BSL update for Sioux City
Council votes to keep pit bull ban
June 28, 2010
Sioux City's City Council has voted 3-2 to keep a pit bull ban.
City Attorney Andrew Mai had been expected to present sweeping changes to the city's vicious animal laws, including a call for lifting the pit bull ban and taking the police department and city out of the appeal process.
Amending the ordinances has been a topic of debate and testimony from pet owners for months. Some procedures changed after District Court Judge John D. Ackerman ruled in January that the city had violated the due-process rights of six dog owners and the dogs were released from the Sioux City Animal Control shelter.
The council had toughened the vicious animal laws in 2008 so that animals deemed vicious had to be euthanized and no longer could be placed in homes outside the city.
That same year, the council unanimously enacted a ban on ownership of pit bulls and pit-bull mixes, sponsored by Councilman Aaron Rochester. Dogs already in the city were grandfathered in, but their owners had to comply with registration and licensing regulations or see their dogs seized. Rules about fencing, leashing, muzzling and microchipping followed.