Bristol Borough, Pennsylvania May Consider Breed-Specific Legislation in Violation of State Law
Editor’s note: It is of great concern any time a political representative says something like what Bristol Borough Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe told the Bucks County Courier Times:
“I don’t care what the state says; my job is to protect the people and other animals. I will push for [breed-specific legislation]….”
In other words, Mr. DiGuiseppe does not seemingly care that Pennsylvania state law prohibits breed-specific legislation:
AGRICULTURE (Title 3) – THE DOG LAW – ARTICLE V-A. DANGEROUS DOGS
§459-507-A. Construction of article. (c)Local ordinances. – Those provisions of local ordinances relating to dangerous dogs are hereby abrogated. A local ordinance otherwise dealing with dogs may not prohibit or otherwise limit a specific breed of dog.
And yet I’m guessing Mr. DiGuiseppe swore an oath when he took office to uphold the laws of the state of Pennsylvania and of the Constitution of the United States, both of which would be violated by a breed-specific muzzling law for “pit bulls.” (And “pit bull” is not a breed by the way.) If he doesn’t care about state law or the Constitution does he care that breed-specific legislation (BSL) is widely acknowledged to be ineffective legislation? Not only will BSL not keep his community safer, but it is a huge waste of Animal Control enforcement dollars that could be going to police all irresponsible dog owners.
Please contact the Bristol Borough Council here and politely inform them that breed-specific legislation is prohibited in the state of Pennsylvania, and that breed-specific legislation is ineffective, unenforceable, and unconstitutional.
Although it may not become the law until early next year, Bristol Borough Council President Ralph DiGuiseppe reiterated Monday that he wants a muzzle ordinance for all pit bulls and pit bull mix breeds.
…”I don’t care what the state says; my job is to protect the people and other animals. I will push for this law,” DiGuiseppe said.
DiGuiseppe had told borough solicitor William Salerno last month to begin drafting up an ordinance, which would require all pit bulls to have a muzzle on when off private property. DiGuiseppe wants the ordinance to be voted on in February.
The proposed ordinance is sparked by an incident last month in which a Pomeranian was killed by a pit bull/Sharpei mix, which was on a leash. Its owner was charged with several offenses and faces a hearing next month.
Read this article in its entirety here.