October 20, 2021

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Overland Park Town Council to vote on repeal of pit bull ban

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — Overland Park could before long drop breed limits blocking people from owning pit bulls. 

On Thursday, the Overland Park Public Safety Committee unanimously permitted employees recommendations to update city code about pet licensing, pet tethering and breed restrictive language. 

Pet Licensing

Town staff suggest approving an updated licensing price scale that would include: 

  • A $20 licensing rate for an animal that is not spayed or neutered.
  • A $10 licensing rate for an animal that is spayed, neutered or microchipped.
  • A $5 licensing fee for an animal that is spayed or neutered, and microchipped 

Tethering

Latest city code boundaries tethering of a puppy involving 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. If improvements are accredited, making it possible for a dog to be tethered for a lot more than 30 minutes at a time without supervision would develop into a code violation. 

The committee also approved extra rules for tethering that contain: 

Canines simply cannot be tethered devoid of obtain to shade when temperatures could likely bring about the animal to overheat or shelter when temperatures drop below 40 degrees.

Puppies are unable to be tethered in an open room in which the animal can be provoked by people or other animals. 

Canines are not able to be tethered in a space wherever grime is exposed and the proprietor isn’t having precautions to avoid the house from getting muddy. 

Risky Animals

City workers have proposed incorporating wolf-hybrids, wolf-combine and Tundra Shepherds to the checklist of dangerous animals.

Beneath the proposed amendments, restrictions on pit bull breeds which includes Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Put Bull Terrier and dogs with bodily traits of a pit bull have been eliminated.

Proposed changes to the Overland Park Municipal Code. Click on to enlarge.

Staff members suggest changing the breed restrictive language in the town code with: 

“Any Canine or Cat possessing been earlier established by any other Metropolis or Municipality to be a perilous or vicious animal shall be prima facie evidence that reported canine or cat is a dangerous animal, until that dedication was primarily based entirely on breed or breed combine.” 

“If it’s bitten or attacked in another city and you carry it listed here, we are going to consider it risky just as it was considered dangerous in the previous town.” Assistant City Legal professional Eric Blevins explained.  

Staff endorse all former requirements for pit bull ownership be eliminated from the code nonetheless, house owners of recently described hazardous animals ought to give evidence of microchipping to the town clerk within just 10 times of being specified this kind of. The proposed variations also involve owners of unsafe animals to deliver evidence their pet has been spayed or neutered to the city clerk. 

Code violations and penalties have been current to contain a provision that would allow the municipal court docket choose to award restitution to victims of a unsafe animal attack. 

The proposed code amendments will development to the Overland Park City Council for a closing vote on Monday, Sept. 20. If accepted by the council, the changes would go into result on Tuesday, Sept. 28.