This article was written by Zandra Anderson, a lawyer in San Antonio, TX who specializes in pet law. The entire article is quoted below
"It appears that a proposed vicious dog law in San Antonio could put nearly every dog that breathes in danger of being labeled vicious.
San Antonio is considering one of the worst dog ordinances I have ever seen. Below is the proposed language–read it very carefully and keep in mind that the definition of enclosure includes your house and fenced yard.
PLEASE–fax, call & email (addresses & numbers below)! Talking points are provided below.
This is a bad law and can set precedent for other cities. The vote is this Thursday, 12/13/07, so you have two (2) days to really make your voice heard and this is when it COUNTS!
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Sec. 5-147 Keeping of vicious animals.
Any animal owned or kept shall be determined to be vicious if:
(a) Because of its physical nature and vicious propensity it is capable of inflicting serious physical harm or death to human beings and would constitute a danger to human life or property; or
(b) Without reasonable provocation habitually has behaved within the enclosure in which it was being kept in such a manner that the owner thereof knows or should reasonably know that the animal is possessed of tendencies to attack or bite; or
(c) It commits unprovoked acts while in the enclosure in which the animal was being kept and those acts cause a person to reasonable believe that the animal will attack and cause bodily injury to that person or
(d) An animal which acts in a highly aggressive manner while in the enclosure in which the animal was being kept and appears to a reasonable person able to jump over or escape.
Here are some talking points:
I have written a brief which was presented to every City Council member and the Mayor at their meeting last week (presented by Pam–see below). You are welcome to a copy of it–just email me.
Pam Hernandez has done a great job educating people and getting the word out about this law. She got 30 people to attend the Council meeting on 11/29, five on 12/6 and she is putting together a group to attend on 12/13 (this Thursday @ 9:00 a.m.). Please, go if you can. Here is Pam’s contact info to coordinate with her:
Let’s make some noise because ALL dogs are at risk! It does not make any difference where you live because these laws do travel!!!!!
General Fax Number for City Council if individual number does not work (210) 207-7027
Address for all:
City of San Antonio
PO Box 839966
San Antonio, TX 78283
Mayor Phil Hardberger
Phone: (210) 207-7060; Fax: (210) 207-4168
City Manager Sheryl Sculley
Phone: (210) 207-7080; Fax: (210) 207-4217
Councilwoman Mary Alice Cisneros
Phone: (210) 207-7279; Fax: (210) 207-6931
Councilwoman Sheila McNeil
Phone: (210) 207-7278; Fax: (210) 207-4496
Councilman Roland Gutierrez
Phone: (210) 207-7064; Fax: (210) 534-1931
Councilman Philip Cortez
Phone: (210) 207-7281; Fax: (210) 678-0099
Councilwoman Lourdes Galvan
Phone: (210) 207-7043; Fax: (210) 212-4860
Councilwoman Delicia Herrera
Phone: (210) 207-7065; Fax: (210) 207-8760
Councilman Justin Rodriguez
Phone: (210) 207-7044; Fax: (210) 207-7027
Councilwoman Diane Cibrian
Phone: (210) 207-7086; Fax: (210) 949-0439
Councilman Kevin Wolff
Phone: (210) 207-7325; Fax: (210) 207-7027
Councilman John Clamp
Phone: (210) 207-7276; Fax: (210) 207-8777
Like Zandra says, this doesn’t just affect dogs in San Antonio. This could set an example for other cities around the country, and result in more insane laws like this."
This article was found on PetsitUSA