Boomer's voice continues to be heard.
The vote was close (3-2), but the nays took it. No breed ban in Ringsted, IA. This little bedroom community of 422 has decided that they have all of the animal ordinances they need already. They require people to license their pets, show proof of rabies vaccination, and have a leash law that states all animals, when not on the owners property, must be on a leash. Pretty simple, straightforward laws that would be difficult to dispute. No one has to argue over what breed of dog this one is, or if that one may have some mixed breed of that.
There were facts and figures reported on as well as a petition that was presented by the citizens of Ringsted against a breed ban. One citizen drove home the fact that without a town cop, they could have all the laws in the world, but who is going to enforce them? He felt as though the current laws were enough and that the citizens of Ringsted needed to police themselves.
I believe that Ringsted is taking a step in the right direction. They are coming together to educate one another and hold each other accountable. They are wise enough to know that there are those that follow the rules, those that don't understand the rules, and those that don't care about rules. I'm sure the majority of the citizens fall in one of the first two categories described. I applaud those individuals that presented the facts, left the emotions out of it, and stood up for what they believe. And by the way, not one of these individuals owns a pit bull.