^This link provides deep documentation, video evidence, etc. regarding the Council’s intent.

Overall background: There’s roughly 75 million dogs in this country, 5-10 million of which are Pit Bull-type dogs. This number could easily be higher, as “breed identification” in regards to what is or what isn’t a Pit Bull is a subjective process. Approximately 25-30 people per year die from dog-related incidents in the United States. This includes fatalities from all breeds combined. 99.99999999999999999999999999999999999999% of all dogs, no matter the breed or type, are completely innocent. Of those 25-30 fatalities per year, almost every incident routinely involves either a loose dog, a chained resident dog, and/or unsupervised children. California already has a universal leash law, an anti-chaining law, and a breed-neutral “dangerous dog” law ... These are rarely enforced. Pasadena background: Councilman Steve Madison has desired since at least 2012 to see that Pit Bulls are banned from Pasadena. Once he realized that this was against state law, this desire shifted into a piece of legislation that targeted all Pit Bulls for sterilization, which is the only line of breed targeting currently “legal” in California. This was defeated in 2012 at a Committee level, got turned into a mandatory spay/neuter proposal for ALL dogs, which was then tabled by the City Council on October 7th, 2013. It was on this same day that the focus was shifted back to Pit Bulls, and on November 25th, 2013 the Council voted to both craft a breed-specific ordinance and instruct the Mayor to begin contacting legislators in an attempt to overturn state law. This breed-specific ordinance is now up for a vote on Monday, January 27th, 2014. Quotes from Councilman Madison, who gets his erroneous and bias “statistics” from Pit Bull hate group DogsBite.org:
10/1/2012: “Time after time, a Pit Bull chews a kid to death somewhere, and I’m not going to let that happen in Pasadena. I would have no problem saying Pasadena’s a special place: If you want to live here, come, but don’t bring your Pit Bull.” 7/8/2013: “We read about it over and over and over how these Pit Bull breeds kill either small children or elderly people. It happened earlier this year in Antelope Valley, and it’s always happening, and I don’t want that to happen in Pasadena. I don’t think this ordinance is as effective as what I had hoped, which was a ban, but I think we have to do what we can.” 10/8/2013: “This is going to happen in Pasadena if we don’t do something about it. At least fifty percent of the fatal dog attacks on humans are caused by Pit Bull breeds. There’s no sound policy reason why a community like Pasadena shouldn’t be allowed to ban such dangerous animals. We should also keep pursuing in Sacramento a wake up call to state legislature so that local communities can decide whether or not they want to have these Pit Bulls that cause such a disproportionate share of fatal and severe injuries on humans.” 10/9/2013: “It’s only a matter of time until we have another attack in Pasadena. But, inexplicably, state law prohibits municipalities from adopting breed-specific legislation. So the spay and neuter ordinance is a tepid response to an urgent problem. At present, it’s all we can do, supposedly. We should change this state law and then immediately ban Pit Bulls from Pasadena before we have another attack that might cause death or severe injury to a kid or a senior.” 11/25/2013: “They are a much, much, much more dangerous breed. Period. No right-thinking person could deny that.” 11/25/2013: “There's just no sound public policy reason why a community like Pasadena shouldn't be allowed to ban such dangerous animals.” 11/25/2013: “Bred for thousands of years to be a killer.”

So this is quite clearly a circumvention of state anti-BSL law by regulating certain dogs, deemed by someone to fit a certain physical appearance, through sterilization measures. No one has a problem with spaying and neutering, but it should be voluntary, accessible and affordable for the entire community, and promoted through educational measures. Demonizing vague groups of dogs based solely on how they visually appear is counterproductive to everything truly related to public safety, and further, is clear and basic discrimination of the highest order. To attend: Monday, January 27th, 100 N. Garfield Ave., Pasadena, CA 91109 at 7:00pm in City Hall Council Chamber S249. Get there early, it will be packed! Anyone can speak during public comment! Please do not bring any dogs.