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Dane Co. Humane Society joins debate over Watertown pet law

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Watertown alders meet tonight to discuss a proposed animal ordinance that, among other things, singles out pit bulls as high risk.
 
Dane County Humane Society is joining the debate, printing the following in an email newsletter:
 
The City of Watertown has been discussing the implementation of a breed-discriminatory ordinance for some time. Although progress has been made in educating alderpersons on why an ordinance targeting a particular breed is bad policy, we haven't swayed them entirely. At present, the proposed ordinance still contains language mandating that any pit bull terrier dog be deemed a "high risk dog," which subjects the dog's guardian to burdensome, costly and exceedingly discriminatory regulations.
 
Please help speak up and tell Watertown alderpersons that breed discrimination is wrong and makes the community vulnerable to truly dangerous dogs while, at the same time, punishing responsible dog owners and innocent dogs.  Breed-discriminatory ordinances also waste taxpayer dollars and infringe on constitutional property rights.  
 
Jefferson County Humane Society is a "no kill" shelter and expressed concerns to 27 News that the ordinance could put a burden on its resources.
 
The ordinance would ban pit bulls in apartments and require homeowners who have pit bulls to have no more than one other dog.
 
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