Pit Bull Ordinances: Unfounded "Facts"
City ordinances are laws put in place by cities and towns to cover things that aren't covered by State or Federal laws. They are enforced as laws however only cover the area in which the city or town controls and governs. These can be for large cities or small one road towns. They are usually classified as a municipal code.
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City ordinances across the United States have begun to include breed specific topics. These include requiring residents to have special homeowners insurance and notices posted on property for specific breeds. However, in Malden, Massachusetts they have pushing for a more strict type of ordinance, a muzzle law. If the mayor of Malden signs the new ordinance into affect it will begin May 1st of this year. It would require that residents of the city put a muzzle on any Pit Bull type dog. The only way for Pit Bull owners to legally go around the muzzle ordinance would be to get their dog licensed before May 1st. American Pit Bull Terrier owners in Malden are outraged at this proposed ordinance. Any dog that appears to be of Pit Bull nature acquired after May 1st, even if licensed, would be required to be muzzled at all times when out side the home where it resides.
Many groups around the United States are fighting BSL in cities and towns. Many of the laws and ordinances are unconstitutional some are down right against laws that are already in place. One example is a breed ban in Denver, Colorado. The Pit Bull ordinance states that no American Pit Bull Terrier is allowed in Denver for any reason, which includes a service/medical dog. According to the Americans with Disabilities Act any dog breed can be used as a service animal as long as it is trained and suitable for person it works with. For example, a small breed dog would not be good as a medical response dog if the owner has mobility issues and may need help getting up. In this case, a large breed dog would be preferred, as it would need to help a full gone adult to stand.
These ordinances are hurting not only responsible pit bull owners and families but also the pit bulls. Many of places where Pit Bulls are banned will confiscate and euthanize the dogs without thought or concern. They view the dogs as dangerous not on a case-by-case basis but as a whole. Many people think that if one attacks then all will attack.
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