Friday, May 23, 2008

Isn't this all getting out of control?

The small town of Osceola, NE is considering a breed ban that would ban American Pit Bull Terriers. The town has exactly one APBT, who has never caused any problems whatsoever and has no complaints registered against her. Maggie, the only pit bull in town, lives across the street from Renee and Kent Johansen and their three children. The Johansens are leading the move for the ban. The Johansens, say they are concerned about the safety of their young children living in such close proximity to the pit bull. “I know that specific dog has not done anything yet,” Renee Johansen said in a phone interview. Maggie's owners, however, have purchased a $100,000 liability insurance policy, a stake that could not be pulled out of the ground, shortened her chain, got her a muzzle and the signs that were needed. They're trying to find a picture sign that warns about dogs for kids who can’t read. The Osceola council says it wants to do the right thing and not make a law that squarely impacts one person, so they are banning 7 breeds of dogs: Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Am. Staffordshire Terrier, Chows, Dobermans, Rottweiler, American Bandage Mastiff, Neopolitan Mastiff, and any dog with the appearance of any of the above. American Bandage Mastiff? Just in case there is one, somewhere in the world. (via For Your Entertainment) Photo: nestmaker

1 comment:

RedRiver said...

Can Mr. & Mrs. Johansen spell "neurotic"? That is what their children are going to become. This sort of behaviour by parents on one issue is usually indicative to a whole approach to child-rearing. And the City of Osceola is letting these hysterics decide city polity toward canines? Bad judgement is obviously the local specialty. This will end up, like so many other bad animal laws, in court and it will end up costing Osceola a lot of money. Better they should buy the Johansens a bigger place out of town with a high electrified fence, motion detectors and lots of keep out signs.