Buckner, MO is a small town of about 2700 people - - and has a declining population base. However, even with that, they still won't be welcoming Rhiannon and Casey Embree, and their two pet 'pit bulls' to town. The Embrees had found a home in Buckner that they had hoped to move to. However, the small town had passed a ban on pit bulls in 2000 following an incident where a dog bit a tricycle. The Embrees approached the city council in hopes that they'd remove the ban.
However, last night, the appeal was denied.
Members of Kansas City Dog Advocates and the Missouri Federation of Animal Owners showed up in support of the Embrees, Casey Martinez of KCDA (who is always excellent in presentations) provided the council with a lot of background and information on effective animal control ordinances. The home owner, Cindy Hansen also was in attendence.
"They seem like nice people" said Russ Krohn of MO Fed. "The city just missed an opportunity for some good people in this town."
Two Aldermen, Cathy Litten and Dennis Gilmore voted against the ban, but the other four aldermen voted against a repeal.
Alderman Chet Denton voted against the repeal siting that he'd done research about the breed. I'm dying to know where, as he certainly didn't check with the AVMA, ASPCA, National Animal Control Association, Association of Pet Dog Trainers, or any other organization of experts on canine behavior on what they thought of the legislation he's supporting.
Meanwhile, Cindy Hansen is left still trying to find someone to buy her home. Housing sales prices are lower than at any point in the past 6 years in Buckner - -with fewer homes moving. Taking away a potential buyer for Hansen's home certainly is putting her in an economic pickle -- all because of bigotry and a lack of information and willingness to learn.