Sent: Friday, September 22, 2006 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: The Ryan Armstrong Law in Illinois and PAIDO

Dear Mayor Abramson,
City Council members,
I have read the ninth draft for your ordinance that is before you for consideration.
I have to ask if this ordinance is written for the Publics Safety in mind?
Or to target responsible dog owners in Louisville Kentucky.
Some parts I totally agree with, like multiple offenders when their dog is running at large. Holding people accountable for their dogs actions.
I am also on the Task force for Chicago, which the city council licensing & rules committee comes to us for advice prior to any ordinance being passed out of that committee.
Our task force is made up of people like myself which I have lobbied state law after nothing happened to the irresponsible dog owner after his dog almost killed my son, vets, Anti Cruelty Society of Chicago, the ASPCA, DAWG, Chicago Rescue Coalition, Illinois State Veterinary Association President.
The Director of Cook County Animal Control, the Director of Chicago Animal Care and Control.
Several Alderman form the 50 wards in Chicago.
You need a vast, broad, team of experts to draft a Fair, Doable yet extremely strict ordinance.
The key words Fair and doable...and very strict....
I am not sure what the size is of your Animal Control staff, but if you pass this ordinance you better hire a team of new people to enforce this.
It appears after reading your draft, its going after the wrong people.
Spay and neuter is very important, my sons law has provision in it when a dog is deemed dangerous and or vicious. But only once the proof has been met.
The vicious show that a un neutered male dog, is involved in 70% of the reported attacks.
Source AVMA.
Fatal Dog Attacks by Karen Delise.
Also, you may be in violation of the fifth and fourteenth amendments of the Constitution.
The right to property and the right ot due process under the law.
See the Ohio Ruling.
Below are some good links that show the stats, for what roles play involving dog attacks.
The CDC stopped reporting attacks by breeds, because it is hard for the best experts to ID a dogs breed, and you have named quite a few and any variation of that breed.
Please keep in mind that the people's rights that may be violated by this massive ordinace are the same people that vote.....

Jeff Armstrong
The Ryan Armstrong Law In Illinois
Parents Against Irresponsible Dog Owners TM/Founder
Consultant for the ACF (American Canine Foundation)
Ad Hoc Group Member /Dog-Related Public Safety /Chicago Task Force
The Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety
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Dear Mayor Abramson,
City Council members,
Leonard A. Watkins,Dr. Barbara Shanklin,Mary C. Woolridge,David W. Tandy,Cheri Bryant Hamilton,George Unseld,Kenneth C. FlemTom Owening,Tina Ward-Pugh,Jim King,Kevin Kramer,Rick Blackwell,Ron Weston,Robert Henderson,George Melton,Kelly Downard,Glen Stuckel,Julie Raque Adams,Julie Raque Adams,Hal Heiner,Stuart Benson,Dan Johnson,Robin Engel,James Peden,Madonna Flood,Doug Hawkins,Ellen Call

My name is Jeff Armstrong, and the reason for this letter is. It as been brought to my attention that Louisville Kentucky is still considering proposing restrictions on only Pit Bull Type dogs..
When my son Ryan was attacked in 2001and almost killed, yes by a stray dangerous dog who had attacked two other times. I wanted all Rottweilers off this earth period...
When I first saw my son lying there and was so near death...
Then once I got Ryan home, came to my senses and I did a ton of research. All dogs attack.
I found that one of the smallest what we all call a lap dog ( a Pomeranian) attacked a baby in a play pen and killed that baby in California.
A pack of Chihuahuas attacked a police officer in California and he had to be treated at the hospital, no he wasn't killed, but none the less attacked. If that had been a child the damage could have been as bad as if it was a large breed. As the victim's size has a lot to do with an attack.
Click here: BREITBART.COM - Pack of Angry Chihuahuas Attack Officer
Now again all dogs have teeth...
So on the first phone call that I made to my state rep, after proving whose dog almost killed my son Ryan. With the use of DNA evidence, I said all dogs this must be doable fair yet extremely strict....and the owner was charged a whopping $200.00 fine and six months court supervision because our laws lacked in Illinois...Not any more....
On August 19,2003 Governor Blagojevich signed HB184 into law, as he saw the need and all that I lobbied for must be law. Now know as the Ryan Armstrong Law in Illinois.
Illinois Public Act # 093-0548 "The Ryan Armstrong Law"
Their was nothing I could do for my son Ryan, but I could not sit back and let another irresponsible dog owners pet possible kill or seriously injure another child.
Now I have to ask, and I will not tell you how to run your fine City, but how will this stop and or curb dangerous/vicious dog attacks in Louisville?
How will singling out this breed make the children safe?
Are these the only dogs that have been cited in Louisville for attacks?
Well I would say this will do nothing to keep your city safe from dangerous dogs.
Dangerous dogs come in all sizes, shapes, colors and yes breeds.
When I testified in McHenry county after that horrible attack in Cary Illinois.
They too wanted all Pit Bulls banned. And their worst reported breed was the Labrador Retriever.
Which by the way a Labrador Retriever took off a woman's face in France just recently, that made the news as they re attached her face with a transplanted face otherwise we would have never heard about that attack. As they are not newsworthy...
So I asked them maybe that should be the banned breed as the stats show they are the bad guy in McHenry County.
The task force did agree that it will be all dogs and they supported some recent amendments and now law to Ryans Law.
They made this right and safer for the citizens of Mc Henry county.
Once you single out any particular breed the others are off the hook..
Also Ryans law states no breed profiling...
(510 ILCS 5/24) (from Ch. 8, par. 374)
    Sec. 24. Nothing in this Act shall be held  to  limit  in
any  manner  the power of any municipality or other political
subdivision to prohibit animals from running  at  large,  nor
shall  anything  in  this Act be construed to, in any manner,
limit the  power  of  any  municipality  or  other  political
subdivision  to  further  control  and regulate dogs, cats or
other  animals  in  such  municipality  or  other   political
subdivision  provided  that  no  regulation  or  ordinance is
specific to breed  including  a  requirement  of  inoculation
against rabies.
(Source: P.A. 82-783.)

