Wilkes-Barre, PA: Dog owners, experts growl at proposed vicious breed ban

Previous alert and contact information for Wilkes-Barre lawmakers: http://stopbsl.com/2009/07/03/wilkes-barre-pa-city-to-ask-legislature-for-ability-to-pass-bsl/

Dog owners, experts growl at proposed vicious breed ban

By Nicholas Sohr (Staff Writer)
Published: July 4, 2009

[…] “Sometimes these things are fear driven,” said Cindy Stark, a member of the governor’s Dog Law Advisory Board and shelter manager for the Luzerne County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. “I understand legislators and heads of municipalities are concerned for the safety of their citizens. But the bottom line is the owners are responsible for their animals.”

[…] In 2001, when [Mayor] Leighton was a member of city council, he pushed to ban pit bulls, Rottweilers, German shepherds and Doberman Pinschers from city parks after authorities shot a pit bull during a raid at a Woodward Street home.

A state law stymied the measure because it prevents municipalities from enacting laws that single out dogs based solely on breed.

In 2005, Leighton pushed new legislation to ban pit bulls from the entire city.[…] The effort was thwarted by the same state law.[…]

Full article retreved 7/6/09 from http://www.citizensvoice.com/news/dog_owners_experts_growl_at_proposed_vicious_breed_ban

2 responses to “Wilkes-Barre, PA: Dog owners, experts growl at proposed vicious breed ban

  1. The media has so much power to give our dogs positive coverage, but usually it is just the opposite that you do. This is why there is so much fear for our beloved pit bulls and it is a shame that you are all to blame. Please research the backgrounds that these dogs have endured before you help to destroy this great breed. Thank you

  2. Please sign our petition to encourage alternatives to breed bans and stop unfair laws that discriminate breeds of dogs. Thanks for the support.