A 90 day emergency legislation was passed Tuesday, April
2nd to require muzzles for "Pit Bulls & Rottweilers" in
"Pit Bull and Rottweiler Dangerous Dog Designation
Emergency Amendment Act of 1996."
The Mayor has NOW made it a permanent law.
The penalty for having any Rottweiler or pitt bull unmuzzled in public and
without $50,000 liability insurance in place is 2 years in prison
and/or up to a $20,000 fine. If any Rottweiler is found &
does not meet the above requirements it will be
confiscated and destroyed!! The registration is seperate
from the regular dog license. If you own a Rottweiler you
must comply with this special registry. Also the authorities
will be the ones to decide IF YOUR dog has Rottweiler or pit bull
WE have ONE last chance to get this rescinded...attend the
meeting on TUESDAY April 23rd at
at 10am in the John A. Wilson Building.
The Doris Day Animal Assistant League will be there to fight
IN OUR BEHALF and they are armed with numerous
articles/photos/etc. of Rottweilers serving as Therapy Dogs,
Service dogs and those that committed heroic deeds!!! BE
THERE!!! Let's serve and protect this magnificent breed as it
has served and protected us for many years.
ADDITIONAL ADDRESSES AND PHONE NUMBERS!
Mayor Marion Barry
441 4th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 727-2980 phone
Washington D.C. Online with access to the Mayor
(when you get to the home page, they'll be an area where one can
leave a message)
Please send a copy of your letter to (Barry's staff person working on
the bill). Her address is:
Ms. Glenda Gibson
441 4th Street, NW
Suite 1010, Washington, DC 20001.
Her phone number is (202) 727-6265.
In addition to this bill, the DC Council is fighting to pass 3
permanent bill against pit bulls and Rottweilers. A public
hearing on these bills will be held by Councilmember:
Linda W. Cropp, Chair of the Human
Services Committee, on April 23, 1996.
I urge you to write and call her to protest these bills. Her
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washinton, DC 20004
The 3 bills are:
Bill # 11612 Dog Owners Responsibility Act of 1996
Bill # 11616 Dangerous Dog Amendment Act of 1996
Bill # 11617 Pit Bulls and Rottweilers PROHIBITION Amendment Act of 1996
Two Councilmembers, who serve on the Human Services
Committee and will attend the hearing, are more open-minded
than the rest of the Councilmembers. I urge you to write and/or
call them. Councilmember Harry L. Thomas Sr.
abstained from voting on the emergency bill because he
owns a Rottweiler.
He takes his own phone calls, so
please call him (202) 724-8028. His address
is the same as Cropp's, except he's in room
Councilmember Charlene Drew Jarvis does not believe
in breed specific legislation. She opposed the
emergency bill, but voted for it -- probably for political
reasons. She has received calls from her constituents --
elderly women who own Rottweilers -- who oppose the
bills. She is open to hearing alternative ways of dealing
with the issue and would like written materials.
SUGGEST TO HER:
go after the people who use dogs as lethal weapons, not
certain breeds. She is in room 121 at the same address
as the other councilmembers. Her phone number is
Another councilmember who sits on the Human
Services Committee is Frank Smith Jr. He wrote and
pushed the emergency bill against pit bulls and
Rottweilers. He believes that pit bulls and Rottweilers
have a natural tendency to bite without provocation and
have frenzied behavior. He is in room 125 and his
number is (202) 724-8179.
also maybe we can get CNN to cover the meeting...
http://www.cnn.com for feedback e-mail address
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