They have had plenty of complaints on this residence, let alone the non stop barking of the dogs! Something needs to be done. Why do you want 3 pitbulls in a small kennel?
We have discussed these dogs before. They are NOT pits. They are American Bulldogs. They are wonderful dogs, but are probably on the city's hit list.
concerned citizen

York, NE

#18 Dec 4, 2007
Ok- here is the first part of the proposed ordinance. I think there are more important issues to do something about, but this is an item that seems important to the city council and mayor at this time. I think there needs to be an animal control officer in place to help enforce. If animals are running freely or not being cared for properly or whatever needs to be addressed to make the majority of the community feel better and safer. This reference point for this ordinance is Marysville, Kansas. As far as pit bulls attacking/biting a person here in Auburn, there is no recorded incident. There are (according to the police) about 40 + pit bulls in the area. Due to lack of proper licensing- they are not sure. I have heard of an incident where another dog was attacked by a pit bull here locally. Supposedly, the dog was taken to Iowa and put down- but they think it is still alive and here. I am not opposed to this animal being euthanized due to the violent history. I was bit here recently(not by my own dog) and it wasn't a pit bull. It was bad enough that I went to the ER. I am going to go back and say that there are more important issues that need to be addressed. Who knows- pretty soon they may want to ban all dogs. Gotta love the government.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF AUBURN, NEMAHA COUNTY, NEBRASKA, ADDING SECTION 6-212 THROUGH 6-225 TO THE MUNICIPAL CODE TO PROHIBIT THE KEEPING OF PIT BULL DOGS WITHIN THE CITY LIMITS OF THE CITY OF AUBURN; PROVIDING FOR THE REGISTRATION OF PIT BULL DOGS AS OF THE DATE OF THIS ORDINANCE; PROVIDING FOR REQUIREMENTS FOR REGISTERED PIT BULL DOGS; TO REPEAL CONFLICTING ORDINANCES AND SECTIONS; TO PROVIDE FOR AN EFFECTIVE DATE.
§6-212 PIT BULLS; KEEPING PROHIBITED. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, orn, or in anyway possess within the corporate limits of the City of Auburn, Nebraska:

(a) Any pit bull dog; provided, that pit bull dogs registered with the City on the
date of publication of this ordinance may be kept within the City subject to the standards and requirements set forth in the provisions of this Article.“Pit bull dog” is defined to mean:
(1) The Staffordshire bull terrier bread of dog;
(2) The American Pit bull terrier breed of dog;
(3) The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
(4) Any dog being of the breed of Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, or any combination thereof, or any dog with any percent (%) of any of the above breeds.
2 more cents worth

Sauk Rapids, MN

#19 Dec 5, 2007
Sounds like the ordinance Falls City passed. I believe they have the Mastif breed in theirs also. May want to check with the council as they changed theirs after enough complaints from concerned dog owners.
Portnoy

Lincoln, NE

#20 Dec 5, 2007
The Common Sense Doctor wrote:
A dog reacts to the world the way it was trained to react to the world. Saying that pit bulls are inherently dangerous is incorrect at best. They are no more danerous than a doberman or rotty or any other guard breed. It's in the way they are raised. I could train a yorkie to rip a persons throat out, but that doesn't make all yorkies dangerous. So, I guess that makes me oblivious, apparently.
Nope. Nope, you're dead wrong on this one. Pit bulls ARE inherently dangerous; that is exactly why they were bred. They were bred for strength and aggression, and they were bred to fight and kill prey.

They can go off quite unpredictably, and it takes an odd personality to risk owning one.

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