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Postby heather » Fri Nov 02, 2007 3:02 pm

Lynn, Massachusetts

City Clerk
Mary Audley
(781) 598-4000
maudley@ci.lynn. ma.us


Mayor Edward Clancy, Jr.
Phone: 781-598-4000
Fax: 781-599-8875

James Marsh
Mayor Chief of Staff
jmarsh@ci.lynn. ma.us


City Solicitor
Michael Barry, Esquire
(781) 598-4000 x 6843
FAX: (781) 477-7043
kbelliveau@ci. lynn.ma.us


LYNN CITY COUNCIL

Name Phone Address
Paul T. Crowley 781 593-4700 86 Holyoke Street, Lynn MA 01905
Loretta Cuffe-O'Donnell 781 599-1450 11 Lake Avenue, Lynn MA 01902
Charles T. O'Brien 781 581-5175 153 Marianna Street, Lynn MA 01902
John Timothy Phelan 781 592-0894 2 Meghans Way, Lynn MA 01904


Name Phone Address
Wayne A. Lozzi (Ward 1) 595-2389 335 Den Quarry Road, Lynn, MA 01904
William R. Trahant, Jr. (Ward 2) 592-7463 215 Verona Street, Lynn, MA 01904
Darren P. Cyr (Ward 3) 598-3601 50 Morton Hill Avenue, Lynn, MA 01902
Richard C. Colucci (Ward 4) 595-3048 265 Ocean Street, Lynn, MA 01902
Paula M. Mackin (Ward 5) 595-2041 57 Woodlawn Street, Lynn, MA 01904
Peter L. Capano (Ward 6) 598-4187 101 Alley Street Lynn, MA 01905
Richard J. Ford (Ward 7) 581-9581 9 Florence Street, Lynn, MA 01905


**All e-mail correspondence to the city council should be sent to:
tyoung@ci.lynn. ma.us


Phelan eyes Lynn pit bull ban
By Robin Kaminski / The Daily Item

LYNN - City Council President Timothy Phelan said last week's brutal dog attack has stirred up a range of emotions and has resurrected the debate on a possible pit bull ban in Lynn.

Phelan said he met with City Solicitor Michael Barry and Animal Control Officer Kevin Farnsworth on Thursday and plans to meet with members of the police and the City Council next week to strategize ways to either ban the particular breed, or enforce stricter muzzle laws for safety measures.

In addition, Phelan said he requested a list of dog attacks in the city during the last five years from Farnsworth to look at the matter in further detail.

"We are going to aggressively pursue ways to increase fines, change ordinances and also attempt to ban pit bulls from the city," he said. "Right now it's in the hands of the law department to make sure whatever we do is bulletproof so to speak."

Phelan said he plans to take a look at decisions made in Lynn District Court regarding cases involving pit bulls in order to comply with the court system.

"I'm sure the majority of people who own pit bulls in the city are not trying to hurt people," he said. "Some people say it's the dog that's the problem and some say it's the owner, so we'll have to have a number of public hearings on the issue as we move forward over the next two to three months."


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Postby heather » Fri Jan 18, 2008 6:52 pm

Please send your polite and respectful opposition to breed specific legislation to the Lynn city officials listed below.

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Mayor Edward Clancy, Jr.
3 City Hall Square
City Hall - Room 306
Lynn, MA 01901
Phone: 781-598-4000
Fax: 781-599-8875

City Clerk
Mary Audley
maudley@ci.lynn. ma.us
(781) 598-4000


Councilors-At- Large
Name Phone Address
Paul T. Crowley 781 593-4700 86 Holyoke Street, Lynn MA 01905
Loretta Cuffe-O'Donnell 781 599-1450 11 Lake Avenue, Lynn MA 01902
Charles T. O'Brien 781 581-5175 153 Marianna Street, Lynn MA 01902
John Timothy Phelan 781 592-0894 2 Meghans Way, Lynn MA 01904


Ward Councilors
Name Phone Address
Wayne A. Lozzi (Ward 1) 595-2389 335 Den Quarry Road, Lynn, MA 01904
William R. Trahant, Jr. (Ward 2) 592-7463 215 Verona Street, Lynn, MA 01904
Darren P. Cyr (Ward 3) 598-3601 50 Morton Hill Avenue, Lynn, MA 01902
Richard C. Colucci (Ward 4) 595-3048 265 Ocean Street, Lynn, MA 01902
Paula M. Mackin (Ward 5) 595-2041 57 Woodlawn Street, Lynn, MA 01904
Peter L. Capano (Ward 6) 598-4187 101 Alley Street Lynn, MA 01905
Richard J. Ford (Ward 7) 581-9581 9 Florence Street, Lynn, MA 01905





Another Lynn dog attack has Phelan talking action
By Robin Kaminski / The Daily Item

LYNN - In the wake of another dog attack in the city, Council President Tim Phelan said he and city officials are currently examining an increase in fines for unleashed dogs and whether a "Pit Bull ban" is a feasible option to protect residents from unruly animals.

