Pit Bull PuppyLooks like Little Rock is throwing its figurative hat in the BSL ring.

The City of Little Rock is considering putting restrictions on Pit Bulls rather than banning the breed.

The Little Rock Pit Bull Committee gave its recommendations on restrictions to the Little Rock Animal Services Advisory Board Wednesday night. The advisory board discusses them before they go to the city council for consideration.

The mayor’s committee on Pit Bulls has made the following recommendations for an ordinance change:

Questionnaire:

• What breeds will be effected?

American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Terrier and the American Staffordshire Terrier

• What about mixes of these breeds?

Yes, with the establishment of an Appeals Committee comprised of at least the Animal Services Veterinarian, a member of the Animal Services Advisory Board, and a citizen of the City of Little Rock. This committee will hear disputes from the owner of a dog as to whether or not the primary breed in any one animal is Pit Bull.

• Do we require additional license for a regulated breed?

Yes, there will be a permit required to have a regulated breed. This will be a yearly permit that will require a new sticker each year.

• Is there a cost for additional license?

Yes, this fee will be set by the City Manager as it related to the administrative cost.

• Will the regulated breeds have to be micro chipped for identification?

Yes, All regulated breeds of dogs, to reside in the City of Little Rock, must have a microchip.

• Do we require tattooing?

No, this will not be a recommendation.

• Do we require a photo to be taken of the animal?

Yes, the owner of a regulated breed must bring the animal to Little Rock Animal Services to have the photo taken. This will be part of the registration program.

• What time frame does the owner have to register an animal?

The owner will have ninety days from passage of the Ordinance to register their animal.

• Is there a limit on the number other than four dogs?

No, the limit of four will apply.

• Are muzzles required anytime a dog leaves its confined area?

No, the owner will not be required to muzzle a registered animal.

• Do we require sterilization?

Yes, the owner of a regulated breed will be required to sterilized their animal.

• Do we allow special permits for un-sterilized show dog (with points)?

Yes, there will be a special permit allowed for AKC and UKC show dogs with points. With a permit these animals will not be required to be sterilized for show purposes, but shall not be allowed to breed.

• Will there be a fee for the “Show Dog” Permit.

Yes, this fee will be set by the City Manager as it related to the administrative cost. This fee shall be annual.

• Do we allow for breeders with a special permit?

Yes, there will be a special permit allowed for AKC and UKC breeding dogs. With a permit these animals will not be required to be sterilized.

• Is there a limit on the number of litters a single animal can have?

Yes, each permit will allow the animal to be bred one time each calendar year.

• Will there be a fee for the “Breeders” Permit.

Yes, this fee will be set by the City Manager as it related to the administrative cost. This fee shall be annual.

• What are the requirements for confinement of regulated breeds?

Confinement regulations will be the same as other breeds of dogs, except they will not be allow to put the dogs on a trolley system or an electronic fencing system. While on a leash it must be held by an adult that has the capability of controlling the animal.

• Do we make the owner of the dog provide proof of liability insurance for the animals?

Tabled

• Do we allow the rescue of a regulated breed if it is moved outside the city?

Yes, a rescue organization will be allowed to pull Pit Bulls for relocation outside the City of Little Rock.

• Do we allow for the transfer of a registration of a regulated breed within the city?

No, the new owner must come in and apply for a registration.

• Do we require signs/or stickers to be posted on the property (visible to the street) stating a regulated breed is on the property?

Yes, Little Rock Animal Services shall provide the sticker.

• Do we allow the dogs to live at property that is not considered a residence?

No, a regulated breed shall reside at a residence of a responsible adult.

• Do we allow people to relocate a permit to a different permanent address within the city without notifying Animal Services?

Yes, but any changes in the address of the owner will require an update be submitted to Little Rock Animal Services.

• If an owner of a dog fails to register their animal would that eliminate the dog from consideration of getting a regulated breed permit?

The owner of any regulated breed that is found not to be in compliance with the regulated breed provisions shall have ten (10) days to comply with all regulations of a regulated breed. On or before the tenth day, the owner shall register the dog at Little Rock Animal Services or remove it from the city.

• Does a violation of any non-cruelty animal code provision cause the owner to loose his or her exemption? Violations such as direct point chaining or failure to confine?

Upon conviction of a first offence the owner will be allowed to keep their animal. On conviction of second offence the owner will loose their permit and the owner will have to remove the animal from the City of Little Rock.

• Does a violation of a particular cruelty animal code provision cause the owner to loose their exemption? Violations such as heavy chaining, short chaining, no water or failure to provide proper medical care.

Upon conviction of any animal cruelty charge the owner will loose rights to permit a regulated breed within the City of Little Rock.

• If a regulated breed bites or attacks another person or animal and is determined to be “dangerous dog” according to City Ordinance does it have to be removed from the city?

Upon notification and possible appeal of a Dangerous Dog designation the owner will loose the right to obtain a regulated breed permit.

• Do we allow regulated dogs that do not have a current city license obtain a permit for a regulated breed as long as they meet all other regulations?

The owner will have ten (10) days to get their city license and present them to Little Rock Animal Services for registration.

• Do we allow a rescue group to pull a Pit Bull or Mix of the breed for rescue to be adopted within the City of Little Rock?

Yes, a rescue group shall be allowed to place Pit Bulls with owners inside the City of Little Rock. (Todays THV)

I admit that their proposed regulations are much tamer than many I see but the bottom line is BSL is still BSL!

There certainly seems to be a fee for just about any contingency as well. Looks like they’ll be filling the city coffers in the process!

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