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Clamping down on pit bulls

Phillipsburg council considering ordinance that would restrict owners of the dogs.
 Wednesday, June 20, 2007 By DANIEL HAUSMANN
The Express-Times

Town council members agreed Tuesday to press ahead with ordinances restricting pit bull owners after hearing horror stories from two Heckman Street residents.

Town attorneys will draft an ordinance to be read at the July 3 meeting. The public will have a chance to be heard at a subsequent public hearing. Councilman Jim Shelly  said he supports muzzles, age restrictions on pit bull walkers and a $1 million insurance policy. "
I don't think that's out of line," Shelly said. Michele Broubalow, the town clerk, said the insurance can be tacked on through homeowner's or renter's insurance at an average cost of $65 per month.

Council President David DeGerolamo initially called for the council to review suggestions from attorney Joel Kobert at the July 10 meeting but then bumped the ordinance reading up to the July 3 meeting after hearing the residents' stories.Council also asked the police department to step up enforcement of existing dog laws.

Barbara Reichman of the New Jersey Federation of Dog Clubs said breed-specific municipal ordinances have been tossed out by courts. Reichman said her organization would help the town craft an ordinance with teeth. "You can't condemn a whole group of breeds," said Reichman, of Schooly's Mountain.

"People who break the law now are going to continue to break the law anyway." Marshall Street resident and professional dog trainer Debbie Pruznick said aggressive behavior can be a response inherent to all canines. Pruznick said council doesn't suggest banning guns when there is an incident with firearms.

"Vicious dogs should be addressed," Pruznick said. "Breed-specific is not the way to go." A similar ordinance proposed in 2001 was dumped after public protest. Reporter Daniel Hausmann can be reached at 610-258-7171 or by e-mail at dhausmann@express- http://www.nj. com/news/ expresstimes/ nj/index. ssf?/base/ news-5/118231391 9278730.xml&coll=2&thispage=2

Your polite and respectful e-mail correspondence can be sent to the Town Clerk with a request to forward on to the individual city council members.
Phillipsburg Municipal Building
675 Corliss Avenue,
Phillipsburg, NJ, 08865
Phone: (908) 454-1170
Fax: (908) 454-7899
Town ClerkMichele D. Broubalow
(908) 454-5500, Ext. 304
michele1@enter. net

Mayor Harry Wyantharrywyant@enter. net
City CouncilJames Shelley David DeGeroimo

John DamatoJames StettnerWilliam MerrickCity council meeting minutes:  http://www.phillips index.cfm? flag=5

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