February 28th update: The Legislative Committee is tentatively scheduled to discuss BSL at their meeting March 15, 2007, at 7:00 pm

At the last meeting the City Attorney was instructed to draft a proposal based on what they spoke about (see below...yikes) and submit to them a formal proposal for approval.

Please send alternatives to BSL to the Council!!!

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Municipal Building
Council Chambers
115 West Pleasant Street

Portage, WI 53901
This city is considering a review of their current dog ordinance. A local police officer spoke out at recent city council meeting indicating his concern that Portage will become the 'dumping' ground for those dogs now banned/restricted in other areas in the state. He cited Milwaukee as having an ordinance that might be used as an example for Portage. Needless to say, Milwaukee's ordinance reads as follows:
21. PIT BULL means any dog which is one-half or more American staffordshire terrier, staffordshire terrier, American pit bull terrier, miniature bull terrier or staffordshire bull terrier.
23. ROTTWEILER means any dog which is one-half or more rottweiler.
78-22. Pit-Bull and Rottweiler Dogs. The owner of any pit bull dog, as defined in s. 78-1- 21, or any rottweiler dog, as defined in s. 78-1- 23, shall comply with all of the following:

1. While leashed, the leash shall be held by a person 16 years of age or older, who is competent to govern the animal. The leash may be held by a person younger than 16 years of age upon prior written approval of the department of neighborhood services or when shown in a sanctioned American Kennel Club show or other organized competition among trained owners and dogs. The written approval shall be carried by the person younger than age 16.

2. Have a yard or kennel area with a fence which the commissioner determines to be of sufficient height to contain the dog. The kennel area shall have a concrete floor. 3. Attend a minimum of one dog behavior or training class offered by a trainer recommended by the Wisconsin Humane Society or the Milwaukee Dog Training Club.