Due Process
Rational Basis
Now by banning a specific breed and or restricting a breed, will this create a safer environment?
Well that answer I will leave up to you...
As you have done the research as to why they are the only dogs that attack..
I am the first to say we need to stop and or curb these senseless dog attacks, as I have witnessed what they can do to a young child ( my son ).
Also my nationwide group PAIDO does not support any breed specific legislation and or ordinances.
Governor Blagojevich signed two more dangerous dog bills into law, this past summer.
The first carries a Class 4 Felony if your dog is deemed dangerous and attacks again. And a Class 2 Felony if your dog was deemed vicious and attacks again.
Both carry prison time from 5-7 years and fines in excess of $25,OOO.
Both of these laws have now increased Ryan's Law yet another notch.
We had eleven bills this past session that were all withdrawn, and or tabled, because they contained breed specific language.
They simple do not work.
A group of elementary students had a class assignment, the school that won, their state rep would propose what the students thought would be a good bill.
The bill they wanted proposed was that municipalities in Illinois do not propose and or pass breed specific ordinances, as these children did not want to loose their long loved pets.
Synopsis As Introduced
Urges the State to encourage municipalities not to enact breed-specific dog bans and to encourage municipalities to establish programs that educate residents and to pass laws targeting irresponsible dog owners.
In closing a recent Ohio ruling has found these bans unconstitutional on several counts...If needed I will e-mail you a copy.
Thank you for your time and please make this right the people are counting on you to do this...
Please feel free to contact me if any furture information and or help is needed.
Thank you
Links Below:
Jeff Armstrong
The Ryan Armstrong Law In Illinois
Parents Against Irresponsible Dog Owners
Consultant for the ACF (American Canine Foundation)
Ad Hoc Group Member /Dog-Related Public Safety /Chicago Task Force
The Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety
I feel it is very important that villages, cites and towns look into the state
laws before they just start rounding up peoples property. They might also be in
violation of the Constitution.

And a dog can only be deemed dangerous and or vicious if it meets the
requirements. Not all Rottweilers and Pit Bulls are vicious.

Recent stories:

May 31,2006
CBS 2 Chicago interviews Ryan.

Governor signs bills to crack down on dangerous, vicious dogs
Associated Press Writer
Published May 31, 2006, 2:31 PM CDT,1,4043007.story

New laws weighed for dog owners
By Gary Washburn
Tribune staff reporter
Published May 29, 2006,1,7440004.story

RYAN KEITH Associated Press
Recent attacks prompt more legislative attention on vicious dogs
A dog's life
Pit bulls and shepherds and chows * oh my! Being vicious isn't easy, and I
should know. Armstrong is a big deal in doggie politics;

From The Northwest Herald
Changes sought for dog law

Pit bulls to be tested for marijuana
Tribune staff reporter By Carolyn Starks
Published November 15, 2005, 8:25 PM CST,1,3883886.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Harsher penalties in dog attacks urged


Prison sought in animal attacks
Stiff punishment outlined for owners,1,170062.story

"Forget the warning shot," said Jeff Armstrong, a founder of Parents Against
Irresponsible Dog Owners and the father of a boy who survived a dog attack. "Put
them in jail."

