Tag Archives: muzzle

Lynn, MA: Breed-specific law amended (still BSL)

Previous alerts for Lynn: http://stopbsl.com/?s=%22lynn%2C+ma%22

This amendment doesn’t make the law any better. It’s still breed-specific and discriminatory, and now it’s even less enforceable than before. The mayor has yet to approve the ordinance.

Mayor Judith Flanagan Kennedy, mchalmers@ci.lynn.ma.us

Lynn muzzle law change hinges on behavior classes

By David Liscio / The Daily Item

LYNN – Pit bull terriers that pass a nationally certified behavior class will be allowed to walk the streets of Lynn without a muzzle.

On a motion by Councilor-at-large Paul Crowley, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to amend the Vicious Dog Ordinance, which bans pit bulls from public areas unless they are muzzled and on a leash.

Read the rest of the article here:


Tasmania, Australia: Pure-bred pit bulls now “dangerous,” must be neutered

Dog laws bite back

May 02, 2010 12:01am

The laws will bring Tasmania into line with other states and the restricted status means all pure-bred pit bulls, even ones which have not bitten, will be treated like dangerous dogs and must be de-sexed.

In public, they will have to be muzzled, wear warning collars in red and yellow, be controlled by an adult and be kept on a short lead.

Owners must put approved signs on their gates warning the public there is a restricted dog and there will be controls on selling and buying pit bulls.[…]

Of the state’s 98 dogs declared to be dangerous, only 13 are American pit bulls, supporting Mr Rigby’s prediction that restricting the breed will not lead to a significant decline in dog bites.

Story retrieved May 2, 2010 from http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2010/05/02/143451_tasmania-news.html

Clairton, PA: Clairton City Council Meets Over Pit Bull Problem

A similar story — “Clairton Task Force Will Sink Teeth Into Dog Problems” — at http://www.wpxi.com/news/21248078/detail.html (with a 2-minute video) downplays breed specificity.

Contact info for city officials:
City of Clairton, 551 Ravensburg Blvd., Clairton, PA 15025

Remember: BSL is already in place in Clairton. Correspondence should seek to educate about the flaws with their current system, suggestions for a better ordinance, and to dissuade from a breed ban.

Clairton City Council Meets Over Pit Bull Problem

Oct 9, 2009 1:50 pm US/Eastern

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) ― […] Meanwhile, the city of Clairton is beginning to crack down on pit bull and other dog owners.

“We have not really been pushing this ordinance, but it’s time that we start getting strict with the ordnance,” said Clairton Mayor Domenic Virgona. “Everyone having a dangerous dog such as a pit bull and Rottweiler and so on must register their dog with the city of Clairton. They must also be on a leash and if they’re going to walk the dog on the street, it must be muzzled.”

Also, the mayor says that anyone who disobeys that ordnance will face a $500 fine. The mayor also says that a ban on pit bulls in the future is not out of the question.[…]

Full article retrieved 10/10/09 from http://kdka.com/pets/pit.bull.problems.2.1237955.html

Omaha, NE: Results of “dangerous dog crackdown”

Several news media channels covered the following information, which is being touted as “proof” of the “success” of Omaha’s new dangerous dog laws, which include restrictions on “pit bulls.”

This “success” is apparently being measured not by any change in the number of dog bites occurring, but by the number of citations being written for things like lack of liability insurance or muzzle.

NHS Releases Numbers On Dangerous Dog Crackdown

Dozens of pit bull owners cited

Posted: 3:01 PM Jul 7, 2009
Reporter: WOWT
Email Address: sixonline@wowt.com

A report from the Nebraska Humane Society released Tuesday summarizes progress made on the dangerous dog crackdown in Omaha over the past six months.

From January to the end of June, 90 citations were issued to pit bull owners for not having proof of insurance. Ninety citations were also handed out to owners whose pit bulls were not muzzled, on a harness or were wearing a leash that was too long.[…]

Full article retrieved 7/8/09 from http://www.wowt.com/news/headlines/50152997.html

Dog Owners Say They Feel Safer Amid Enforcement

Humane Society Cites Hundreds In 6 Months

UPDATED: 6:27 pm CDT July 7, 2009

OMAHA, Neb. — The Nebraska Humane Society said Omaha’s dog ordinance is working better than expected after hundreds of dog owners have been ticketed for various violations in six months.[…]

Full article retrieved 7/8/09 from http://www.ketv.com/news/19984447/detail.html