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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Lakewood Could Pass Breed Neutral Dog Law, Repeal Pit Bull Ban During Monday's Council Meeting

Posted By on Thu, Mar 29, 2018 at 12:54 PM

click to enlarge GREG MURRAY
Eleven years ago Lakewood passed a pit bull ban within its borders. Opposition was constant in the ensuing decade but reached momentum during the summer of last year as a concerted band of residents pushed the city for change.

Initially, that came in the form of a proposed breed-specific law that, while representing progress, still would have targeted pit bull breeds (Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and American Staffordshire Terrier) and would have remained largely problematic.

Thankfully, city council has stepped up since January, when Mayor Summers announced the end of enforcement of the pit bull ban and the introduction of a new breed-specific dangerous dog policies. That language has now fallen by the wayside.

This coming Monday Lakewood city council is poised to vote on a new breed neutral policy.

"Lakewood City Council moved a step closer to repealing #BSL last night by Committee of the Whole recommending approval of new dangerous dog ordinance that is tough but fair and breed-neutral. Final vote next Monday 4/2," Lakewood city councilman Dan O'Malley tweeted last week.

"The new law that will be voted on and very likely approved on Monday," said Lakewood resident and pet photographer Greg Murray, who has helped lead the charge. "It is 100% breed-neutral and does not single out a dog based on looks. It repeals the ban and enacts stronger breed neutral laws for all dogs."

Here's to good news on Monday night.

Check out the ordinance here in the agenda for the meeting.

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