Tennessee Looks to Join the Ranks of BSL States

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  1. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    Gempress Walks into Mordor

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    Hmmm. Link didn't work for me...
     
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    corgipower Tweleve Enthusiest

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    I hope they're ready for the mass increase of dogs surrendered, the sudden drop off of licenses, the mass exodus as residents move to other states.

    Anyone driving through the state with a pit bull would qualify as well.

    The biggest problem though is that they don't define how they plan on identifying a American pit bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American bulldog or American Staffordshire terrier. They could just point to a dog and say ~ yup!! That's a pit bull because I think he's a pit bull. And the way these laws work out is that the owner then has to prove that the dog isn't. Very unconstitutional.
     
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    Supposedly, from the last reports, the bill will NOT go to the legislature as written. It's been sent to committee :rolleyes: to be rewritten as a "dangerous dog" statute rather than breed specific.

    There's no breed as dangerous as a politician . . .
     
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    noludoru Bored Now.

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    Renee, please correct me if I am wrong.. but say I was the neighborhood dog walker or dog-sitter and I had a pittie "under my control" for regular periods of time. Does that mean I could be considered the owner? :confused:
     
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    Lilavati Arbitrary and Capricious

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    Welcome to the world of stautory interpretation . . . and then even more wonderful world of the interpretation of badly written statutes!

    I would say no, actually, not because of the wording, but because "owner" is generally an commonly understood term. The "under control" really is to net people who say . . ."He's not my dog, I've just been feeding him for 5 years!" However, you never know with cops and ACs and even judges . .. if I lived there and took care of other people's dogs I'd probably have to refuse to handle bullies for my own protection.
     
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    I've written several letters and mass emailed them out when I heard about this on another site.

    My response? "We appreciate your concern, but as you are not a resident of Tennessee........" What morons!
     
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    Mia . . . send 'em to me and I'll send 'em from my address :D

    Kinda shortsighted of the idiots, considering Tennessee garners a great deal of revenue from tourism . . . and people moving here from other states.
     
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    I cant see that passing in Tennessee I mean come on look at Cooks County it wont have a population after this LOL.

    But seriously Tennessee has ALOT of APBT people living there I doubt if it is voted on that it will pass. I hope they do change it to Dangerous Dog and make it clearly defined as a dog that has exibited dangerous behavior.
     
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    Today, a white boxer came into the Grooming salon where I work-- and it made me think a little. He looks like an American bulldog, but with a docked tail, and a little boxier build.

    I'll bet that if you docked all AMBulldogs' and Pit Bull's Tails, and even cropped their ears, too, They could all pass as 'boxers', or at least the majority of them.
     
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    Maybe some bulldogs but definatly NOT a pit bull.
     
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    This sickens me.
    I do not own a Pit but a few people I know own them along with other pittie breeds. VERY wonderful dogs. Charla has a rottie/pit cross, name is Bently and is the biggest goofball around. She has the mom to Bently, mom name's Beamer, very loving dogs.
    Its a shame people want to "band" this breed.
     

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