Update: Wednesday, September 21, 2022
Monday, by a 4-3 vote, the Minot City Council voted to repeal the city’s decades-old ban of multiple breeds. The American Kennel Club appreciates Councilmember Carrie Evans’ work in promoting the change to a breed-neutral animal control policy in Minot.
On Monday, September 19, the City Council of Minot, North Dakota, will consider a repeal of the breed-specific ownership ban section of its animal ordinances. The American Kennel Club (AKC) supports the repeal of the breed-specific provision, and encourages Minot residents to contact the City Council to support the repeal.
Section 7-34, which has been law since 1987, effectively bans the ownership of any pit bull dog in the city, with limited exceptions for service or assistance/support dogs. Its definition of “pit bull dog” includes Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and dogs that are a mix of those breeds or has the appearance of those breeds.
AKC supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. We believe that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs; and support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measurable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be “dangerous”. AKC strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs. Click here for more information.
AKC supports Minot’s effort to ensure their animal control ordinances are breed-neutral through the repeal of Section 7-34. Minot residents are strongly encouraged to contact the City Council to support repeal of ordinance 7-34 (Regulation of Pit Bull Dogs). To contact all city council members via a single communication, please use the city’s Public Comment Portal.
Individual council members may be reached as follows:
Mayor Tom Ross
Council President Paul Pinter
Council Vice President Stephan Podrygula
Councilmember Carrie Evans
Councilmember Mark Jantzer
Councilmember Lisa Olsen
AKC Government Relations will provide updates on Minot’s efforts to become breed-neutral, and on legislative issues impacting dog owners in North Dakota. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.