Malden MaYOR VETOES breed-specific legislation (BSL); SENDS BACK NEW LANGUAGE
Malden Mayor Gary Christenson vetoed the proposed breed-specific ordinance passed by the Malden City Council via a 7-4 vote on April 3rd (see the breakdown of the votes in the chart below).
We applaud Mayor Christenson for his common-sense approach to preventing dog bites and his effort to take the time to create an ordinance that will work -- and not to provide a solution that is a soundbite only.
A special thanks to Councilor Barbara Murphy who has advocated for a strong, effective dog bite prevention ordinance that gets at what we all want -- to prevent dog bites from all breeds of dogs.
Please thank Mayor Christenson and Councilor Murphy for their efforts! Read the version the Mayor returned to City Council. The City Council did not override the Mayor's veto, or pass the version that he returned to them, so the ordinance goes back to committee. Read more
MALDEN CITY COUNCIL (If you live in Malden, please contact your ward councilor and all at-Large councilors). Look up your ward councilor here -- look for your ward number and match it below).
no = voted against breed-specific ordinance; yes = voted for it.
For more information, see www.mspca.org/bsl.