Pitbull Laws - Boston's Idiotic Pit Bull Ordinance
Who is getting licensed? Me or the Dog?
Today I received in the mail a notice from Boston Animal Control. Apparently my most recent visit to the vet resulted in the veterinarian narking on me about having a pit bull because all I got in the mail from Animal Control was a slim piece of paper showing info about her rabies vaccine and then an Application for Pit Bull Dog License form.
In addition to the usual evidence you need to provide for any dog license (spay/neuter certificate and rabies certificate), I also have to provide:
- a photo of my dog (taken within 30 days)
- a photo of me (taken within 30 days)
- Written permission from the homeowner acknowledging permission to have a pitbull
- Signatures acknowleding compliance with muzzle law and signage on my front lawn.
I have to put up a sign visible from a 100 feet away that says "Pit Bull Dog" or "Beware of Dog"
Since I can't pick up and move to New Hampshire as I'd like to do (oh, and I really would if it was fiscally viable at the moment), I'm going to have a custom sign made up that says "Pit Bull Dog on Premises -- But it's the Owner who Bites"
I'm going to continue to be a scofflaw on the muzzle issue. There doesn't seem to be a single dog owner in the entire city who pays any attention to the leash laws here so I feel fairly safe at the park without the damn muzzle, but I wouldn't be surprised if Animal Control did drive-by checks on the lawn. I'd love to know how someone who lives in an apartment building is going to handle this requirement. Ask the landlord if they can put a big sign in front of the apt building? Or maybe a sign in front of their apt. door? Yeah, that's effective.
Y'know, there are so many reasons to loathe Massachusetts and its socialist agenda, but this is really the straw that breaks the camel's back.
My "Vicious" Pit Bull
You'll note she's actually a Pit Bull mix and not a pure Pit. Both must be licensed and the definition of "pit bull" is basically any dog any animal control officer says is a Pit Bull. The law specifically states that the Animal Control officer is the sole determiner of breed.
Photos from my Sidekick
The photos above were taken on our Road Trip across country in 2005. I was in Colorado and really needed to nap. Once I took over the front seats, the only place left for Louise was the dashboard.
I woke to find people pointing and giggling. :)
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