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California legislator intends to try to repeal state protection from breed discrimination

Following a fatal attack on a jogger, Los Angeles County Supervisor Mike Antonovich has announced intentions to approach the state legislature and ask them to repeal the portion of California state law that prohibits breed discriminatory laws on the state level.

The current law allows mandatory spay/neuter to be passed but bars municipalities from enacting any other laws directed at the breed of the dog. In 2005, the law was amended to allow spay/neuter by SB861, which had initially been a proposal to allow any kind of breed discriminatory laws, but was amended down in committee.

“We’re going to go back to the state legislature and see if we can change that law, allow the local communities to make up their own minds with regards to breeds,” said Tony Bell, spokesman for Antonovich. “Pit bulls are a different breed of animal. They’re capable of incredible damage to humans, to other dogs, to horses.” (read more)

Interestingly, Antonovich himself points out that this has been the only fatal attack attributed to pit bulls ever in Los Angeles County. As it stands the ID of the breeds of dogs involved is spotty at best.  The attacking dogs were ID’ed by a motorist, and the dogs ran into the desert after the attack.  A group of dogs have been confiscate from a local man and will be DNA tested to determine if they were involved in the attack.  These results are expected Friday. The dogs in question have a history of aggressive behavior, the owner has a history of engaging in illegal activities and there is no doubt that the owner was not operating proper control of the dogs. If it comes out that these were, in fact, the attacking dogs, we have a long history of owner failure that the attack can be traced back to.

This does not just affect “pit bulls.”  Should the state law be changed to allow breed bans and restrictions there are many other breeds that are targeted, as well as dogs who are not those breeds but just happen to have some vague resemblance to them.  All dog owners are at risk when breed discrimination is allowed. This would also have sweeping consequences for people who utilize service dogs and members of our military.

California residents: It is extremely important that this never reach the legislature, so reach out now to oppose breed discrimination. Below are links to contact your legislators, as well as Supervisor Antonovich. Please reach out, respectfully, factually and unemotionally to oppose any form of breed discrimination because of its failure to make communities safer.

Los Angeles County residents: Constituents voices always hold more power. Please write Supervisor Antonovich to ask him to reconsider and offer your factual and professional opposition to breed discrimination.

If you are have trouble with what to say, please see our “What is BSL?” tab.

Supervisor Antonovich’s website has an e-mail contact form which can be found here.

You can find your legislators on the states website.

Schuyler, Nebraska – MULTI-Breed Restrictions Considered

On Tuesday, December 4, 2012, the Schuyler, Nebraska city council will hold the second reading of a proposed dangerous dog ordinance that targets several breeds of dogs including:

American pit bull terrier,
American Staffordshire terrier,
Staffordshire bull terrier,
Dogo Argentina,
Presa Canario,
Cane Corso,
American bulldog,
Chow chow,
Doberman,
Rottweiler;
and American bandagge.

Read more from Bless the Bullys….

MIAMI-DADE, FL – Commissioners Propose Dangerous Dog Registry

Just weeks after Miami-Dade asked the public to decide the fate of the pit bull ban, two Commissioners propose separate bills to change the current dangerous dog ordinance.

Commissioner Jose “Pepe” Diaz has proposed that officials adopt measures to create an online dangerous dog registry that would be available on Animal Services website.  The registry would include mug-shots and a biography of any dog deemed dangerous, would include the circumstances of any attack, and the owners address.  His proposed ordinance would also increase current fines from $500 to $1000, increasing with repeated offenses upward of $2000.  In addition to the dangerous dog changes, Diaz added increased fines for anyone convicted for abusing an animal.

Commissioner Sally Heyman also proposed a change to the current dangerous dog laws that would require owners of dogs designated dangerous to obtain and maintain $50,000 in liability insurance.

Both measures introduced are non-breed-specific.  According to the Miami-Herald “Whether a yippy Chihuahua biting a mail carrier or a regal Great Dane taking a chunk out of a neighbor, whether on the pet owner’s property or at a park, the penalty would be the same.”

Commissioner Heyman supported removing the ban that targets pit bulls.  Diaz opposed removing the ban and strongly interjected when Legislators considered a state law that would have caused the Miami-Dade ban to fall earlier this year.

Animal Services staff members recalled only one case in more than a decade resulting in a court-ordered euthanizing.  Two American Bulldogs that attacked an 80-year-old man causing life-threatening injuries.  More recently a waitress was attacked by a Cane Corso causing severe injuries.

