6/20/06
There is a meeting tonight but rumor has it there will be no public comment.
Meeting Agenda


6/19/06

An official proposal will be introduced to the full council, an it looks positive at this point for us. The Rules and Public Policy Committee will hold a hearing (possibly in July)which could be followed by a vote.
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6/2/2006
From the Indy Pit Crew
(Quick Email addys at the bottom of this letter)
As many of you know, due to a recent tragic dog bite incident, the leaders of
Indianapolis and Marion County are considering Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) focusing
on pit bulls and pit bull type dogs. BSL calls for extreme restrictions
or outright bans on the dog of choice.


BSL doesn't work. Many other communities have tried and it has failed. What Indianapolis really needs is a comprehensive "dangerous" or "vicious" dog law requiring
swift and full compliance with regulations as soon as a dog is considered a threat to
human safety. Illinois has enacted such a law with great success.
For more information on that click here:

http://www.cookctyclerk.com/html/012204orddoc.htm

I am writing to ask you all to please contact your city/county councilor and all
appropriate government officials to express your opinion about this issue. The most
important thing we can do is educate the powers that be. People who don't own pit bulls
or work with pit bulls have learned all they know from the overly-sensational media.
Please don't fault the Mayor and his office just yet. We need to get the information
out there and available for the general public and politicians so they have
the opportunity to learn what we all already know. If we make a statement,
hopefully we can accomplish what we really need to do which is enact a law that applies
to all breeds and severely punishes the irresponsible people who permit their dogs
to be a danger to society. Nobody gets a dog by accident. It is a conscious choice.
People need to be held responsible for their bad choices. To contact your city officials, click here:

http://www.indygov.org/eGov/Council/Councillors/home.htm

If you look at the left hand margin, you will find "Who's My Councilor". Click on this
and you will be prompted to enter your address. After entering your address,
you will be provided with a listing of your local area representatives.

Don't know what to say about BSL? Here are some ideas:

-- Banning one specific breed gives the community a false sense of security. Dogs of all
breeds can be vicious if not properly trained. This is an injustice to the people
who have been attacked by other breeds of dogs.

--If pit bulls are banned, the thugs, gangs and dog fighters will just switch to another
breed. The "mean" breed of choice cycles every few years. Get rid of pit bulls and
there will be another breed to take their place.

--Punish the deed, not the breed. In other words, don't punish the animals for what is
actually the fault of irresponsible, careless or criminal people.

--Pit bulls are commonly misidentified. At this point the public is so terrified that
any dog with short hair is considered a pit bull. There is no genetic testing to
identify pit bulls. Who is going to decide? The people with Labradors better watch
out because they are commonly mistaken for pit bulls.

--The cost of enforcing a pit bull ban is enormous. Our city is already understaffed
with law enforcement officers. Where will the additional officers be found? Who is going
to round up all of the pit bulls and who is going to pay for it?

--BSL takes time and money away from more important safety issues. Approximately 10 dog
bite fatalities occur each year in our country (not all pit bull related) while 42,000
people die each year in car accidents. Each year, nearly 30,000 people are killed by guns.

What to do instead of BSL?

--Implement a comprehensive dangerous dog law that covers all breeds of dogs. This is
the only way to keep the public safe.

--Have a community wide crack down on dog fighting. IT DOES HAPPEN IN OUR CITY. IT IS
THE MAIN REASON SO MANY PEOPLE ARE DRAWN TO THE BREED. Image enhancement is a driving
force behind the pit bull population explosion. Arrest the dog fighters and the allure
will disappear along with the over population problem.

--Dogs that are tethered or chained are nearly 3 times more likely to bite than dogs that
are not tethered. Given the choice of fight or flight, dogs will often choose flight.
If they cannot flee a situation they perceive as threatening, they have no
choice but to fight. An anti-tethering ordinance will take care of that.

--Zero tolerance for offenders. If a person is found to own a dangerous dog, that person
should be subjected to stiff fines and jail time. People will learn by example.

--Do not permit felons or past offenders to own or keep dogs. Period.

--Pit bulls score better in national temperament testing than Collies, Dalmatians,
Schnauzers and many other popular dogs. http://www.atts.org/index.html

--Don't let the thugs, drug dealers, gang bangers, and generally irresponsible people
dictate public policy.

These are just some general ideas...a jumping off point. I am sure you all have many
more ideas. WHATEVER YOU DO, PLEASE TAKE A MOMENT TO CONTACT YOUR PUBLIC OFFICIALS TO LET
THEM KNOW WHAT YOU THINK. Please share this with others and ask them to do the same.

Thank you,
Stacey Coleman
Indy Pit Crew

Clerk of the Council Jean Ann Milharcic
jmilharc@indygov.org

Lincoln Plowman Phone: 557-7594
Dr. Philip Borst Phone: 327-4242
Bob Cockrum Phone: 856-5549
N. Susie Day Phone: 787-2417
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