As Prairie Village debates lifting pit bull ban, former residents organize education event in Mission

"Lucky" will be at the education session next Sunday.
“Lucky” will be at the education session next Sunday.

When Prairie Village opened the public discussion on the possibility removing the city’s ban on pit bull breeds, more than 30 speakers lined up to give their opinions.

One of those supporting removal of the ban was Jenna Beardé who said her family moved out of the city because their boxer mix had been reported multiple times to animal control as a pit bull. She told the council, whose members include her mother, Serena Schermoly, that she did not want to worry any longer about her dogs being taken away.

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Pit Bull education program
2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 28
5616 Johnson Drive in Mission

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Now Jenna and her husband Michael, who own Beardé Salon at 5616 Johnson Drive in Mission, are organizing a meet and greet education event about pit bulls from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the salon.

“I really want to reach people who are hesitant about pit bulls,” Jenna said.

Pit bulls will be at the event, including “Lucky The Pitbull” who was abandoned in a house for over a month and when he managed to escape was shot by a nearby property owner. Lucky was saved and now has been adopted. He has taken on some celebrity and has his own Facebook page.

The Beardés also had a hit with a video of their son reading to the family pit bulls recently. Jenna said the family moved out of Prairie Village before her mother became a member of the city council, but had lived only a block away from her.

Specifically invited to the event, Beardé said, are residents of the three cities in Johnson County that still have breed specific legislation: Prairie Village, Overland Park and Leawood. Several animal experts, dog behaviorists, veterinarians, and representatives from Great Plains SPCA will be present with information, education, and to answer any and all questions regarding breed specific legislation.