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Medford Looks Into Dog Ordinance Changes

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MEDFORD, Ore. — The Medford City Council is taking a closer look on how to reduce the number of dog attacks in the city.    During a meeting last week, the council mentioned placing a ban on pit bulls, but it say that is highly unlikely, and is just one several options being evaluated.

One pit bull activist, Tyler Woodard, started up an online petition when he heard about the possible pit bull ban. The site already has more than 5,000 signatures, and Woodard said he would like to get 10,000 by the time it’s all said at done.  Woodard plans on presenting the petition along with factual evidence to the city council.

Woodard said he wants to collaborate with the city council and come up with a new dog ordinance that works for everyone, and one that does not just discriminate against one dog breed.

The council says they are looking at a number of options to reduce dog attacks, and banning pit bulls is one of the options.

“At this stage it is very preliminary, that is one of the options,” said Medford City Council member Daniel Bunn.  “When the police gave that report they said some districts do that but there are a lot of other ways to address the problem… maybe we want to go that route… Maybe we do.  We really don’t know until we get into a public testimony.”

The council is looking into forming a committee to research the ways to prevent dog attacks further. That committee would also hear and evaluate public testimony.

Bunn said the council will be determining whether to form a committee at tomorrow’s city council meeting.  No official decision will be made until April at the earliest.

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  1. Jennifer says:

    https://www.facebook.com/GulahundYellowdogProgram

  2. Joanna Mason says:

    “The council says they are looking at a number of options to reduce dog attacks” – How about stiffer penalties for those that are abusing dogs, including forced dog fighting and neglect? Are any of these dogs vaccinated or fixed? Have they had their temperament shots, which even cats need to get? I believe that unless a dog is rabid, you can almost always bet that if a dog is dangerous it is either because they were provoked or because of the way that they were raised. How about raising awareness and advocate for these animals instead? Putting the blame on an animal for doing what it was taught to do or not taught to do is not only wrong but inconceivable. Shame on the Medford City Council for ever considering this!!

  3. Annie says:

    1 does not have to ban the breed. Just the breedING. People have a right to the kind of dog they want as long as the animal is not dangerous. Whether it is a chihuahua or a pit bull or an Akita. The huge difference is the size of animal. A pit attack is going to be a whole lot worse than a Chihuahua but a bite is a bite.
    Make breedING so unattractive & uncomfortable & EXPENSIVE that these irresponsible breeders will fix their animals. There is NO need for a ‘family pet’ to be intact. Reduce the ability to reproduce poor or aggressive bloodlines & you solve the biggest part of the problem.
    Then if & when an attack occurs, follow the current dog control rules & DON”T MAKE EXCEPTIONS just because someone gave a sob story.
    It is just about as simple as that.

  4. Citizen A says:

    Laws and more laws – do we need them? Before spending a lot of time and tax dollars to make yet another law, why not enforce the leash law?

    There are a few off-leash areas but at all parks, on any day, it’s easy to see dogs off leash. The owners feel they are “in control” and that is just so ridiculous. If asked to put the leash on, they become defensive and confrontational. Sometimes I wish the dogs had the humans on a leash!

    I’d be interested to learn how many on-leash attacks have occurred compared to total attacks.

    1. Lauren says:

      My rescue pitbull was a living puppy mill for the first 6 years of her life. She does not care to be friends with other dogs, for good reason but she is always on lease and under control.
      While walking with me on short leash she has been attacked by off leash dogs numerous times, one of which by two boxers that resulted in a LOT of blood. Both my husband and the other owners hands were torn up pretty badly by the boxers.
      Hilariously, as I type this I’m watching my husband out my window return from a walk with our pitbull while being aggressively confronted and followed down the street by some random small wire hair I’ve never seen before, in the street off leash and completely unattended. This dog may be small but it’s being highly aggressive to my pitbull and while she is being very good trying to ignore it as instructed, if it charged my girl any closer it would likely get bit, and that is just so utterly completely not her fault!
      I have had to pick up my pitbull on walks SO many times because some “harmless” off leash little dog aggressively charges my on leash dog. Owners need to respect the leash law!!!!

  5. kathy mcguire says:

    pls have anyone interested in our bsl is banned here in state of nj i will put you in touch with attorney who wrote the amicus brief for michael vick dogs and got bls banned here.
    info@njafa.org

  6. Kathy Ramirez says:

    Before thinking of introducing any kind of breed specific legislation, the Medford City Council needs to consider enforcing existing dog laws. Instead of spending an average of $120,000 a year on BSL why not add spend some of that on making sure the existing laws are upheld? Breed specific legislation has been proven to not work. All forms of bsl are discriminatory and do not effect those who are already breaking existing laws.
    If it was Tim George and his gang identifying the pit bulls, who says that if it looks and walks like a pit bull then it’s a pit bull, I challenge the dog bite statistics. If there were some variation of breed specific legislation enacted, who is going to be the one identifying these so called pit bulls? Breed identification is a major issue with any breed specific law. Quite often dogs that attack are identified as pit bulls when they are not. It seems that any dog of medium build with short hair is thought to be a pit bull regardless of their genetic makeup. There are 20+ breeds that are commonly incorrectly identified as pit bulls!
    By targeting dogs and ultimately their owners through Draconian measures, beloved family pets are lost and the human-animal bond is weakened. Denver Colorado is one example of a town that has shown us the worst side of targeted legislation. Since a law banning dogs that look like “pit bulls” went into effect, families have been forced to hide their dogs away or risk having them confiscated and destroyed and non-pits that are misidentified as pit bulls face the same danger. The same is true in Ontario, Canada. Without practical solutions to dog related challenges, communities with BSL suffer as resources that could be used to address very real issues are being lost to court challenges and impossible ‘witch hunt’ enforcement efforts.

  7. Dee says:

    You have linked to the wrong petition. The petition for the Medford Oregon pitbull ban can be found at :
    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/995/361/046/prevent-a-discriminating-ban-against-pitbulls-in-medford-or/?z00m=20705858

  8. Lauren says:

    BSL to me is a way for a city government to pass the buck on their own failed law enforcement. Pull the wool over the public’s eyes by blaming an animal who can’t speak for itself.
    Instead of talking about how many drug dealers and gang members are still on the street, let’s focus on the breed of dog they choose to abuse and then BLAME that dog for it!

    All you have to do is look at any shelter in this country to know that the bully breeds are the most abused and over-bred breed of dog in the entire country.
    This http://nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com/dogbites/dog-bite-related-fatalities/ in depth study is pretty eye opening, and everyone should take the time to read it. Especially the Medford city council. Nearly every single case of “family pet, pitbull death” was proven to be false. Not only are the breeds of dog often unidentified but they were very rarely a “family pet” unless living in a back yard on a short chain with nearly 0 human interaction says “family pet” to you.
    We don’t need BSL, We need better funding for Animal control and animal welfare organizations to do their jobs and better rules in place to regulate the breeding and mistreatment of animals.

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