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Breed Specific Legislation    

The assassination of a breed through biased reporting

Consider four separate incidents that happened in the span of a few days:

August 17, 2007 -  A Labrador mix attacks a 70-year old man sending him to the hospital in critical condition. Police officers arrived at the scene and the dog is shot after charging the officers. This incident was reported in ONE article and only in the local paper.

August 18, 2007 - A 16-month old child receives fatal head and neck injuries by a mixed breed dog. This attack was reported TWO times by the local paper only.

August 20, 2007 -  A 6-year-old boy is hospitalized after having his ear torn off and receiving severe bites to the head by a medium-sized mixed breed dog. This attack was reported in ONE article and only in the local paper.

August 21, 2007 -  A 59-year-old woman is attacked in her home by two Pit bulls and is hospitalized with severe injuries. This attack was reported in over TWO HUNDRED AND THIRTY articles in national and international newspapers, as well as major television news networks, including CNN, MSNBC and FOX .

People routinely cite media coverage as proof that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. Costly and ineffective public policy decisions are being made on the basis of such "proof". While this biased reporting is not only lethal to an entire population of dogs; sensationalized media coverage endangers the public by misleading them about the real factors in canine aggression.

All information was researched and is fully documented by Karen Delise, LVT - www.nationalcanineresearchcouncil.com

 

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Banning pit bulls won't solve problem

By Gina Spadafori, Globe Correspondent

Sometimes I think having no pit bulls wouldn't be that bad a thing, but not for the reasons you might imagine.

If pit bulls weren't around, they couldn't be beaten, starved, left chained outside with little protection from the elements, subjected to ear croppings with scissors and no pain relief, made to bear puppies with next to no food. And finally, if pit bulls weren't around, they couldn't be tossed dead (or nearly so) into a vacant lot when they come up on the losing side of a dogfight.

For every headline-grabbing attack by a pit bull, there are countless cruelties inflicted on these dogs by humans. As a person recently noted on a dog-related Web log: ''It's amazing how many other kinds of dogs in the best homes bite. It's amazing how many pit bulls in the worst homes don't."

But those who do . . . oh, what fear and anger they cause. It's no surprise, given the horror of recent attacks, that the call to eliminate pit bulls has never been louder. But that call remains the wrong one: Breed-specific legislation is not the answer to the problem of dangerous dogs.

It doesn't help much to argue that the odds of an attack by a pit bull are so low as to be insignificant compared with life's other risks, not in the face of saturation media coverage of every such attack. It doesn't help much to argue that a well-bred and properly raised pit bull can be a better companion than many other popular breeds, based on temperament-testing statistics that show these dogs to be stable and calm.

So let's try this: If you want to be protected against a dog attack, banning the pit bull isn't going to accomplish that goal. That's because every large breed or mix you can think of, and many small ones you can't imagine, have been involved in attacks on humans.

You cannot predict the likelihood of an attack by the type of dog, but you can see clear trends based on other criteria.

Poorly bred, unsocialized, unneutered, and untrained dogs are most often involved in attacks. If you want to prevent those attacks, you need to address those root causes.

We need to make it harder for people to casually breed and quickly sell dogs, and we need to make it easier to have animals neutered. We need to recognize that dog-fighting is as much of a danger to our communities as it is to the animals participating in this illegal but popular blood sport. We need to outlaw keeping dogs on chains, a cruel practice that leaves animals feeling isolated, territorial, and more likely to attack.

And even as we need to crack down on irresponsible and criminal dog owners, we need to help those people who want to do right. We need to educate prospective dog owners on responsible care, training, and socializing, so that they may raise dogs who are not dangerous.

And yes, we need to establish zero tolerance for all dangerous dogs, with no second chances: If a dog attacks someone, that animal needs to be put down.

We need to stop looking for scapegoats in the face of every pit bull, and address the human reasons behind the problem of dangerous dogs.

Only then can we hope to be safer around not only the pit bull, but all dogs. And maybe then the pit bull will be safer around us, too.

© Copyright 2005 Globe Newspaper Company.

 

 

BSL IN THE MIDWEST

Please note that the list below is not complete and this page is in constant revision. If you are in doubt about any municipality in which you live in, planning to move to, or are planning to place a dog, please call the local animal control agency or city hall. If you have any updates to add to this list, please email us.

