Council Fails to Overturn Pit Bull Veto
Councilors vote to return the bill to committee, where councilors will consider proposed amendments by Mayor Gary Christenson.
Supporters of an ordinance that would muzzle new pit bulls in the city failed to overturn a mayoral veto Tuesday night, prompting the council to move the bill back into subcommittee for reconsideration.
Mayor Gary Christenson vetoed the bill, which offered an exemption for pit bulls and related breeds already registered with the city, saying it would be difficult to enforce and opened the city to litigation Friday.
The 6-5 vote failed to reach the 8 required for a veto reversal.
“The ordinance should be centered on how a dog behaves and not how a dog looks,” Christenson said in a letter to the council explaining his veto.
Christenson offered a number of amendments he said would strengthen the bill and protect residents without “breed-specific” legislation, though whether to include them all in a second attempt at a mayoral signature is up to the council.