An ordinance before the Topeka City Council would change the city's ban on specific breeds of dogs and institute a program to sterilize and release feral cats. The Topeka City Council will consider the ordinance at its meeting on Tuesday.
Currently, Topeka prohibits anyone from owning specific breeds of pit bulls.
The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that the proposed ordinance would replace that ban with a more general regulation on dangerous dogs. The dogs would be declared dangerous after a court process, and they would have to be neutered.
Another part of the ordinance would allow the capture of feral cats. The animals would be neutered, vaccinated and returned to their original locations.
Assistant city attorney Kyle Smith says other cities have reduced the population of stray cats with similar programs.
Update September 28, 2010 10:39pm - The following article is from WIBW:
New Animal Control Ordinance Passed For Topeka
The city of Topeka has a new animal control ordinance.
City council members passed the ordinance Tuesday night.
Some say the previous ordinance discriminated against pit bulls.
The new ordinance does not discriminate against any breed.
Now hundreds of pit bulls that are killed each year by the Helping Hands Humane Society, may live and be returned to their owners or put up for adoption.
The changes are expected to free up space at the Helping Hands Humane Society. That is because pit bulls will not be held there, while their owner fights for their return in court.
The ordinance will save the city an estimated $30,000-$50,000, according to assistant city attorney Kyle Smith.