Monday, Monday: Pitbulls, Candidates Night, Road Closed, Taxes

Grab some coffee and a buckle down. The week is starting off with a bang.


Council - The Woonsocket City Council meets tonight, 7 p.m. at Harris Hall, third floor in City Hall. On their agenda, among other things - a resolution that will prohibit the ownership or sale of pitbulls within city limits. (See attached .pdf.)

Candidates - If the primary candidates night didn't satisfy your curiosity about your choices come Nov. 6, you've got another chance, this time with fewer faces since Sept. 11. Tonight at Woonsocket High School, 777 Cass Ave., at 6:30 p.m. at the Woonsocket Candidate Education Forum.

Candidates Senator Roger A. Picard,  Senator Marc A. Cote, Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt (D-Dist. 49) Rep. John D. Brien (D-Dist. 51) Rep. Robert D. Phillips (D-Dist. 50), Candidate for Dist. 49 Michael Moniz, Candidate for Dist. 51 Stephen M. Casey and Candidate for Dist. 50 Christopher Roberts will attend. Among other issues, the candidates will discuss their thoughts on education in Woonsocket. Superintendent Giovanna Donoyan will moderate the event. 

Road closed - Tuesday and Wednesday, Rhodes Avenue will be closed from Second Avenue to Mendon Road (North Smithfield) for necessary sewer main repair work in the area of Seventh Avenue. There will be no thru traffic or trucking from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. City workers will be fixing a sewer line on Rhodes, so maybe it's just as well you won't be able to drive through there. 

Taxes - The second payment of Woonsocket property owners' quarterly taxes are due today. The 2012 tax bills were mailed on July 6th for real estate and personal property.  Taxes are due in four (4) quarterly payments unless the amount due is less than $100, then the bill must be paid in full on the first quarter due date. The next two due dates are Jan.15, 2013 and April 15, 2013.  

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Andie October 16, 2012 at 06:59 PM
It is unfortunate that the deck appears stacked against the responsible dog owner. There are so many loose dogs in my neighborhood alone and yet none of them are pitbulls. I can't even walk my dog in my neighborhood because I'm afraid that the loose dogs will charge my dog. I'm not afraid of dogs, but my dog is. I do have a pit bull, he is always leashed, always in my control or fenced in my yard under supervision. What we need here in Woonsocket is to enforce the dog ordinances we all ready have. Calling Animal control to complain about a loose dog is a crap shoot, sometimes they come, most of the time they do not that is if you can even get someone on the phone. BSL is expensive, who is going to pay for the impoundment of the dogs they are going to want to destroy? Who is going to pay for the euthanasia? Who will be enforcing this new ordinance? Who is going to pay that salary? Are we going to give the same underfunded Animal Control department the responsibility to enforce this lesgislation when they have proven they are incapable of enforcing the laws we all ready have? So we're going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars impounding and euthanizing dogs (something our current animal shelter probably doesn't have the capacity to keep up with) and collect only a small portion of that back in fines. Our city has enough financial burdens, aside from this being a terrible idea for the animals, it's a terrible idea for our wallets.
Paradis October 17, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Andie, my experiences mirror yours exactly. We already comply with the current laws plus spay/neuter and microchip. My yard is fenced, they enjoy playing outside, but live in the house. They are already covered under my home insurance which is something all home and dog owners should do regardless of breed. Our animal control is rarely available, hasn't been in years. I have called to complain about off leash dogs coming after us or putting themselves and drivers in danger many times with the same lack of response you describe. NONE of the dogs were pit bulls. I've been growled at and/or chased by off lead GSDs, Labs and a Husky. One Lab caused me to fall and injure myself, I did not report him since he was always contained other than that day. The many other roaming dogs were a variety of breeds. I finally stopped walking my dogs in this city due to fear for our safety. I was bitten by a White GSD as a child (yes Mr. Ward, it was a GSD, not a wolf). The dog "latched" onto me and wouldn't let go as it pulled me to the ground. The owner finally came out and helped my mother get it off me. I required expensive hospital care including plastic surgery to repair the damage. It was the owner's fault. I know the horror of being a dog bite victim. ENFORCE the laws we already have so that we will ALL be safe. No lame excuses please, the state laws don't prevent enforcement and fines, incompetence does.
Pitlover October 21, 2012 at 12:14 PM
I sent a letter via email to the Mayor and City Council members expressing my opposition to this ban and why. Mr. Dubois responded saying he would not support the legislation. As a responsible pitbull owner for many years, I don't feel we should be punished because of the irresponsible owners in the city. My dogs are people-friendly, animal-friendly and are in the house most of the time. My yard is fenced. I agree with many of the previous comments. We should all go on Nov. 5 and bring our dogs!
John Ward October 21, 2012 at 06:35 PM
Fro the record, I have always said that this was a copy of Pawtucket's ordinance; an exact copy. It was not submitted by the administration, I prepared it and I did not use the search and replace feature. I have always said that I would schedule a work session to receive information from the police department (where the original request came from) and we will be hearing from the animal control officer in Pawtucket so we can find out how effective the ordinance has been. I will also be presenting the state stautes governing dogs that control what we do locally. We will then have a public hearing on the question on November 5th beginning at 6:30 pm so everyone else that wants to be heard can have their 3 minutes to express themselves on the question. If anyone has documentation they want to provide or a letter to express their views, they should mail (or email) them to the City Clrek's office so they can be distributed to the members of the council. All clerical errors i this instance were mine, but it will get a full and fair hearing before the council acts.
Jay Scott October 24, 2012 at 03:03 AM
At the 10/22 meeting, the police chief began his remarks with a lament about being 16 officers short, with three additional unable to report for duty. Also, we heard of the laughable $17,000 budget for animal control, and the Woonsocket shelter with 13 pens. Contrast that with Pawtucket's 47 pens, and $250,000+ budget! We then heard the sage answer to these budgetary concerns, which was 'let's get a law passed, and work out the details later'. Reminds me a lot of Obamacare.


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