Missouri Contemplates Lifting Breed Bans

4 years 2 months 2 days ago Thursday, May 15 2014 May 15, 2014 Thursday, May 15, 2014 5:09:00 AM CDT May 15, 2014 in News
By: Meg McLeod, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

JEFFERSON CITY - New legislation could put a muzzle on Missouri cities being allowed to ban specific breeds of dogs. House Bill 1116/Senate Bill 865 would prohibit cities from enacting breed-specific legislation.

Ashland currently has a ban in place. The ordinance was enacted in October 1987 and states, "It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the city of Ashland, Missouri any pit bull dog." It goes on to state pit bull dogs include Staffordshire bull terriers, American pit bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, any dog mixed with one of those three breeds and any dog that appears to be mixed with one of those three breeds. 

This ban prevents some people from moving to Ashland including Cami Fick, the owner of two pit bulls, "They're my family, they're just like my other kids."

Fick said moving to Ashland would be more convenient for both her and her boyfriend's commutes. 

Ashland Police Chief Lyn Woolford said the ordinance was put in place for safety reasons, "It's a safety issue is what it is. People are fearful that they themselves, their neighbors, their children may be injured by the dogs," Woolford said.

Ashland is not the only city with such a policy. At least 64 other cities throughout Missouri have similar bans.

Ordinances like Ashland's do not only affect dog owners, though. The bans make adopting out bully breeds more difficult for rescues and shelters throughout the area. Central Missouri Humane Society employee Michell Casey said the rescue has a harder time finding homes for its bully breed dogs.

"That difficulty can be attributed to many different factors including breed restrictions, insurance and housing restrictions and just basic stigmas in the community about the breeds in general," Casey said.

If the state government puts a muzzle on breed-specific legislation, it could help rescuers help more dogs.

"There's no telling how much it could actually affect us," Casey said. "Obviously, the more communities that are open to these breeds, the more potential for adoption we have."

But Jefferson City resident Sarah Lueckenhoff said the state should not be able to decide for individual cities, "The cities should be able to decide that, it shouldn't be a state law because obviously different cities, different counties have different problems." 

Lueckenhoff said she worries about her children, "I don't want my kids to have to walk down the street coming home from school and worry about somebody's pit bull."

Lueckenhoff said she changed her running routine because of other areas without bans like Ashland's. Lueckenhoff used to run in Holts Summit, but that's since changed, "I would run and occassionally I would have these big dogs come at me."

The bill is currently waiting to be voted on.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A democratic candidate for Missouri's fourth congressional district criticized the Republican incumbent Tuesday for her lack of action... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:46:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia Chamber of Commerce harshly criticized the city council at Monday night's meeting regarding projects being put... More >>
1 hour ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 6:41:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Hy-Vee recalled its Spring Pasta Salad from 244 stores on Tuesday. Company officials said 20 illnesses by... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:54:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
MEXICO - Josh Hawley faced questions about President Donald Trump's summit with Russia as well as tariffs facing Missouri farmers... More >>
2 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 5:31:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
STURGEON - The carnival rides at the Boone County Fair closed unexpectedly just hours after the fair opened because they... More >>
5 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:49:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
BOONE COUNTY – Expecting mothers in Boone County will soon have more services at their disposal. The county received... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 2:16:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Grain Belt Express Clean Line, a proposed energy transmission project through northern Missouri, got new life... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:59:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
ASHLAND - A child identification program wants to help parents be as prepared as possible in the event that a... More >>
6 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 1:41:00 PM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Nineteen agencies received more than $115,000 in grant money Tuesday from the United Way of Central Missouri.... More >>
8 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:56:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Some people may notice their trash laying out on the curb for longer than usual on Tuesday. ... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 11:12:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLE COUNTY - A car chase which started in Cole County on Tuesday ended in Columbia with two arrests. ... More >>
9 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:22:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The group fighting a ballot measure that would make Missouri a right-to-work state has outraised its... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:17:30 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
KANSAS CITY (AP) — Authorities say two planes carrying more than 250 passengers made emergency landings at Kansas City International... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 10:11:34 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Police records related to the shooting death of Rovon Blocker suggest the incident appeared to be accidental. ... More >>
10 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:39:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
CALLAWAY COUNTY - Three Fulton men are in custody after being charged with stealing and drug offenses, in connection to... More >>
11 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:01:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
FULTON - A judge sentenced a man convicted of a dozen sex crimes, some involving children, to sixty years in... More >>
12 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 8:05:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - The United States is open to holding direct talks with the Taliban to encourage negotiations between the... More >>
15 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:30:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
WASHINGTON (AP) - A 29-year-old gun-rights activist served as a covert Russian agent while living in Washington, gathering intelligence on... More >>
16 hours ago Tuesday, July 17 2018 Jul 17, 2018 Tuesday, July 17, 2018 4:14:00 AM CDT July 17, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 83°
9pm 80°
10pm 78°
11pm 77°
12am 76°