Last night, Clayton, MO (Population 16,000) in suburban St. Louis UNANIMOUSLY voted to repeal its ban on "pit bulls". Instead, the laws will now deem any animal to be dangerous "based on demonstrated conduct and characteristics and not mere assumptions...."
I've not read the full context of the bill, but it sounds like they followed through with details for behavior-based standards, as well as an appeal and hearing process to protect owners as well.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, Bradford City (Population 9,000) passed a measure to remove "pit bulls" from it's dangerous dog list. In this case it was brouth to the city's attention that the law violated Article V Sec 459-509A of the Pennsylvania State statutes that prohibit municipalities from enacting laws targeting specific breeds.
Thus, the city solicitor and the police chief looked at the issue and said they wanted the law "off the books." And now, it is.
Then, 11 days ago, Waterloo, WI passed a repeal of its breed specific law.
This is FIVE communities already this year that have repealed their breed bans in favor of breed-neutral, behavior based laws. It's January 29th. Others, like Aurora, CO; are also currently looking at repeals.
Six years ago it was rare for a community to repeal its breed ban. However, now, cities are overwhelmingly deciding to replace their breed-targeted laws with breed neutral laws that focus on the the bahavior of the dogs (and owners). Having five communities in a single month (which isn't over yet) repeal their bans is a huge testiment to how quickly the tide is turning.
Logic, common sense, and the advice of experts is taking priority over the "hysteria of the moment." This is good for communities. And good for dogs. And good for pet owners. It's great to see the turning tide.