A couple of weeks ago, the community of Edgerton, KS (Population 1700) repealed its law that included "pit bulls" in its definition of "dangerous animals". The new ordinance outlines the types of behavior that are considered dangerous and allows the city's animal control officer to make declarations of dangerous dogs based on behavior regardless of breed.
The animal control ordinance changes passed by a vote of 4-1. Congrats to the city of Edgerton for this positive move forward.
Edgerton joins many other Kansas City area communities that have repealed breed-specific laws in recent years including Roeland Park, KS; Fairway, KS; Bonner Springs, KS; Basehor, KS; Riverside, MO; Osawatomie, KS; Grandview, MO; Topeka, KS; and Greenwood, MO.
Communities are continuing to realize that targeting dogs based on breed, or appearance, is a less effective approach to public safety than laws that target behavior of the both the dogs and owners and repeals of old laws have become far more common than passage of new breed-specific laws. And I completely suspect that trend will continue.