Attacking pit bull shot by cop

Boland calls for tougher vicious animal laws

His board has a unique perspective because Trustee Judy Armstrong is related to
the Ryan Armstrong, the young boy who was injured in Leyden Township in Cook
County in 2003. His father, Jeff, is h er brother-in-law and he pushed for the
law that was eventually named for his son, who suffered damages to his hand,
chest and forearm.

Famous Postings
Jeff Armstrong, a man I admire greatly for making a difference. Ryan's Law in
Illinois is named for his son who was attacked by a Rottweiler. When local
politicians said, 'Jeff, let's ban that breed!' Jeff did his homework and
learned that there's no logical reason to blame a breed, but rather to create
laws that ho ld people to be responsible for what their animals do.
Steve Dale WGN Pet Central show

Leyden man still battles to curb vicious pets BY CHUCK FIELDMAN

ASPCA on line meeting tapes.

PAIDO: Parents Against Irresponsible Dog Owners

Illinois Public Act # 093-0548 "The Ryan Armstrong Law"

August 19, 2003

Blagojevich signs law to protect the public from vicious dogs
Legislation spurred by attack on Leyden Tow nship youth

Father fights for tougher laws after son attacked by Rottweiler

One man's crusade

Governor signs bill to protect people from Dangerous dogs.
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Jeff Armstrong decided he couldn't let it happen to other children.

Savino's Dog Bill becomes Law. / ml

Silvestri wants dog law

Public Meeting.

Cook County has adopted the "Ryan Armstrong Law"


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WHEREAS, House Bill 184, "An Act Regarding Vicious Dogs", sponsored by State
Representative Angelo "Skip" Saviano was recently approved by the Illinois State
Legislature and signed into law by Governor Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday, August
19th, 2003 in unincorporated Leyden Township; and

WHEREAS, House Bill 184 was enacted as a result of a vicious attack on 9 year
old Ryan Armstrong, in Leyden Township; and

WHEREAS, House Bill 184 provides additional responsibilities upon neglectful or
malicious dog owners and additional penalties on such dog owners for the vicious
conduct towards humans and other animals.

NOW, THEREFORE, AND IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED, that the President and Members of the
Cook County Board of Commissioners amends the Cook County Animal Control
Ordinance to revoke Section 20-10 regarding vicious dogs and to approve and
incorporate the provisions of a new Section 20-10 as follows:  "The Ryan
Armstrong Law", enacted into law as HB 184 as Sections 20-10 A. through 20-10 L.

  M.     Effective Date.

  This Act takes effect upon becoming law.

Approved and adopted this 22nd day of January 2004

Illinois Leader
http://www.illinoislea rs/lettersview.asp?c=12018

Armstrong Law puts Illinois on right track
By William Barker, M.D., Bettendorf

Victim's dad sees past breed ban
By Jeff Armstrong, Parents Against Irresponsible Dog Owners, Melrose Park, Ill.

You cannot prevent a tragedy that has already happe ned. You can lead your
community towards effective, efficient, fair and enforceable dog legislation
which, when coupled with community education, will make your community safer.

Breed banning did not help that poor woman that was brutally murdered!

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An email was received from Jeff Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong's son Ryan was attacked
by a Rottweiler about 4 years ago. The person who owned the dog received a slap
on the wrist for his negligence which almost cost his son his life. Jeff
Armstrong spearheaded the efforts to get a law passed in Illinois called the
Ryan Armstrong law. This law was passed in 2003 and holds dog owners criminally
liable for the actions of their dogs. Mr. Armstrong addressed the Committee and
explained his story and the law he pushed for. He explained the importance of
dog socialization and thinks that the dog park is an excellent idea and added
that he will be there for any support he can give.

10/5/03: Mauled kids bring outcry for dog laws with teeth

12/17/03: Proposed dog law provides penalties

Constitutional Issues will arise under the Fifth & Fourteenth Amendment:

Amendment V No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise
infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in
cases arising in the land or naval forc es, or in the milit ia, when in actual
service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the
same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled
in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life,
liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be
taken for public use, without just compensation.

Amendment XIV Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States,
and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and
of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which
shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor
shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due
process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal
protection of the laws. 

Jeff Armstrong
The Ryan Armstrong Law In Illinois
Parents Against Irresponsible Dog Owners TM/Founder
Consultant for the ACF (American Canine Foundation)
Ad Hoc Group Member /Dog-Related Public Safety /Chicago Task Force
The Chicago Task Force on Companion Animals and Public Safety