Supervisor Neil Derry

San Bernardino County, CA — In tomorrow morning’s meeting of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, they will consider an ordinance that would dictate that all pit bull and pit bull-like dogs within the County’s unincorporated areas (which would include Big Bear City, Baldwin Lake and Fawnskin) be spayed or neutered. This ordinance pertaining to all pit bulls age four months and older is prompted, in part, by the fact that they represent 20 percent of all dogs admitted to county animal shelters, while also in the top three breeds for dogs impounded and the number one breed to be euthanized. “Our ultimate goal is to make San Bernardino County a safe community for residents and their pets,” says our Third District County Supervisor Neil Derry. “This ordinance goes as far as state law will allow us to go in addressing an issue that is clearly of great concern to the public.” Derry is co-sponsoring the ordinance (which goes before the Board during the 10am June 22 meeting) with First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. The pit bull ordinance was created with the County’s Animal Care and Control Division and, per overseeing Public Health Division Chief Brian Cronin, “The objective is to decrease the number of pit bull and pit bull-type dogs running at large in the community, and reduce impounds and euthanasia of this breed while decreasing the costs to taxpayers.”
And, just a note: County Supervisor Derry will be in the Big Bear Valley on Saturday, June 26. He will be joining the Sugarloaf Property Owners Association for the summer potluck, at the Sugarloaf Fire Station at 10am. Local singing duo the Heart Lights will be providing entertainment for the gathering. (Attendees asked to bring a dish or dessert to share; sandwiches and drinks will be provided.)