PITTSBURG — The Pittsburg City Commission heard from Pittsburg residents opposed to the city’s ordinance banning Pit Bull dogs within the city limits.
Kelsey Cooper led the group, calling themselves “Sam’s Ordinance,” they appeared along with members of the Gypsy Soul Rottweiler Rescue to make a prepared statement and present a petition with more than 1,000 signatures.
“We’ve started this group in hopes of changing the ordinance against Pit Bulls,” Cooper said.
One-by-one 10 residents stood up to speak a few lines each of a prepared statement.
“If you’re caught harboring one of these dogs and you do not remove it within 24 hours the ordinance states it will be taken by authorities and killed,” Lauren Page, president of Gypsy Soul Rottweiler Rescue, said.
The group said the 1979 ordinance, which they called out dated, bans the “most over-bred, neglected and abused breed of dog.”
In place of the breed-specific legislation currently in place, they propose an ordinance includes large-breed registration with the city, mandatory spay and neuter without a breeder’s license and temperament tests on a case-by-case basis.
Only one resident stood up to oppose changes to the ordinance.
“I want to go on the record that I am 100 percent against any change in this ordinance,” she said. “It needs to stay the same to protect everyone in this city.”
Mayor Chuck Munsell said the commission would take the matter under advisement.
By a 3-2 margin the Pittsburg City Commission approved a letter of agreement for 2016 with Pittsburg City Manager Daron Hall.
The contract increases his pay from $125,000 to $135,000 and retains him for another year.
Mayor Chuck Munsell and Commissioner John Ketterman were opposed.
Additionally, the commission approved a 10 year tax exemption for Miller’s Inc., on a $7 million expansion project.
The commission will next meet 5:30 p.m. Feb. 9 in the commission chambers in the Pittsburg Law Enforcement Center.
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.