Breed-Specific Laws

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Imagine buying a new home and moving to a new state with two beloved pets. Now imagine that the two beloved pets are a six year old Pit bull and a three year old Rottweiler. Upon the completion of the move, it is necessary to take both of the dogs for a well-deserved walk in their new neighborhood. From out of nowhere comes a police officer who kindly states that the dogs are prohibited in the state and will need to be taken to the local animal control office to be euthanized. Upon asking the officer why the dogs are prohibited, he simply says because they are bred to be aggressive. The news has caused much confusion and sorrow about how it is that family pets that have resided in the same home and shared the same bed for so many years could be considered aggressive. Pleading with the officer to allow the pets is useless and the officer politely reinforces the law by saying that there is a $10,000 fine associated with keeping aggressive type animals. The officer clearly states that there will not be any way to obtain a home owners insurance policy until the dogs no longer reside in the home. The officer leaves but not before issuing a citation that gives a deadline that the precious pets must be taken for euthanizing. What is the next best course of action? Sell the new home and move again? Is that even a financial possibility? The scenario is not real, but the situation is very real. Breed-Specific laws are not only ineffective, but they also target certain breeds that are considered to be naturally aggressive; when in reality the dog's behavior is a reflection of a desire to please his or her owner.
To further elaborate, Breed-Specific laws as defined by the American Humane Society ( is; "the ...

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...etter use Animal Control resources. Dog laws need to be enforced to the extent of protecting the public without showing bias to one breed of dog. Breed- Specific laws are no more humane than racial profiling and should be treated just the same and eliminated. In the words of Caesar Millan "When it comes to dogs, the beast is often the two legged animal at the end of the leash."

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Lambert, J. (2005, March 4). Government Collars Pit Bulls With Breed Ban. Torstar Syndcation Services, p 13
Campbell, D.M. (2005). Pit Bull Bans: The State of Breed-Specific Legislation, GP Solo, 26(5), 36-41
US Newswire. (2013), American Humane Association Applauds President Obama for Joining Group Opposed to Breed-Specific Legislation. Retrieved from (
The American Humane Society
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