Point Pleasant, WV: Breed ban passes first reading

This ordinance will be up for a second reading at an unspecified date (possibly the August council meeting). There is no grandfather clause for the proposed prohibited breeds.

Next city council meeting: August 16, 7:00 PM, at City Hall, 400 Viand Street.

Mayor Brian Billings, mayor@ptpleasantwv.org
City Clerk Amber Tatterson, cityclerk@ptpleasantwv.org

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Point Pleasant dog ordinance passes first reading

by Andrew Carter

POINT PLEASANT — Point Pleasant City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would amend the current legislation pertaining to dogs and cats during its regular meeting on Monday evening.

Part 5, Article 505.05 of the city’s codified ordinances addresses dogs or cats running “at large,” specific breeds of dog prohibited inside city limits and impounding of animals.

Section A of the ordinance prohibits owners of dogs and cats from allowing their animals to run “at large” (loose) “upon any public place or upon any unenclosed lands within the Municipality.”

Section B of the ordinance addresses specific breeds that are prohibited inside city limits. The following dog breeds fall under the prohibited category: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier and any breeds of dog that “have the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds of dogs known as Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.”

Seventh Ward Councilman Sam Juniper asked if language was included in the ordinance that would “grandfather in” residents who are owners of the prohibited dog breeds. City Attorney R.F. Stein said that no such language was included in the ordinance, but could be added if council wanted to do so. Council members did not take action on that issue.

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The date of the August meeting of Point Pleasant City Council has been changed from Monday, Aug. 9 to Monday, Aug. 16. 

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Filed under: BSL Proposed, West Virginia

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