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Canada’s pit bull ban

Monday, October 18th, 2004

Noting that the Humane Societies are against breed specific legislation, critics of the proposed dog ban in Canada are calling the proposal unworkable for the reasons I’ve outlined here before: Mr. Roney said that because pit bulls are cross-breeds, Canadian and American kennel associations don’t recognize them as an individual breed. “Most casual observers can’t […]

Why the headline?

Tuesday, October 12th, 2004

The headline reads Pit bull victim’s family crusades for stiffer penalties. Great, sign me up. I’m all for expanding criminal charges against the owners of dogs that attack and kill people. However, that’s not what victim’s family is doing: Linda Collinsworth refuses to let her 2-year-old granddaughter die in vain. Although she and her family […]

Doggie Genocide

Friday, October 8th, 2004

Here’s how it starts: Windsor’s Humane Society is resorting to euthanizing pit bulls. In the week since Windsor city council has banned the acquisition of pit bulls and put tight restrictions on dogs already in the city, at least 10 of the animals have been turned over to the Humane Society. The general manager hopes […]

Council Bluffs BSL update

Wednesday, October 6th, 2004

Council Bluffs city council will vote on breed specific legislation soon. They want to ban pit bulls: The council may re-introduce an ordinance to ban the pit bull breeds American Staffordshire Terriers and Staffordshire Bull Terriers at its meeting next Monday night. The ordinance was defeated at the Aug. 12 council meeting on a 2-2 […]

Arkansas BSL Alert

Friday, September 24th, 2004

North Little Rock is looking at passing breed specific legislation: Some North Little Rock residents are seeking a ban on pit bulls and the city council will be holding public hearings on the proposal. North Little Rock updated its vicious dog ordinance last year to prohibit wolf hybrids, but didn’t ban a specific breed. Pit […]

First magazine capacity, now this

Wednesday, September 22nd, 2004

This is perhaps the dumbest breed specific legislation I have ever seen and I think all BSL is stupid: It is now illegal to have more than one pit bull at a location in the city of Tiffin for more than 90 days. Tiffin City Council approved an ordinance to limit one pit bull – […]

At it again

Friday, September 3rd, 2004

Council Bluffs, Iowa has been contemplating breed specific legislation for a while. Here’s my entries about it. It was defeated. However, it looks like the city council is at it again: For a second time, the Council Bluffs City Council will consider a proposed city ordinance that would ban pit bull terriers. The proposed ordinance […]

BSL In Ohio

Tuesday, August 24th, 2004

The West Lafayette voted unanimously to draft a resolution banning pit bulls from the city: The action came after several recent incidents within Coshocton County involving pit bulls or pit bull breeds, including at least three in West Lafayette this summer. Not only would the ordinance keep the dogs from living within the village, it […]

BSL Victory

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

Breed Specific Legislation in Council Bluffs, which I’ve covered before, was not passed. Good.

A little close to home

Saturday, July 31st, 2004

The mayor of Smyrna, TN wants to register vicious dogs: People who own pit bulls or other breeds officials deem vicious may have to register the animals with the town if a proposal by Mayor Bob Spivey is approved. The proposal was discussed Thursday during the Smyrna Town Council workshop. Rutherford County Animal Control officials […]

Background Checks for Dog Owners

Monday, June 28th, 2004

A particularly horrendous piece of Breed Specific Legislation is on the table in New Jersey: S1718 Would Allow a Municipality To: Require a special license for all “pit bulls” ($150-700)-including “American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Terriers and any dog determined to be a pit bull type.” Licenses may be […]

BSL On It’s Way Out

Wednesday, June 16th, 2004

Looks like Maryland lawmakers are debating a bill to get rid of breed specific legislation and replace it with legislation based on dogs actually being dangerous.

Denver BSL Update

Wednesday, May 5th, 2004

The 15 year old ban on politically incorrect dogs in Denver has been suspended. The city still plans on suing the state to uphold the breed specific legislation.

Pending BSL In Boston – Update

Friday, April 30th, 2004

As a follow up to this post on pending Breed Specific Legislation, comes this report of dog owners protesting the proposed law: A pack of pit bull owners turned up at City Hall yesterday to bark about a proposed requirement that the infamous dogs be muzzled at all times while on public property in Boston. […]

Pending BSL In Boston

Thursday, April 29th, 2004

The AKC alerts us to some potential breed specific legislation pending in Boston: Attention Boston dog owners! Councillors Rob Consalvo and James Kelly have introduced an ordinance that requires residents to register their “pit bulls” with the city at a cost of $50 annually. Pit bulls are defined as American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull […]

Another Pending BSL Victory

Wednesday, April 28th, 2004


Co. BSL Update

Friday, April 23rd, 2004


Pit Bulls Stuff

Monday, March 29th, 2004

A Veterinarian claims he has never seen a pit bull or a pit bull mix come into his adoption center: Veterinarian Dr. Bill Suro, medical director at the MaxFund Animal Adoption Center, has never seen a mixed-breed pit bull arrive at his shelter, let alone a full-blooded pit bull terrier. Of course, he’s seen lots […]

Pit Bull Ban Misguided

Monday, March 22nd, 2004


BSL Watch

Tuesday, March 16th, 2004


BSL Alert

Monday, February 23rd, 2004


Owner Responsibility

Tuesday, February 17th, 2004


BSL Watch

Monday, January 12th, 2004

A proposal is kicking off for statewide breed specific legislation in Colorado. Here’s an account of one man’s bite: Larry Oliver knew something wasn’t right with Roz, his daughter’s pit bull. For four years Roz acted like a sweet dog, but suddenly Roz was acting bizarre. She growled for no reason, with a sneer that […]

We get letters

Thursday, December 4th, 2003

Actually, we get a few. But this one I thought was worth posting: As I opened my front door to take my five year old daughter to school, a random Pit Bull (I don’t owe them the respect of using their proper name) charged through our door, approached my daughter, and as I immediatley picked […]

BSL Protest

Monday, October 27th, 2003


Stop BSL

Friday, October 10th, 2003

Denver has confiscatory breed specific legislation: (a) It shall be unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the city any pit bull. (b) Definitions. (1) An “owner,” for purposes of this chapter, is defined as any person who owns, possesses, keeps, exercises control over, maintains, […]

More BSL from Afar

Wednesday, September 24th, 2003

Here’s a link to a petition regarding Breed Specific Legislation in the UK. I should say that this petition is aimed at getting one breed exempted. I think they should just oppose BSL.

New BSL Resources

Wednesday, August 6th, 2003

I found Dog Watch, which is a good site for keeping up with pet related legislation. Two items leapt out at me, the first being this: The city council is considering a strict breeding ordinance that could severely impact your ability to breed and show dogs. Key Points of the Proposed Law: · Professional animal […]

And Here’s How It Starts

Wednesday, June 4th, 2003



Monday, April 28th, 2003

A man in Colorado rescued a dog from the pound. Animal Control Officers received complaints that it might be a pit bull. So the poor guy has spent $600 and taken time off to fight a bureaucratic system. In Colorado, pit bulls are a banned breed. Of course, the guy claims that the dog isn’t […]

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