Your voice is needed imediately in Watertown
Speak up against the proposed breed-discrimiatory ordinance.
August 28, 2013
As you may be aware, 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 speak up to protect your companion animals, your property rights and your tax dollars. Tell Watertown alderpersons that breed discrimination is wrong and makes the community more 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.
We urge you to take action by contacting the mayor and the alderpersons immediately. To be persuasive in getting your message across, please be sure to use a polite tone in all communications. The facts speak best: Breed discrimination makes communities less safe, costs taxpayers greatly, infringes on property rights, and punishes responsible citizens.
Emily McFarland* - firstname.lastname@example.org
Ken Berg* - email@example.com
James Romlein* - jwr@R545.us
John Coughlin* - firstname.lastname@example.org
Fred Smith - email@example.com
Mark Kuehl – 261-0358, 303 S. Eighth St, Watertown, 53094
Steve Zgonc - firstname.lastname@example.org
Augie Tietz - email@example.com
Robert Stocks - firstname.lastname@example.org
Mayor John David - email@example.com
*Voted AGAINST Breed Specific Legislation- please thank them and ask for their continued support!
The Watertown City Council will have their final vote on September 3, so it is very important for us to voice our opinions now!
Pam McCloud Smith, WFHS President
August 21, 2013
Watertown Council passes first reading of dog restrictions
Watertown Daily Times
February 14, 2013
Dog ordinance changes draw overflow crowd
Watertown Daily Times
Here are articles/websites that offer ideas and talking points for a polite email or public statement addressing why breed-specific legislation doesn’t work.
Wisconsin Federated Humane Societies