"dangerous breed" laws in your city?

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  1. Michiyo-Fir

    Michiyo-Fir New Member

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    Do you guys have laws for what the city has deemed "dangerous breeds?"

    Our city specifies that dogs have to be licensed and the fee for "dangerous breeds" per year is $255 for intact "dangerous dogs" and $204 for desexed "dangerous dogs."

    The definition of dangerous dog here other than dogs that have a bite history is

    "a Pit Bull Terrier, American Pit Bull Terrier, Pit Bull,
    Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire
    Terrier, or any dog of mixed breeding which
    includes any of these breeds; or any dog which
    has the appearance and physical characteristics
    predominantly conforming to the standards for
    any of the above breeds"

    Also, this is what gets to me. It says that ALL dogs of the above mentioned breeds must be on a leash and muzzled at all times unless in your own private property.

    What do you guys think about that law?? I don't think all pit mixes should be muzzled when out in public. That's just ridiculous...
     
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    All of Ontario does yes. But, it is close to being overturned. People are seemingly finally getting their %@#% together and using common sense. So close, so very close.
     
  3. Michiyo-Fir

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    I'm in BC... Do most of Canada have these kind of laws??
     
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    I don't believe so, no. I think MOST of Canada is smarter than that, luckily.
     
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    Pit Bull Law

    It is illegal in Miami-Dade County to own or keep American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, or any other dog that substantially conforms to any of these breeds' characteristics. For more information, view the Miami-Dade County ordinance, Chapter 5, Sec. 5-17.

    There is a $500 fine for acquiring or keeping a pit bull dog and court action to force the removal of the animal from Miami-Dade County.

    and the full oridinance is here: http://www.miamidade.gov/animals/library/ordinance__89-22_pit_bull.pdf
    (don't read if you are easily angered)

    Basically, dogs are confiscated if found. Temperament tested and I believe are kept at the shelter for 5 days. 5 days to either be adopted out outside the city or put down.
     
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    There isn't any in our town, thankfully.
     
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    A few towns in MA have BSl. Most of the laws have a limit on the number of pit bulls allowed per household (1 or 2), require spay/neuter of pit bulls, require a special liscence or liability insurance, require a sign on the property warning that they have pit bulls, and require them to be leashed and muzzled off property. Two towns have them banned.
     
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    Virginia doesn't have BSL, we are one of several states who's state law bans such language from all county and city ordinances. However, Loudoun County Animal Care and Control puts down all pit bulls just for being pit bulls, and actually fought for their right in court to do so (and won, since there is no law prohibiting shelters from euthanizing whatever animal they feel like for whatever reason). Pretty much all the other shelters around here will adopt pit bulls to the public, but some of them have prohibitive requirements for adoption, such as fencing you must have, or must own your own home, etc.

    ETA: I wanted to add that although there is no BSL, rentals and apartment complexes do have bans of breeds at their discretion. The complex I live in has quite a lengthy list.
     
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    We have a mandatory spay and neuter after 4 months. Not the same but many associate the two.
     
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    There is BSL on the base.

    No dobermans, any bully breeds, hybrids, Akitas, Chows, and recently Sibes. They grandfathered Zander in. They also term "aggressive behavior" by running the fence, escaping, barking, other random dog things. It's stupid, how "selective" these breeds are. Sibes, but not Malamutes? Really? Dobes, but not GSDs? It's stupid.

    Great Falls itself has no BSL as far as I know. But they do require your dog to be licensed and recorded with the city. It's a smaller fee. $20 for neutered dogs, maybe $40 for intact? Think there is also a breeding clause in there. I haven't looked at it since moving on base. But the system works. The amount of running dogs is very minimal. Owners get fined for loose dogs, I think. Most of the dogs in our shelter are from out of town, from the farms and ranches.
     
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    There is no BSL in my city, but Louisiana does have places where BSL exists.

    With that said, unless your dog has actually put it's teeth on someone, then it should not be labeled as a "dangerous dog"'nor should it have it follow such accompanying laws.

    Just because my dog was born an American Pit Bull Terrier doesn't mean he's dangerous.

    I despise comparisons between dogs and humans, but I have no problems with such comparisons on this issue. If a person is born into a certain race/ethnicity, it doesn't mean he's inherently dangerous. And it sure doesn't mean he should have to have a "Guilty until proven innocent" sign slapped on his forehead and be forced to wear handcuffs and shackles when out in public.

