URGENT

thanks to Ken Guilmetter for getting this to me

NEWPORT, RHODE ISLAND: January 8th the city council is going to be reviewing a BAN on all pit bulls!!!!

Since time is of the essence I will not be able to get the proposal typed up here...but here is the 'gist' of it.
This will include "any person who owns, possesses, keeps, exercises control over, maintains, harbors, transports or sells an animal." and it defines 'pit bulls' as "any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or any dog displaying the majority of the phyusical trait of any on (1) or more of the above breeds or any dogs exhibiting those distinquishing characteristics wich substantially conform to the standard established....." If you own one and want to keep it, you will need to comply with a fee of $50.00, rabies certificate and VERY restrictive enclosure requirements, spaying/nuetering of the animal and there are even provisions if the animal should have puppies...must be removed from city no later than 8 weeks or destroyed and maintain a minimum $100.000.00 insurance on dog and tattoo for ID purposes.

If you plan on traveling through the city you must require permission in advance and maintain dog in specific type of enclosures...also is required if you plan on attendding a dog show within the city. This is just brief synopsis...following is a list of contacts...
TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE SO PLEASE RESPOND BY FAX OR PHONE AND FOLLOW-UP WITH LETTER!!!

CONTACTS ARE:

MAYOR: DAVID S. GORDON
FAX # (401) 848-5750 (ATT: Mayor Gordon)
FAX# (401) 245-2510 CITY HALL MAIN FAX
voice (401) 846-9600
City of Newport
City Hall- 43 Broadway
Newport, RI 02840

COUNCIL MEMBERS:
Warren S. Gray, Vice-Chair
Laurice Pl Shaw (Ward 1)
James W. Baccare (ward 2)
Dennis McCoy (3)
Kathryn Leonard (ward 4)
Richard Sardella (ward 5)

I am working on getting phone numbers adn possible faxes for the above..if you have any additional information Please contact me ASAP..jan cooper