Various news reports have indicated that, in response to a well-publicized dog attack last month, Westwego City Councilmember Glenn Green intends to introduce an ordinance that would extend the city's current breed-specific ordinance to additional breeds and make keeping certain targeted breeds much more difficult. On principle, the American Kennel Club (AKC) opposes breed-specific legislation. AKC urges all concerned Westwego residents contact the members of the City Council and Mayor John Shaddinger to respectfully ask them to support strong, breed-neutral dangerous dog laws.
The American Kennel Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. We support laws that: establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as “dangerous” based on stated, measureable actions; impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous. The American Kennel Club strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be “dangerous” based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.
What you can do:
Concerned residents are encouraged to contact Mayor John Shaddinger and the members of the Westwego City Council. Respectfully urge them to consider and support strong, breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that can be fairly applied to all dogs instead of strengthening the current discriminatory breed-specific ordinance. Click here for talking points against breed-specific legislation.
Mayor John I. Shaddinger, Jr.
Councilman Glenn Green (Dist. 1)
Councilman Ted J. Munch (Dist. 2)
Councilman Ivy E. Rogers (Dist. 3)
Councilman Melvin J. Guidry (Dist. 4)
Councilman Larry Warino (Dist. 5)
For more information, contact AKC's Government Relations Department at (919) 816-3720, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Various news reports have indicated that, in response to a well-publicized dog attack last month,…