Category Archives: Additional Breeds

Westwego Louisiana Councilman seeks to add breeds to ordinance

Following an attack on a woman in Westwego Louisiana, Councilman Glen Green has sworn to add more breeds of dogs to the cities dangerous dog laws, which currently single out pit bulls.

Westwego’s law, which was passed in 2000, requires owners of pit bull type dogs to keep the dogs confined in kennels when not on leash or with their owners. Kennels must be made of chain link fencing at least six feet high, five feet from the property line, and 20 feet from neighboring homes. Failure to do so results in a fine of $250.

Though Councilman Green has not said exactly which breeds will be added, he has mentioned Rottweilers specifically. According to Green, he will be seeking additional support from other members of the council before approaching this issue. He was quoted in a recent news story saying “If they want to challenge it in court, so be it. There are several breeds that I’m putting in there.”

What is rather unfortunate is that these challenges will cost everyone in the city by making poor use of tax payer dollars. Councilman Green says that he blames the owner of these dogs for not taking care of them properly, yet he is choosing to target the dogs instead.  Not the attacking dogs, but dogs that he has a perception of as being vicious.

Councilman Green knew the victim personally.

Residents: Please respectfully, and sympathetically reach out to your council members to ask that they look into a strong and enforceable breed neutral law instead of adding breeds to their restrictions. The urge, after such a terrible incident, is to act but actions taken must still be in the best interests of the community at large.  No amount of breed specific laws would have stopped this heartbreaking incident.  By creating a comprehensive breed neutral ordinance with stiff penalties for violation serious incidents like this can be reduced.

Officials can be found here. It is of absolute utmost importance that, when communicating after an attack this severe, you remain unimpeachable in your professionalism in every communication.  This is not about dogs.  This is about creating a safer community for the residents of Westwego. Breed specific laws divert resources from the real obstacles to making communities safer, which is why breed neutral laws have been shown repeatedly to increase public safety.

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to the victim of this attack and all the friends and  family of the victim.

Irondale, AL: Presa Canarios added to breed ban

Irondale, AL, council has added Presa Canario to the list of banned breeds (“pit bull” already banned). Stereotype and fear, not reality or complaints, drove the decision; the idea to ban Presas came up after someone with an Irondale telephone number put an ad in the paper to sell the breed.

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Irondale City Council adds Presa Canario as second banned dog breed; the other is pit bull

Published: Tuesday, June 05, 2012, 9:26 PM
By Victoria L. Coman — The Birmingham News

IRONDALE, Alabama — The Irondale City Council tonight added the Presa Canario dog as the second dog breed that people are banned from owning in the city. The other is pit bulls. […]

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Tupelo, MS update: Council may vote on BSL, May 1

Many thanks to Jodi for this update!

Last night, the Tupelo, MS city council discussed amending its dangerous dog ordinance to add rottweilers and dobermans to the list of “dangerous dogs.” Because the issue was on the study agenda, no vote was taken. However, the city clerk has confirmed that the council did move the issue forward, and it will be placed on the action agenda for the May 1, 2012 city council meeting. Items on the action agenda are up for vote by the council.

The City of Tupelo already has regulations in place for “pit bulls” which include licensing, registering and securing permits. Owners of “pit bulls” must also post signage and meet confinement restrictions.

Please contact the Tupelo city officials with your polite, respectful and informative opposition to breed specific legislation. Its important to remember in all your interactions with any city official that you are representing responsible dog owners as a whole, and that negative communications can and will reflect very poorly on the very people you are trying to help.

Contact info for city officials:
City Hall, 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802-1485

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Bermuda: Govt revises prohibited breeds list, creates new “restricted breeds” list

Bermuda has moved some previously prohibited breeds into a new restricted-breed category. (We last told you about this plan in September 2010, but the official breed list is now finalized.)

