Independence, MO pit bull law

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Postby cheekymunkee » July 4th, 2008, 1:07 am

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...Two summers ago, residents and community leaders struggled to agree on public policy concerning pets. At that time, though, the conversation almost exclusively was driven by dogs.

The May 2006 attack by three pit bulls on three men in Independence prompted a long, sometimes emotional dialogue about dogs that were considered dangerous, such as pit bulls.

Many residents addressed the council, some defending the breed, while like-minded supporters stood outside with their pit bulls on leashes. Others, including Connie Hill, wife of Alan Hill, who suffered severe injuries in the 2006 attack, advocated greater regulation of the animals.

Ultimately, council members approved an ordinance prohibiting new pit bulls in the city, but allowing those dogs already owned within city limits to stay, subject to several conditions.

Larry Jones, Independence health director, said the city¬Ęs pit bull regulations had proved effective. Still, not everyone has appreciated the increased city regulation. A 2007 citizen survey indicated that resident satisfaction with animal control dropped 10 percentage points, to 43 percent, from 2004 to 2006. ... 87050.html

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