Kennett, MO is a small community of a little more than 10,000 people in the very Southeastern part of the state and is the hometown of Sheryl Crow.
This week, the city council in the small community voted unanimously to remove "Pit bulls" from the definition of "dangerous dogs" in the community.
"There will be some people concerned on behalf of the risk factor involved," Said souncilman Roger Wheeler. "But there will be a lot more I think who will appreciate the fact that theri dog is not deemed a vicious dog when in reality they are not. This will eliminate a whole lot of complaint callsfor the humane officer."
The repeal was brought up by Councilman Bob Hancock. He was particularly concerned about dogs declared to be pit bulls at the city shelter that were not getting adopted.
"I'm recommending we eliminate the breed-specific and only say vicious animals. We have some pit bulls are partical pit bulls that are good dogs, and people would adopt them, but under our current ordinance, they can't adopt them out."
Kennett joins the growing list of cities in Missouri that are opting for breed-neutral dangerous dog laws instead of breed specific ones, joining Hallsville, Clayton, Riverside, Annapolis, Manchester, Wentzville, Town & Country, and Overland -- all in just the past 3 years.
The momentum is clearly changing as communities are clearly realizing that aggressive dogs are not a breed-specific trait, but a trait that is made up of a lot of factors, including socializtion and how a dog is cared for. And that animal control departments can be far more efficient in protecting their communities if they focus on a dog's behavior, not it's breed.
Congrats to the community of Kennett.