Author Archives: Mike Malveaux

Plymouth, UK: Alarm over rise in dog bite cases

This is about England’s notorious breed ban.  My favorite part is the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals spokesman saying, “This comes down to making sure that dog-owners are responsible for their dogs. We’d like to see the law changed so it reflects the dog-owners rather than the dog breeds.” We’d like to see that, too!

Alarm over rise in dog bite cases

Friday, August 21, 2009, 07:00

[…] Latest figures released by the Department of Health show that nationally there were nearly 4,000 cases of people needing hospital treatment for dog bites, of which more than 700 were aged under 10.

It has led to calls by the RSPCA for dangerous dogs legislation to be updated and a crackdown on irresponsible owners.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/21/09 from

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Nackawic, NB, Canada: Dog owners take bite out of Nackawic bylaw

(Also see August 7, 2009 post on this topic: )

Dog owners take bite out of Nackawic bylaw

Published Wednesday August 19th, 2009

NACKAWIC – About 30 people turned out to a public meeting Tuesday night to debate a proposed new dog control bylaw.

The new bylaw, which passed first and second reading two weeks ago, will eliminate references to pit bull terriers, Rottweilers and any dog with a mix of those breeds.

Full article retrieved 8/19/09 from

Marshalltown, IA: Vicious dogs: Three strikes and you’re out? (not BSL)

Vicious dogs: Three strikes and you’re out?

August 18, 2009

[…] Immediately categorized as vicious, an owner would face a first-offense fine of $25.

The second offense would impose a $100 fine with mandatory spaying or neutering of the dog at the owner’s expense. The animal will also have to be micro-chipped and its owner would have to acquire necessary insurance.

A third offense would subsequently result in forfeiture of the animal – without return – to the ARL and after a yet-to-be-determined grace period, the dog would be euthanized.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/19/09 from

Bucks County, PA: Advocates: Dog laws shouldn’t be breed-specific

Advocates: Dog laws shouldn’t be breed-specific

August 14, 2009 02:38 AM

By Gema Maria Duarte
The Doylestown Intelligencer

[…] That attack and two others since then have borough and state officials trying to adjust the state’s dog law to allow municipalities to create their own dog ordinances. While that proposed legislation sits in Harrisburg, the borough will enforce the state’s current dog law, officials said.

State law allows attacking dogs to be returned to their owners with a warning to keep the pets under control. Pennsylvania has a three-strike policy, which allows the pet’s return after two incidents unless a dog kills or grievously injures a person. A third incident and the dog is euthanized.[…]

Full article retrieved 8/17/09 from

Advocates: Dog laws shouldn’t be breed-specific