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CB46 goes forward without repealing the breed ban
Unfortunately, the council, led in full measure by District 5 Councilwoman Jolene Ivey and At-Large Councilman Mel Franklin, torpedoed the amendment to CB46 that would include the repeal of the breed ban in the bill. CB46 will still be heard on November 19th, but the amendment that would repeal the breed ban was struck out.
The appeal to repeal will continue as we will work on getting the breed ban repeal moving again in a stand-alone bill considered in the next county legislative session. We did hear support for this option from some councilmembers, including Councilwoman Deni Taveras, who stated she was open to the possibility of a repeal bill next year.
While this is a very disappointing turn of events and the battle may be over for this legislative session, a stand-alone bill was always a possibility. We should all start -- TODAY -- to make that happen. The Federation commits to redouble its efforts as well.
As appalled as we were at the fear mongering and and misstatements of fact (ok, lies) we heard today from Mr. Franklin and Ms. Ivey, and the disappointment felt when we watched Councilman Dernoga dither before our very eyes, we were touched by the bravery and support shown by Councilwoman Dannielle Glaros, Councilmen Todd Turner, Sidney Harrison, and Derrick Davis.
If you have a moment in the next day or two, please contact CMs Glaros, Turner, Harrison, and Davis to thank them for their support, and ask them to remember us next year.
While the Federation still believes CB46 is a worthwhile bill to put forward, we do not believe it can be enforced given county animal control's insufficient resources. Repealing the breed ban would have freed up over a quarter million dollars each year to enforce the better laws we'd see in CB46. Without the repeal, we believe Animal Control will continue to fail to improve public safety.
Has your dog been seized and taken away by the county? Did you give your dog away in order to save it? Did you decide not to move here because of the breed ban? If you have you been affected by the Prince George's County Pit Bull Ban, we want to hear from YOU! We STILL want to hear about your experiences. Take the survey here.