An alert was issued for Mexico, Missouri back in July 2010 (included below today's article). Looks like after a very thorough review by the Animal Code Review Committee, city officials have decided to steer clear of breed specific legislation!
The new ordinance will appear on the March 14, 2011 meeting agenda. ~ Jodi
Work session regarding animal control precedes regular council meeting
By Janeen Sims
GateHouse News Service
Posted Mar 01, 2011 @ 11:48 AM
Mexico, Mo. —
Mexico City Council members held a work session at 6 p.m. Monday, prior to the regular session at 7.
The work session was to invite council comment and public comment regarding the proposed animal control ordinance.
The Animal Code Review Committee presented a review of the final draft of the ordinance and members’ recommendation to the city council. A powerpoint presentation was conducted by Sarah Williams, president of the Audrain Humane Society Board, regarding animal care and control.
Mexico Animal Review Board was formed by the council to review the current animal control ordinance. The board consisted of seven members: Mayor Ron Loesch, city of Mexico; Williams, Audrain Humane Society Board; Dr. Kristi Williams, Mexico Animal Shelter Advisory Board; Brandi Myers, Audrain City-County Health Unit; Dr. Richard Schmidtke, veterinarian; Chief Susan Rockett, Public Safety and the late Walter Staley, pit bull owner.
The board met six times during the period from June 2010 to February 2011. Proposed changes in the ordinance are:
• Section 3-1. Additional definitions have been added to help clarify enforcement; and
• Section 3-5. A better explanation of the number or total quantity of (4) common household pets allowed at one residential dwelling to include (4) dogs or (4) cats or a combination thereof over 4 months of age; and
• Section 3-7. Restraint, Tethering or Chaining of Dogs has been added and state would be unlawful for a person to restrain a dog with a chain or tether unless the person is holding the chain or tether. This portion of the ordinance would become effective one year after passage of the ordinance; and
• Section 3-18. Sale of animals has been added and state that it shall be unlawful for any person to sell, trade ... any animal on any parking lot, right-of-way, roadside, flea market, etc. Williams pointed out this addition will prevent selling or giving away unhealthy animals.
• Section 3-20. Dangerous dogs has been revised to include violations that can be enforced to protect the public and the dog.
Penalties for violations are: first offense, $25 minimum, $500 maximum; second offense, $50 minimum, $500 maximum and microchip; third offense, $75 minimum, $500 maximum and microchip and animal must be spayed or neutered; fourth offense, $100 minimum, $500 maximum and microchip and animal must be spayed or neutered; fifth/successive, $150, $500 maximum, minimum and seizure; failure to comply with a written order, $100 minimum, $500 maximum. Violations accumulate per owner, not per animal. No impounded animal may be redeemed until all penalties are paid in full. In addition to fines, the municipal judge may require restitution for damages and/or training for the owner/animal.
Williams emphasized the focus is to promote responsible pet ownership.
The new ordinance was given first reading by title only and will appear on the March 14 meeting agenda.
http://www.mexicoledger.com/topstories/ ... il-meeting
Animal Control Board discusses breed-specific legislation statistics
By Wes Duplantier, Ledger Intern
The Mexico Ledger
Posted Jul 28, 2010 @ 11:54 AM
Mexico, Mo. —
The city’s Animal Control Review Board heard statistics on dog bite cases within the city and a presentation on breed-specific legislation Monday during its second meeting of the summer.
The board is tasked with reviewing the city’s animal control ordinances and presenting the city council with suggestions of possible changes. City Manager Todd Thompson has said the board will meet three or four times during the summer.
On Monday, the ten-member panel received information about the potential downsides of breed-specific legislation – laws that ban or call for restrictions on dogs only of certain breeds.
Discuss Breed Specific Legislation and local county laws on pit bull ownership.
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