Kansas City animal shelters team up to change laws

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City’s five largest animal shelters and welfare organizations are teaming up for the first time. They want metro cities and counties to pass new animal laws and policies. Some are controversial.

The coalition has three main goals:

  • See more humane management of feral cats
  • Better defined cruelty and neglect laws
  • For dangerous dog laws to be based on behavior instead of breed


That last goal will likely be the most controversial. The coalition would like to see breed-based bans lifted -- that would include bans on pit bulls.

Brent Toellner with KC Pet Project said an animal's behavior is more important than breed when it comes to designating it a dangerous animal. He said the coalition will fight to help better protect people and their pets and keep animals in their homes.

"Sixty percent of the people in Kansas City own pets, and a lot of our laws were designed 20, 30 years ago in a different time when people weren't necessarily considering pets a part of the household, and so it's really bringing some of our laws and legislation up to speed," Toellner said.

The coalition will formally announce its plans in a news conference Tuesday morning.

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