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Manhattan Kansas Dogs and Dangerous Dog Ordinance

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Two new sections or the Manhattan Kansas Dangerous Dog Ordinance were recently approved by the City Commission.  Several pprevious Sections were also changed and amended.  Here is a summary of Ordinance 6646

  • Dogs must be kept on a leash whenever they are not on their owners property
  • New tethering restrictions were adopted to address the safety of public and animal cruelty issues
  • The responsibility of ownership requirements for owners of dangerous dogs was increased
  • Fines for owners that allow aggressive dogs to run at large were adopted
  • A new process was instituted to expedite the procedure for a Municipal Judge to declare a dog dangerous.
  • Wolf and coyote hybrid dogs are no longer allowed in Manhattan City limits

The City of Manhattan does not have a breed specific ban on dogs other than Wolf and Coyote Hybrids. But, dogs that are of a certain size and breed that are 'capable of inflicting life threatening injuries' are held to a very high standard.  Some of these breeds are:

  • Amercian Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentine Dogo
  • Cane Corso
  • Chow
  • Dogue de Bordeaux
  • Doberman Pinscher
  • Fila Brasileiro
  • German Shepherd
  • Perro de Presa Canario
  • Rottweiler
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • Any dog, purebred or mix, that has the appearance and characteristics of any one of the breeds above

You can view the entire Ordinance at:  www.ci.manhattan.ks.us/dogordinance

Jim Dunlap
Roberts Realty - Yucca Valley, CA
The California Legislature recently sneaked a law (it didn't hit the news until the day before voting) that required all dogs in the state to be neutered or spayed--unless you had certification from a vet that the dog was a purebred.  Fortunately they tabled it after a mass protest.
Mar 28, 2008 01:14 PM
Manhattan Kansas Property Management Homes For Rent
BCL Properties-Manhattan, KS - Manhattan, KS
Jim, that sounds like a pretty strict law.  I am sure it wouldn't fly in this area either.
Mar 28, 2008 01:24 PM
George Lambert
Tower Construction - Manhattan, KS
German Shepherd is on this list?  Don't the county police use these dogs?
Mar 28, 2008 04:10 PM
Kelvi Cunningham
ERA High Pointe Realty - Manhattan, KS
The city of Manhattan has been talking about changing this one for a while especially after some of the recent things that happened involving pit bulls in the area.  I think the real problem is owner responsability and not so much the dog.
Mar 28, 2008 05:43 PM

Hi,could someone please try get some info for me,please! I am moving to Manhattan from Ireland and want to bring my two loved dogs. They are an American Akita and a St. Bernard mix. It would break my heart to leave them behind as they are my closest friends and i love them dearly. I am trying to find out if by law i would permission to take them with me or would there be a big issue about it. Any help would be much appreciated. They are two of the friendliest and loving dogs you could ever meet.

Jul 03, 2012 11:23 AM
Jan Joan
I cant belive that rottwiler is on the list wth own a rottelwiler blue heel lab mix and he wouldent hurt a fly rottwilers are gentle giants
Mar 18, 2014 11:11 AM