Residents of Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County stand to indicate their position on a proposal to lift a county ban on pit bulls during Thursday's meeting of the Unified Government Commission.
Throughout the 20th Century our perception and treatment of cats and dogs changed from that of working animal to treasured companion. We brought them inside and made them members of our family. As society changed, however, those animals went from the constant stimulation from and occupation with the outdoor environment to that provided by stay-at-home mothers and children to often being home alone for eight hours or more every weekday.
Law enforcement dogs these days can do some incredible things: sniffing out the chemicals used to start an arson fire, getting illegal drugs off our streets, or finding evidence in shootings and explosives investigations.
On this edition of Up to Date, host Steve Kraske meets three law enforcement dogs, and their handlers, to find out what it takes for a dog to become a key part of a law enforcement team.
Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans"—restrictions on specific breeds thought to be dangerous, like pit bulls and rottweilers. Kansas City does not have any bans, but the city does require all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.
The following area communities do have pit bull bans:
• Independence, Mo. • Leawood, Kan. • Liberty, Mo. • Marion, Kan. • Overland Park, Kan. • Platte City, Mo. • Prairie Village, Kan. • Roeland Park, Kan. • Shawnee, Kan.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri Proposition B squeaked in last night by two points.
Supporters say the measure will require dog breeders to provide safer and cleaner conditions for animals.
At the 75th Street Brewery, a group of nearly forty had dwindled to seven when Proposition B was declared victorious just before midnight. Dispelling some campaign rumors, a spokesperson for the Missourians for the Protection of Dogs says they have no other plans to set up rules for the treatment of animals in business or agriculture in Missouri.