Neither proposed ordinance addresses the current ban or the fact that other dogs are as dangerous as any dog affected by the ban.

Please visit the Miami-Herald article to vote on the poll:

Should dogs that attack people or other pets have their photographs and owner’s address posted on a Miami-Dade County online registry?

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2012/09/30/3028075/miami-dade-could-require-online.html#storylink=cpy

 

Pointe Coupee Parish, LA: New animal ordinance is not BSL

Good news in Pointe Coupee Parish. The police jury passed a new animal control ordinance in early April. The parish has considered BSL in the past, and there were concerns that this new ordinance could incorporate some of the breed-specific language that was previously under consideration.

We have received a copy of the new ordinance, and confirmed that it is breed-neutral. Many thanks to the parties in and around the parish who worked to make sure that the new ordinance was not breed discriminatory.

If you would like to read the text, we noticed that the parish has not posted it online (their website isn’t very up to date). So, here it is, for your convenience: Pointe Coupee Animal and Fowl Ordinance 3_27_12

All alerts for Pointe Coupee: http://stopbsl.com/?s=pointe+coupee

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

News articles with details regarding the new breed lists:
http://bernews.com/2011/12/minister-bean-on-dog-importations/
http://www.royalgazette.com/article/20111229/NEWS01/712299932

All alerts for Bermuda: http://stopbsl.com/?s=bermuda

Butte-Silver Bow, MT: Council rejects proposed BSL

Butte-Silver Bow commissioners have once again rejected Commissioner Terry Schultz’s proposed breed-specific regulations.

One commissioner provided an update (thanks to Hank for forwarding): “Last night at our meeting, the BSB council denied (8-3 vote) Commissioner Schultz’s request. The measure was placed on file and will not go to a committee for further discussion. Commissioner Schultz brought a similar request to council over a year ago where it was denied as well. I believe most commissioners educated themselves on the issue the last time and did not want to debate a breed-specific proposal again. Hopefully, Commissioner Schultz got the message and will not bring it up again.”

Please contact Butte-Silver Bow city officials and thank them for refusing to proceed with a discriminatory ordinance. Send an email to the entire council of commissioners here: http://www.bsb.mt.gov/employees/EmpDetail.asp?emp_id=372

All alerts for Butte-Silver Bow: http://stopbsl.com/?s=butte-silver+bow

Butte-Silver Bow, MT: BSL to be considered, June 1

Commissioner Terry Schultz has once again proposed regulations for “pit bull” owners. Shultz defines “pit bull” as American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Cane Corso, American Bulldog or any dog that looks like one of these.

It has been less than a year since the previous breed-specific proposal quietly died. The commission will consider the new proposal and likely send it to the Judiciary Committee for further discussion.

Please contact Butte-Silver Bow city officials and politely express your opposition to breed-specific laws.

This item is on the agenda for the June 1 council meeting, 7:30 PM, Courthouse, Room 312, 155 West Granite Street, Butte, MT 59701.

Send an email to the entire council of commissioners here:
http://www.bsb.mt.gov/employees/EmpDetail.asp?emp_id=372

Pit bull ordinance proposal returns

By Justin Post of The Montana Standard | Posted: Friday, May 27, 2011 12:15 am

Recent dog attacks in the area have renewed a Butte-Silver Bow commissioner’s efforts to enact laws targeting pit bull breeds.[…]

It specifically addresses pit bulls, which may not be outdoors unless confined in a fenced yard or restrained by a harness and leash no longer than 6 feet by someone at least 19 years old.

Muzzles also would be required for pit bulls 6 months and older, according to his proposal.[…]

His proposal further would require the owners of any pit bull or animal that is determined to be dangerous by a court, or any animal administratively determined as potentially dangerous to purchase public liability insurance of at least $100,000.

The insurance would be required to license the animal in Butte-Silver Bow.

But even before the issue reached the full council, Schultz’s proposal was met with criticism by Ed Randall, director of the Butte-Silver Bow Animal Services Department.[…]

Full article retrieved 5/31/11 from http://www.mtstandard.com/news/local/article_c0f4a640-8812-11e0-aeed-001cc4c03286.html

All alerts for Butte-Silver Bow: http://stopbsl.com/?s=butte-silver+bow

Thanks to Jodi for the heads up.