Monday, November 17, 2014

UG Public Works and Safety Committee to discuss new animal control policies


KANSAS CITY, KAN. ----- The Unified Government's Public Works and Safety Committee will discuss a proposal that would reverse the pitbull ban in Kansas City, Kan.

The meeting begins tonight at 5 p.m. at City Hall.

Here are some highlights of the proposed animal policy:
  • The Pit Bull prohibition law in Wyandotte County would be eliminated. In the agenda item for the plan, the city states that there's no reliable evidence that indicates breed discriminatory laws have worked. They have also been difficult to enforce, the county says. 
  • If approved, citizens in KCK would be allowed to own more pets. Residents could own up three dogs, four cats or a combination of six in total. 
  • Special use permits on the number of animals owned would go to animal control instead of the Unified Government Board of Commissioners. A $350 fee would be paid for a renewable two-year license. 
  • The "Catch and Kill" policy currently in place for cats would change to a "Trap, Neuter and Return" policy. Cats would no longer be killed and instead, will be vaccinated and neutered. This program would be paid with grants and funding from animal organizations across the metro area. According to the county, no taxpayer dollars will be used to fund this.