Presently, the fine for having an unleashed dog in the city is $25, and each subsequent offense is $50.

While Phelan said he wasn't sure of the exact amount that the fine might be raised to, it would most likely be notably increased as early as this week.

"We're waiting for legal interpretations from the law department that should be ready this week," he said. "But we are definitely still moving forward on this matter."

Phelan said the council also plans to reach out to city postal carriers to identify any unleashed or unruly dogs while they are on their rounds in local neighborhoods.

"All options are on the table including revisiting a possible pit bull ban," Phelan said. "Nothing has changed and the possibility of a ban and the possibility for increased fines are still alive and kicking."

In addition, Phelan previously said that he plans to take a look at records of Pit Bull attacks that have taken place over the past five years to garner added information.

The most recent dog attack took place on Monday, where a teenager was bitten around 8 p.m. at 17 Ocean Terrace.

According to a police report, the victim and his brother were visiting friends at the apartment, where the Pit Bull, Buddy, reportedly attacked.

The victim apparently suffered a facial wound beneath his eye and was administered 25-30 stitches at a local hospital.


Animal Control Officer Kevin Farnsworth said the incident is still under investigation and did not release the dog owner's name or further information.

Aside from Monday's incident, two dog attacks in the city in last October have prompted city officials to tighten laws to protect residents.

Shoemaker school teacher and Lynn resident Julie Potter was violently attacked Oct. 17 while out for a jog on Lynnfield Street, after the mixed breed pit bull escaped from its leash and bit her on her arms and legs.

The owner, Robin Edwards of 407 Lynnfield St., surrendered the dog, Shadow, to Farnsworth and it was euthanized.

The second incident involved Lynn resident Claire Butcher and her neighbor's Pekingese dog on Oct. 22 near 252 Broadway. The dog has its eye torn out from its socket by a Terrier/American Pit Bull that was off of its leash.

The owner of the dog, Ashley Lupoli of 252A Broadway appealed a Magistrate's decision to have the dog euthanized, but it was later put down.

Deputy Police Chief Kevin Coppinger said any dog could be deemed a public safety threat if allowed to roam at its leisure.

"The bottom line is that if people took the time to put their dogs on a leash, and kept their animals under control, these incidents would not have occurred."

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Wayne LozziInsurance plan urged to control vicious dogs in Lynn


By Robin Kaminski/The Daily Item

LYNN - In an effort to protect residents and visitors to the city from vicious dogs, Ward 1 City Councilor Wayne Lozzi is proposing that landlords take out a $100,000 liability policy for tenants in possession of violent animals.

Lozzi said the proposed amendment is a proactive approach to potentially control fierce dogs, instead of waiting for an animal to bite an unsuspecting person.

“This will basically make people more aware of vicious dogs that live in our city,” he said. “Legally it’s tough to ban a specific breed of dog, but this would address any vicious dog.”

Lozzi said the amendment, which was given the go-ahead by the city law department, would also be another tool for Animal Control Officer Kevin Farnsworth to work with.

“We really could use more help for the dog officer since he is the only one in the city but, short of that, this amendment would help him cite the owners of vicious dogs,” he said. “I asked for a much higher amount of $250,000 and to increase the fines as well.”

Lozzi said the proposed amendment would most likely make its way to the Ordinance Committee in May and then to the City Council for a public hearing. Farnsworth predicted that once a dog is actually deemed vicious, the pet owner would probably have a tough time insuring the animal.

“How many insurance companies would let a person take out a policy on a vicious dog,” he asked. “I think people are going to think twice before they get a dog like that, or landlords are going to require tenants with vicious dogs to pay a certain amount more to pay for the policy.”

Farnsworth said dogs are deemed vicious after a complaint is received about a particular dog, and a hearing is held at the Lynn Police Department to determine if the animal is in fact a threat.

“After that, the dog can either be banned from the city or ordered destroyed,” he said. “So if a dog is vicious, a $100,000 policy is not going to solve the problem, but ordering the dog to be muzzled would. That way people would be able to tell if a dog is a danger and to stay away.”
Ultimately, Farnsworth said the city needs an ordinance that just plain works and is realistic.

“The majority of problems we have had with dog bites, the owner ends up not having a policy,” he said. “And you can’t get blood from a stone. So if this works, then excellent.”

Acknowledging that the amendment could be difficult to enforce, Phelan said the goal would be to put some of the liability on the landlord.

“We would also require that the city of Lynn be listed as a co-policy holder so that we would be notified if the policy was canceled,” Phelan said. “Now it’s going to be up to the landlords to be aware of what is going on at their properties, because right now they don’t care.”

Lozzi said although several brutal dog attacks in the city have involved pit bulls in the past, he said it’s more important to not just target one breed, but all breeds in order to protect residents of the city.


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