Topeka, Kansas Repeals Breed-Specific Legislation Citing Its Ineffectiveness

From KSNT 27 in Kansas:

Mayor Bill Bunten and eight city council members voted 9-0 to pass an ordinance amending rules regarding animal control and animal cruelty. The new ordinance eliminates breed-specific legislation which banned the ownership, keeping, or harboring of pit bulls that haven’t been licensed with the city.

According to dog day afternoon’s president, Julie Castaneda, breed-specific law was ineffective because a dog’s behavior is the result of its upbringing, not its genetics.

“What the new legislation will do is target the pet owner. Now it’s not a dog’s fault if a dog gets into trouble, it’s a pet owner’s fault,” said Castaneda.

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