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  • Six States Looking to Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation

    Six States Looking to Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation

    Six states are poised to pass legislation that would prohibit municipalities from passing breed-specific legislation (BSL) in their respective states.  The six states are: Utah, South Dakota, Missouri, Washington, Maryland, and Vermont. Maryland’s H.B. 422 has not been discussed on this site as of yet because there have been several bills proposed in Maryland that […]


  • Georgia Woman Whose Child was Mauled by a “Pit Bull” Calls for Vicious Breeds Ban

    Georgia Woman Whose Child was Mauled by a “Pit Bull” Calls for Vicious Breeds Ban

    We live in a society today where people not only refuse to take responsibility for their wrongdoing, they are hurriedly trying to pass the buck to someone else.  What happened to the days when people like Harry Truman used to say, “The buck stops here”?  Perhaps Angela Rutledge of Georgia isn’t familiar with Harry Truman’s […]


  • El Dorado, Kansas to Look at Repealing 25-Year-Old “Pit Bull” Ban

    El Dorado, Kansas to Look at Repealing 25-Year-Old “Pit Bull” Ban

    After Garden City, Kansas recently repealed their breed-specific legislation (BSL) which had declared so-called “pit bull” “breeds” vicious, El Dorado, Kansas now endeavors to do same and is currently looking into repealing their 25-year old “pit bull” ban.  In fact, El Dorado’s breed ban is so old, Commissioner Bill Young has requested a history of […]


  • Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison: A New Breed of Foolish

    Pasadena Councilman Steve Madison: A New Breed of Foolish

    Last week when a cyclist was dragged down the street supposedly by “pit bulls” (this, “coincidentally” mere hours after the Pasadena City Council decided to table Steve Madison’s breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter ordinance proposal for “pit bulls”), Councilman Steve Madison was quick to childishly play na-na-na-na-na-na with the public and stick his tongue out at his […]


  • Garden City, Kansas Removes “Pit Bull” Breeds from Vicious Dog Law

    Garden City, Kansas Removes “Pit Bull” Breeds from Vicious Dog Law

    As noted in prior posts (here and here) Garden City, Kansas was considering removing the breed-specific language which singled out so-called “pit bulls” in their vicious dog law.  As of February 4, 2014, they have done so.  American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, and American Staffordshire Terriers, as well as mixed breeds of these […]


  • Utah’s HB 97 Would Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation in the State

    Utah’s HB 97 Would Prohibit Breed-Specific Legislation in the State

    On Tuesday, February 4, 2014, Rep. Brian King of Salt Lake City, proposed HB 97 which would prohibit the passage of breed-specific legislation (BSL) within the state of Utah. The bill, which modifies Title 10, Chapter 8, Powers and Duties of Municipalities, and Title 18, Dogs, “prohibits a municipality from enacting or enforcing a breed-specific rule, […]


  • Madison, Wisconsin to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Law for “Pit Bulls”

    Madison, Wisconsin to Consider Mandatory Spay/Neuter Law for “Pit Bulls”

    I love it when people propose legislation and, in anticipation of the opposition, not only condescend to tell the public they shouldn’t oppose it, but give the public specious reasons why they shouldn’t oppose it.  That’s what Madison, Wisconsin Animal Services spokesman Patrick Comfert did when touting Alderman John Strasser’s breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter ordinance (BS […]


  • Garden City, Kansas to Discuss Breed-Specific Legislation Repeal

    Garden City, Kansas to Discuss Breed-Specific Legislation Repeal

    As I noted in a post from December 2013, Garden City, Kansas is considering an amendment to its 2002 “pit bull” ordinance that will remove breed-specific language defining so-called “pit bulls” as vicious.  The Garden City Commission will consider the repeal on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. As it stands now, Garden City’s breed-specific legislation (BSL) […]


  • Aurora, CO Councilwoman Peterson Proposes Ordinance to Repeal “Pit Bull” Ban

    Aurora, CO Councilwoman Peterson Proposes Ordinance to Repeal “Pit Bull” Ban

    True to her word, Aurora, Colorado Councilwoman Renie Peterson has submitted to the Safety Committee an ordinance that would repeal Aurora’s 2006 “pit bull” ban.  It is hoped that the proposal will come before the full city council shortly.  Peterson’s ordinance proposal comes earlier than expected since, when last I  wrote about Aurora, Peterson was looking […]


  • Kearney, Missouri Advocacy Group Seeks Repeal of “Pit Bull” Ban

    Kearney, Missouri Advocacy Group Seeks Repeal of “Pit Bull” Ban

    On January 22, 2014, advocates for “pit bulls,” lead by area resident Mason Hakes, attended the Kearney, Missouri Board of Aldermen meeting to lobby against Kearney’s 2007 “pit bull” ban.  Hakes argued that the ban was “outdated” and, ” . . . not only an abuse of power, but it’s terribly, terribly intrusive to the citizens […]