    Honestly, I'll euthanize my dogs before I force them to have to wear muzzles and keep them on 2-ft leads when out in public (much less oblige by any other asinine baseless laws).
     
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    My city doesn't believe in breed bans or raised fees for so called dangerous breeds thankfully. It can be harder to rent homes if you have a "dangerous" breed, but that has nothing to do with the city and everything to do with the person renting the place out. And some insurance companies won't accept you or will make things harder for you if you have a dangerous breed, but again, that's not the city.
     
  13. mutts

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    I live in small town in Saskatchewan and they are disallowing people from getting new pit bull or bully breeds BUT if you already had them then they will not remove them from your home. They are also disallowing-- Rottweilers, Doberman, Mastiffs, and Malamutes.
    It's sad and silly. Some people shouldnt have these breeds (or any dog) but there are plenty of responsible owners that know what they are doing and how to handle their dogs.
     
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    Edmonton the Major city that I live outside of has a bylaw:

    Restricted Dogs
    -Special regulations apply to some dogs, in addition to all other pet regulations, to protect public safety. The dogs that must follow these additional regulations are called “restricted dogs.â€

    -It is not illegal to own a restricted dog in Edmonton, as long as all regulations are followed.

    Definition of Restricted Dog
    Animal Licensing and Control Bylaw defines a "restricted dog" as any dog -that:

    -Has chased, attacked or bitten any person or animal causing physical injury and resulting in a conviction under this bylaw.
    -Has chased, attacked or bitten any person or animal on more than one occasion, with or without causing physical injury, and resulting in separate convictions under this bylaw.
    -Has been the subject of an order under the
    Alberta Dangerous Dogs Act.
    -Is certified by an Alberta licensed veterinarian to be primarily of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier breed, as defined by the Canadian Kennel Club.
    -Is certified by an Alberta licensed veterinarian to be primarily of the American Staffordshire Terrier breed, as defined by the Canadian Kennel Club.
    Note: The restricted dog definition does NOT include any dog that is registered, or eligible for registration, with the Canadian Kennel Club as a purebred Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.


    Regulations and Fines
    If you own or are caring for a restricted dog, there are special regulations that apply. Failure to comply with the regulations result in the following fines:

    Regulation Description Fine
    Licence
    The licence fee for a restricted dog is $250 per year and the dog must have a valid licence. $500
    Insurance You must have a minimum of $1 million liability insurance that specifically covers damages for personal injury caused by the restricted dog. $500

    Off Property of Owner If you take the restricted dog off your property, you must ensure it is:
    Under control
    Muzzled
    Held on a leash no longer than two metres
    $500

    On Property of Owner When the restricted dog is on your own property, you must have it kept one of the following ways at all times:
    Indoors
    Outdoors, secured in a fully enclosed pen
    Outdoors, muzzled and secured by a chain fixed to the property that prevents the restricted dog from coming closer than two metres to the apparent boundary of the property
    $500

    Attacks* Property damage

    Chase, attack or bite any person or animal

    Chase, attack or bite any person or animal causing physical injury
    $500
    $500
    $2500

    So needless to say I am glad I don't live in Edmonton because I would have to pay a nice fee every year to have Mitzu, have her muzzled when we went off the property and kept her on a 2 feet leash.

    And in Sparwood, BC where we are moving there is no laws!! YAY!!
     
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    Yep, Ontario does. APBT or any dog that so much as resembles an APBT must be leashed and muzzled at all times outside unless in your (fenced) private property.
     
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    The entire United Kingdom bans the following...

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/HomeAndCommunity/InYourHome/AnimalsAndPets/DG_180098

    You CAN own a Pit Bull, but only if it is licensed, kept on a lead at all times outdoors, muzzled, microchipped, tattooed, neutered and obviously, never bred from. But very few people/dogs will actually be granted the license.
     
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    So, if you have a mix your dog is restricted, but purebreds are ok? :confused:
     
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    In my building for example, with bully breeds (other than APBT obviously) pure-breds with papers proving parentage (AKC and CanKC only) are allowed but mixes/unregistered dogs of those same allowed bully breeds are not.

    I guess the idea is that if the dog is a purebred and you have "papers" you know the pedigree/parentage so it's less likely the dogs parents were aggressive or the dogs parents had "issues".
     
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    It's my understanding that Minnesota has a state law that prohibits individual counties or cities from passing BSL. Minneapolis does have a dangerous dog law, but it's based on an individual dog's bite history, not breed.
     
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    Where the heck in BC is that the law? Is it new? This totally flew over my head and that scares me!
     

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