Pit bull owners and their dogs planned to take over a corner of a store parking lot for a rally Wednesday evening.
The rally was planned to counter Vancouverite Chris Ramsay's idea to ban pit bulls within city limits after three of the dogs attacked a little boy, biting him on the ear and arms last week.
The rally Wednesday was organized by dog owner Cash Frackiewicz at the Fred Meyer near I-205 and Mill Plain at 6 p.m. at Mill plain and Chaklov. Representatives from the Pacific Northwest Pit Bull Rescue association said they would also be attending.
Vancouver City Council members Jeanne Harris and Pat Campbell said they believed a ban should be debated.
Update June 9, 2011 - The following article is from KBND:
Ban on Pit Bulls Protested
About 200 dog lovers and about 50 dogs gathered in Vancouver, Washington, yesterday to protest a proposed ban on pit bulls, which is one of a number of restrictions on the breed being considered by the Vancouver City Council. The protesters lined up along Mill Plain Boulevard, many of them carrying signs to protest the possibility of a ban on pit bulls. The issue has been hotly debated since a nine-year-old local boy was sent to a hospital after being attacked by three pit bulls outside a home on Evergreen Boulevard. The Council plans to discuss proposed restrictions at a work session sometime in August.
Update June 21, 2011 - The following article is by Lincoln Graves, KATU:
Vancouver won't ban pit bulls after attack
Pit bull owners in Vancouver can rest easy after the city council decided to not pursue a ban on the breed.
The idea to ban pit bulls came up after a recent attack on a 9-year-old boy. The attack left Joey Ponomarev seriously wounded and sparked a debate about if the dogs are a safe breed.
“I came from a place in Denver where they’ve been banned since 1989 and so I thought I’d raise the issue,” said Chris Ramsay. Ramsay is an attorney and a family friend of the boy who was attacked.
Despite his request, Vancouver city councilors now say an outright ban is off the table.
“The goal is to assure we protect the community and the breed-specific approach doesn’t necessarily do that,” said city manager Eric Holmes.
“Each dog is an individual and they have their own personalities and to say that one breed in particular, regardless of how their personality is, to say they’re dangerous is a little bit unfair,” said dog owner Jennie Pai.
The city council will now look at ways to beef up existing dangerous dog laws. City leaders will hold a workshop in August to determine what changes could be made.
The three pit bulls involved in the attack that prompted the discussion have all been euthanized. Joey, the boy who was hurt, is expected to fully recover.
- Pitbull Owners Fight Town Ban - The Spokesman-Review