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Pit Bull Ordinances: Unfounded "Facts"

Updated on May 1, 2012

City Ordinances

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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Dog Breed Ordinances

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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    • kgarcia1113 profile image

      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      January 17, 2008- 6 week old Justin Mozer was killed by a Jack Russel Terrier!! See, all dogs can kill!

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      When people tell me to get rid of my dogs I tell them I will when they get rid of their's first. Every dog bites, every dog can kill! Why is that so hard for people to get through their heads?

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      Okay three weeks ago a Retriever mauled and dismembered a 2 month old baby boy while the baby was sleeping in a swing, just on the 28th of April a Mastiff killed a baby on the kid's first birthday, in February a two day old baby was killed by the family Husky. You hear and see news stories about pit bulls killing and attacking because no one wants to believe that other dogs kill too. If we ban one breed we should ban all breeds! Or stop blindly overlooking other news stories like so many people do.

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      Kathleen Cochran 5 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Then, please, explain to the rest of us why it is always, always a pit bull in the news killing a child? I don't think I've ever heard of an incident involving another breed.

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      Dawn Ross 5 years ago

      BSL is so unfair. Notice how BSL starts with BS! It is irresponsible owners who should be punished, not the dog. Sure, some breeds have more tendency to aggression than others but if you are a responsible pet owner you will work with them and take the proper precautions.

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      Kassi Garcia 5 years ago from Las Vegas, NV, USA

      I have two pits and one super mutt, all of my dogs are big dogs because I too have had too many bites from lap dogs. I know my kids are safer with my "bullies" then with any designer dog. I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who disagrees with pit bull specific ordinances.

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      Theophanes 5 years ago from New England

      Oh for pity's sake. I own a Pit Bull who I am pretty sure was 'rescued' from someone breeding fighting dogs. She's inbred and has anxiety issues but let me tell you... if there's a child in distress anywhere she won't hesitate to jump into the situation, no matter whose kid it is. People need to realize that yes, these dogs have a few different needs than other breeds (especially if they are rescues of unknown origin and not dogs that have been knowingly bred for docile temperament) but that doesn't mean they're uncontrollable, viscous, or evil. I have my dog, in part, for protection. She's a good dog, very sweet, but if someone were to attack me I have no doubt whatsoever she'd be there for me. That doesn't make her a bad dog, it makes her good at her job! UGH. Muzzles. You want to see a viscous dog go look at all those nippy little yappy dogs. Just because they're small doesn't mean they can't do damage or shouldn't be properly controlled. I can't even count how many times I have been bitten by ill-trained lap dogs, either pissed off I was in their house or annoyed I was clipping their nails. *rolls eyes*