Palm Beach County Considers Changes to Dog Laws

Along with other issues, Palm Beach County commissioners agreed to research new regulations for dangerous dogs. They stopped short of making changes to pit bulls, specifically, but the court attorney’s office and animal control officials are looking for ways to better protect the public from dangerous dogs. Fortunately, several commissioners did not want to make [...]
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Reynoldsburg May Repeal Breed Ban

Pit Bulls have been banned in Reynoldsburg since 1996, and come July 2014, the ban will be up for repeal. Monica DeBrock was one of a handful of Reynoldsburg residents who joined animal and legal experts on an advisory committee to study the city’s animal ordinances. The council pulled together the committee after months of [...]
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Could Aurora, Denver Repeal Pit Bull Ban?

After being on the books for about eight years, the Public Safety Committee of Aurora, Denver finally held an informal vote to repeal the pit bull ban that’s been in place since 2006. Unfortunately, only four of the ten members voted to repeal the ban. City Councilwoman Barb Cleland, the chairman of Public Safety, said  [...]
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Maryland Reverses Pit Bull Bill

The Maryland House of Delegates approved the court ruling to reverse the bill that deemed pit bulls as “inherently dangerous” and caused a greater level of scrutiny to cases that involved this “type” of dog. This is a big step in the right direction for the breed and for dogs with pit bull characteristics. They [...]
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada Pet Ownership Bylaw

Calgary, Alberta, Canada has seen great success with their Responsible Pet Ownership Bylaw. They have become well known for their high pet registration and reclamation rates, as well as their very low rates of euthanasia. The bylaw emphasizes reasonable and proper pet care. Where other cities in Canada focus on banning certain breeds, Calgary decided [...]
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Dangerous Dog

Many local governments that have implemented “dangerous dog” laws that are directed towards specific breeds or types of dogs. These laws assume that all dogs of a certain breed are more likely to bite than other breeds. These laws should be acknowledging that most dogs, of any breed, are not a danger to society. In [...]
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Spanish Dangerous Animal Act

The Spanish Dangerous Animal Act was enacted in 1999. Upon assessment, the act shows that it has proven ineffective in protecting people from dog bites in any signficant manner. A higher frequency of bite incidents was found in lower populated areas, such as towns and villages, over more highly populated urban areas. This may be [...]
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Prince George County Ban

In 2003, Prince George County, Maryland comprehensively examined BSL. A Vicious Animal Task Force was formed to scrutinize the merit of the local pit bull ban to inform the county on its effectiveness and to recommend improvements on the legislation. The Task Force began with an extensive review of dog bites and exposure statistics provided [...]
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Ohio Pit Bull Ban

Ohio has had a vicious dog law in effect since the 1980s. This law states that without provocation, a vicious dog meets the following criteria: Has killed or caused serious injury to any person. Has caused injury, other than killing or serious injury to any person, or has killed another dog. Belongs to a breed [...]
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