Lowell City Council to bring pit-bull muzzle law to public hearing

By Lyle Moran, lmoran@lowellsun.com
Posted: 05/25/2011 11:04:10 AM EDT

LOWELL -- After months of debate, the City Council voted last night to forward to a public hearing a pit-bull muzzle law that provides exemptions for dogs that go through training programs.

The ordinance, crafted by the city's Law Department after several public-safety subcommittee and Animal Advisory Committee meetings, could be voted on as soon June 14, when the public hearing takes place.

City Attorney David Fenton modeled the ordinance after muzzle laws already in place in Boston and Worcester.

The ordinance requires that all pit bulls that don't go through certified training programs must be on a leash and wearing a muzzle when not on their owner's property. Pit bulls also do not have to wear a muzzle when off their owner's property if they are in a secure enclosure, such as a dog crate.

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Discussions ongoing for new Medford spay, neuter ordinance

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By Vladimir Shvorin/vshvorin@cnc.com
Medford Transcript
Posted Feb 17, 2011 - 12:00 PM

Medford officials and animal activists are currently attempting to iron out the logistics behind a spay and neuter ordinance for Medford’s pets.

Following a Medford City Council Committee of the Whole meeting on Feb. 8, the issue was tabled for further discussions on some of the major hurdles relating to a potential ordinance.

The issue was first raised approximately a year ago, when Marie Mazzeo, founder of Kitty Connection, approached the City Council with the idea. The issue has made little progress since then, until it was given new life at a Jan. 28 meeting.

Support for animal population control seems to be unanimous in the city, but the tripping point remains the implementation and policing of such a law.

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Medford considers spay, neuter requirement for pets

By Vladimir Shvorin/vshvorin@cnc.com
Medford Transcript
Posted Feb 03, 2011 - 02:00 PM

Medford officials and local activists are putting forth their strongest effort yet to require all animals in Medford to be spayed or neutered. But questions surrounding enforcement of a potential ordinance make the regulation’s bark seem louder than its bite.

“There are definitely public health issues involved here,” said Karen Rose, director of public health in Medford. “Everybody needs to have their animals rabies vaccinated and I honestly believe that we have a lot of work to do on the ordinance itself. My biggest concern is that we are creating an ordinance to make people feel good, but we can’t enforce it. There’s one animal control officer for a city of 56,000. He’s alone and he’s busy all day, every day.”

The ordinance currently states that owners of cats or dogs will need to pay a $60 fee, per animal, if they choose not to spay or neuter. This breeder’s license would also require proof of rabies immunization shots.

A violation of the ordinance would result in a $50 fine, which could be waived the requirements of the regulation are met within 30 days.

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