It was "placed on file" which means "tabled." Effectively the proposed ordinance is dead, although the issues it addressed can always be revisited through a future proposal.
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Madison City Channel Media File of the meeting:
Madison Alders who OPPOSED Breed Discrimination:
Hopefully all future efforts for animal related legislation will start off by seeking to leverage the deep expertise & love of those that are working on these issues day in and day out. "
I am particularly concerned about the enforcement of this law. Given the low level of staffing of the city's animal control unit, I think that it is highly unlikely that the ordinance would be enforced in a uniform and timely manner. This leads to "discretionary enforcement" which is unfair and often enforced in a discriminatory manner.
I've knocked on thousands of doors and have been confronted loudly and at times aggressively by all kinds of dogs. A lunging german shepard is easily as terrifying and I assume, dangerous, as a pit bull or any other kind of dog.
As a result of the substantial and vocal opposition to this measure, the author of the bill is seeking further discussions with many individual and organizations such as the Dane County Humane Society that oppose the measure.
However, if the proposal comes before the council in anything like its current form I will vote against it."
Thanks for sharing your opposition,
Madison Alders Who Supported Breed Discrimination
The data from cities around the nation supports this result. I have seen the data. Our animal control officers are in direct contact with cities that have successfully reduced the pit population in the shelter system to the benefit of the dogs and the community. This really does work."
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