Charles County, MD: Public forum on possible BSL, Sept 20

Charles County, MD, has been working on animal ordinance revisions that currently include breed-specific language. Although public forums don’t have formal agendas, we’ve been advised that the ordinance will probably be discussed during the Public Forum on Sept 20 at 5:30 PM in the Commissioners’ Meeting Room, Charles County Government Building, First Floor, 200 Baltimore Street, La Plata, Maryland 20646.

One of the major revisions would declare all “pit bulls” to be “potentially dangerous” dogs, thereby placing numerous special restrictions on ownership of dogs identified as pit bulls. “Pit bull” is defined as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bulldog, any dog that has ever been identified at any time (including in adoption or veterinary paperwork) as a “pit bull” type dog, and any dog that resembles one of these breeds.

You may read the full ordinance here:$file/Bill%20Number%202011-07%20Animal%20Control%20Regulations.pdf

The purpose of a public forum is to allow the public to speak to the commission, so we encourage residents and locals of Charles County to attend this meeting and continue speaking against BSL.

Contact information for Charles County Commissioners:
Attn: Charles County Board of Commissioners
Post Office Box 2150
La Plata, Maryland 20646-2150
301-645-0550 or 301-870-3000
Entire Commission:
President Candice Kelly,
VP Reuben Collins,
Ken Robinson,
Debra Davis,
Bobby Rucci,

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Thanks to Twitter follower @MdDogFed for the reminder!

2 responses to “Charles County, MD: Public forum on possible BSL, Sept 20

  1. I have a 1 yr old Pit Bull that was abandoned by her owners. They were friends of ours & asked us if we could watch her for the weekend. They disappeared & we ended up with this pit. She is gentle & sweet and just wants love all the time. Granted, she doesn’t like strangers near our house, but neither do my other 3 dogs (a pug, beauceron/border collie mix, & a boxer/border collie mix). The dogs are not dangerous, just some of the owners.

  2. I posted about this on my blog … not sure if this info will help anyone looking to fight this proposed ordinance. But I have more info if anyone wants it. People are concerned that PG County is not taking the problems being posted by non pit bull breeds seriously, because it would mean that their solution to dog bit problems — a ban on pit bulls — is not working. People are still not safe from dangerous dogs in PG County. Because BSL doesn’t work.