Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Where NOT to live in Wisconsin
I have been following the fantastic developments in Ohio with great interest. If you are a dog lover and have been under a rock for the last few weeks, here is the story. Ohio House Bill 14 passed and has been signed into law - ending the only state-wide breed discrimination in the United States.
We have had a lot of small successes in Wisconsin in the last couple of years. Dog lovers have come out in full force when Breed Specific Legislation was proposed in the following municipalities: Fond du Lac, Marinette, Waukesha, Cornell. and Sheboygan. Thankfully, all of these proposals were stopped dead in their tracks before they got out of the starting gate. A huge thank you to everyone who wrote an email, called a lawmaker, or attended a meeting. And a special thanks to our Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals volunteers who quickly rallied support from concerned citizens.
Many Wisconsin lawmakers still do not know that BSL is costly, ineffective and difficult to enforce. Wisconsin Voters for Companion Animals will remain committed to educating lawmakers as these situations arise.
Unfortunately, there are communities in Wisconsin that are not pit bull friendly (and other breeds) and already have BSL on the books. I have been doing some research into them and I am sure there are some that I am missing. Many of the small villages do not have their ordinances on line. So far, I have found the following and I would appreciate feedback on any that I might have missed. Click the links to take you to the ordinance.
Here are some of the towns, villages and cities with BSL:
City of Juneau, Dodge County, Wisconsin: Pit Bulls and Other Dangerous Animals
Village of Hewitt, Wood County, Wisconsin: - prohibits pit bull type dogs as well, as Rottweillers, Akitas and Chows
City of Milwaukee, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin: Chapter 78-22 of the City of Milwaukee Code of Ordinances places special requirements on owners of dogs that are one half or more American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Miniature Bull Terrier or Rottweiler.
Village of Waunakee, Dane County, Wisconsin: 3) No person shall own, harbor or keep within the village any dog of the breed Staffordshire terrier, or any other dog known as a pit bull terrier.
If you are thinking of relocating within our fair state, you might want to check local ordinances first. If you live in one of these towns and are interested in working on repealing the ordinance, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Maybe we can put our heads together and come up with a plan.
Here is a good resource from Best Friends Animal Society to get you started:
How To Prevent Breed Discrimination in Your Neighborhood