Prohibited breeds may not be imported or bred. All of the below breeds were also prohibited under the previous prohibited-breed list.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier
  • American Bulldog
  • American Staffordshire Terrier
  • Argentine Mastiff / Dogo Argentino
  • Boerboel
  • Brazilian Mastiff / Fila
  • Cane Corso
  • Presa Canario
  • Neapolitan Mastiff
  • Tosa Inu
  • Wolf / Wolf hybrid
  • Any crossbreed of above

Restricted breeds can be imported or bred, but there are restrictions on ownership, such as special enclosures, property inspections, etc. Some of the below breeds were previously on the prohibited breed list, and some of the below breeds were not previously restricted or prohibited. I have noted the changes. Restricted breeds are as follows:

  • Akita (previously prohibited)
  • Australian Cattle Dog (previously unrestricted)
  • Belgian Malinois (previously unrestricted)
  • Bouvier Des Flandres (previously unrestricted)
  • Bull Terrier (previously prohibited)
  • Bullmastiff (previously prohibited)
  • Chow Chow (previously unrestricted)
  • Doberman Pinscher (previously unrestricted)
  • Dogue De Bordeaux (previously prohibited)
  • German Shepherd (previously unrestricted)
  • English Mastiff (previously prohibited)
  • Rhodesian Ridgeback (previously unrestricted)
  • Rottweiler (previously prohibited)
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier (previously unrestricted)
  • Any crossbreed of above

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Tupelo, MS: Work session on proposed BSL (additional breeds), Dec 13

Tupelo already has BSL for “pit bull” owners. “Pit bulls” are automatically considered “dangerous animals” and are specially regulated. Tupelo is now considering adding breeds to their BSL. Rottweilers and Dobermans are the two most-recently named breeds; German Shepherds were mentioned in an earlier article.

Tupelo council will hold a work session to discuss the revisions to the dog ordinance on December 13 at 4:00 PM at City Hall, 71 East Troy Street.

Contact info for city officials:
City Hall, 71 East Troy Street, Tupelo, MS 38804
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1485, Tupelo, MS 38802-1485
Mayor Jack Reed Jr.,
Markel Whittington,
Fred Pitts,
James (Jim) Newell,
Nettie Davis,
Jonny Davis,
Mike Bryan,
Willie Jennings,

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Tupelo looks at baggy pants, dangerous dogs

by Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – […] The second aims to strengthen Tupelo’s dangerous-dog ordinance by expanding its classification of risky pets from pit bulls to include rottweilers and dobermans. It requires those pet owners to register their dogs and pay an annual $80 fee – as opposed to the one-time $50 fee in the current ordinance. […] Other changes to the dangerous dog ordinance include a minimum ownership age of 21, a requirement to microchip and sterilize all dangerous dogs – as well as carry $100,000 liability insurance on them – and an increase in the minimum outside pen height from four feet to six.

There’s also a new line banning dangerous dogs from anywhere within 500 feet of a school, and all dangerous dogs must wear city-issued orange collars. […]

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Mission Hills, KS: Council decides not to add Rottweilers to breed ban

Mission Hills, KS council has decided not to add Rottweilers to their current ban on “pit bulls.” This comes after a council meeting at which city staff produced dog bite data showing that none of the 21 dog bites in 2011 were committed by Rottweilers.

However, the city’s ban on “pit bulls” remains in place.

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City contact form:
CITY OF MISSION HILLS • 6300 State Line Road • Mission Hills, Kansas 66208
Phone: 913-362-9620 • Fax: 913-362-0673
City Administrator Courtney Christensen,, 913-362-9620 ext 202
City Clerk Jill Clifton (will send your correspondence to city council upon request),

Mission Hills, KS reminder: Council to discuss dog ordinance (BSL), Nov 14

Mission Hills, KS council has considered adding Rottweilers to their current ban on “pit bulls.” The city’s dangerous dog regulations are on the agenda for the November 14 council meeting, 6:30 PM. It is not known at this time exactly what will be discussed. Locals are encouraged to attend the council meeting and ask council to repeal their ineffective breed ban rather than add more breeds to it.

City contact form:
CITY OF MISSION HILLS • 6300 State Line Road • Mission Hills, Kansas 66208
Phone: 913-362-9620 • Fax: 913-362-0673
City Administrator Courtney Christensen,, 913-362-9620 ext 202
City Clerk Jill Clifton (will send your correspondence to city council upon request),

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