Voters reject ordinance to ban new pit bull ownership in the city of Springfield

Published: Aug. 7, 2018 at 10:08 PM CDT
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Voters in the city of Springfield rejected a measure to ban new ownership of pit bulls.

The issue failed by nearly a 2-1 margin. It means Springfield's pit bull ordinance will remain on the books.

"Voters did not approve a ban on pit bulls within the city of Springfield," said Mayor Ken McClure. "The people have spoken and my colleagues on city council and I believe that the democratic process has worked as designed. We appreciate all of the residents in our community who spoke out with their beliefs, whether in support or opposition of a ban, in a calm and civil manner. There are appropriate avenues, such as the initiative petition process, to try to turn those beliefs into action. “

A pit bull registration ordinance (enacted in 2006) remains in effect. The ordinance contains certain ownership requirements, including registration, for individuals who own pit bull and pit bull mix dogs.

Registering a pit bull or pit mix dog with animal control is the last step of a multi-step process. Owners must have a microchip implanted under the dog's skin. This service can be provided by animal shelter staff at the time of registration and is included in the $50 registration fee. Alternatively, owners can have the procedure performed at a veterinarian's office and provide written proof to animal shelter staff at the time of registration.

Owners must ensure the dog is spayed or neutered and provide proof of spay or neutering at time of registration.

At the time of registration, owners must provide proof of rabies vaccination for the dog. Registration must be renewed each year, and an annual $50 registration fee is applied for each dog. Registered pit bulls must wear the issued registration tag at all times.