St. Paul, Minnesota (dated October 30,1998) (Special thanks to John, Joe and Sonnet for making all of the following available )

City Council wants to tighten Dangerous Dog Laws

St. Paul, Minnesota:

On October 28, the City Council held a public meeting to consider tightening the Dangerous Dog ordinance in the city. According to reports from an aid here is what took place.

The actual proposed change is to enact a pilot program for tracking dangerous dogs.

The way it was explained is that there would be a $75 fee charged to the owner of any dog who was deemed dangerous by the animal control people. This would be a way of tracking dangerous animals and notifying people should a dangerous dog be moved into their neighborhood. It was explained that it would work on the same premise as the sex offender registration law that is currently in effect.

Being that it would be a pilot program, it was stated that it would only cover the first 20 dogs deemed dangerous under the existing ordinance (city ordinance # 200). When asked if it would, at any point, mention a specific breed, it was stated that they could not single out specific breeds under the current ordinance. (that is not addressed in the actual ordinance)

It was further stated that it was more of an effort to make people responsible for their pets and for the safety of the community. He/she also stated that the third reading was the public hearing and that the issue is now closed to debate from the public.

According to my source.."The only thing we could do now would be to lobby the respective council members to change their votes. Seeing that all 6 present voted for the proposal, that would be a tall order in only 5 days. We should be more aware of what is going on in our council as this one almost slipped through unnoticed."
The following Council member say the dog problem has grown worse. :

    City Councilmember Jerry Blakey
    Ward 1, Room 310-A
    City Hall
    St. Paul, MN 55102
    Tel. 651-266-8610
    Fax. 651-266-8574

    City Councilmember Jay Benanav (Mr.)
    Ward 4, Room 310-D
    City Hall
    Saint Paul, MN 55102
    Tel. 651-266-8640
    Fax. 651-266-8574
The only opposition expressed was by owners of American Staffordshire terriers, which are often called pit bulls, and the owner of a Rottweiler.

The next meeting of the St. Paul City Council is scheduled for
    November 4, 3:30 - 5:00 at the council chambers.
    Public hearings are scheduled on the same day from 5:30 to 6:30 pm.
    They are located at:
      City Council Chambers, 3rd Floor City Hall and Court House
      15 W. Kellogg Blvd.
      St. Paul, MN