Airport Drive Banned pit bulls.
Ashland Confirmed breed ban. Keeping of Pit Bull Dogs Prohibited - 27.180 Ashland Code of Ordinances
Belton Please contact animal control for more info (816-331-5522) - Belton Code of Ordinances
Berkley Ban on pit bulls.
Bethany Might have a breed ban. Please check with local authorities.
Black Jack Has BSL - UPDATE: Ban might have been repealed. Please check with local authorities.
Booneville Has banned Pit Bulls
Butler Breed Specific Legislation (Click Here)
Cabool "American Staffordshire Terrier, Pit Bull, American Pit Bull, Bull Terrier and Staffordshire Terrier are banned. When it comes to mix breeds anything that is mixed with any of the above breeds are not allowed. Also, any dog that has the predominant characteristics of a Pit Bull are not allowed"
California "Unlawful to own pit bulls" (Ordinance)
Calverton Park "Unlawful to own pit bulls"
Camdenton Has banned Pit Bulls
Carl Junction Has banned Pit Bulls
Center Has banned Pit Bulls - NO grandfather clause [06/22/2010]
Carthage Has banned Pit Bulls
Clayton Pitbulls declared Vicious, restrictions
Cleveland Pit Bulls are prohibited within City limits. (Ordinance)
Clinton Has banned Pit Bulls (within the city limits). Ordinance
Drexel Has banned Pit Bulls
Excelsior Springs Has banned Pit Bulls (within the city limits)
Fayette Has banned Pit Bulls (Info) [02/17/2009]
Fenton Has banned Pit Bulls (click for code) [09/21/1987]
Ferguson Has banned Pit Bulls (click for codes)
Florissant

December 16, 2005 - Has banned Pit Bulls

Freeman Has banned Pit Bulls
Gideon Has banned Pit Bulls
Gladstone Has banned Pit Bulls - includes Bull Terriers - Ordinance
Grandview Has banned Pit Bulls (Info)
Greenwood Repealed Pit Bull Ban [3/9/2008]
Hallsville Breed Specific Legislation - Pit Bull Owners, must have reinforced windows and doors, liabiliy insurance. When outside, must be kept in kennel with a top and a concrete floor and walked on a leash no more than 4ft long and muzzled. Must be registered with the city $35.00
Hardin BSL - heavy restrictions. Please check with local authorities for more information.
Hazlewood Restrictions on APBT, AST and SBT. Requires $100K insurance, muzzle, secure kennel, warning signs, etc.
Holden (ORD # 10-02) It shall be unlawful to possess, shelter, keep, maintain, harbor, or own a Pit Bull within the City of Holden, Missouri - Ordinance
Independence October 2006 - Pit Bulls are banned from the city of Independence - Ordinance
Jennings Has banned Pit Bulls
Kansas City December 2006 - Mandatory spay and neuter on all Pit Bull type dogs - Ordinance
Kearney

August 2006, Pit Bulls are banned from the city of Kearney - Ordinance

Kennett Has banned Pit Bulls
Kirksville Pit Bulls are severely restricted - Ordinance
Lathrop Dangerous dog ordinance which heavily restricts pit bulls and other "pit bull types" of dogs. City Code
Liberty Has banned Pit Bulls - Ordinance - It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess any pit bull dog within the limits of the City of Liberty. "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean: The bull terrier breed of dog, Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog, The American pit bull terrier breed of dog, The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog, Dogs of mixed breed or other breeds than listed above which is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs, or pit bull terriers, Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of these breeds.
Licking, MO Banned Pit Bulls - Ordinance
Lone Jack, MO Banned Pit Bulls - includes dogs labeled as "Pit Bull" as well as any dogs which "look Pit Bull". Ordinance
Merriam Woods Restrictions on Pit Bulls
Mountain Grove July 2007 - NO BREED BAN !!! Dangerous dog law revised.
New Bloomfield Has banned Pit Bulls. Please contact local authorities for a copy of the ordinance.
New Franklin Has banned Pit Bulls
New Madrid Has banned Pit Bulls - Sec. 8-139 Ordinance
Normandy Banned any pit bull dog or Rottweiler - Ordinance
Palmyra Has banned Pit Bulls - Ordinance
Pilot Grove Confirmed breed ban passed on [3/2/2009]. Please check with local authorities for more information.
Pilot Grove Confirmed breed ban passed on [3/2/2009]. Please check with local authorities for more information.
Platte City Confirmed breed ban. Please check with local authorities for more information.
Platte Woods Might have a breed ban. Please check with local authorities.
Pleasant Valley Has Heavy Restrictions.
Poplar Bluff April , 2010 is the deadline for all pit bulls in Poplar Bluff to be microchipped and registered, according to the animal control officers who will be enforcing the new city ordinance. If a pit bull or pit bull mix dies, its owner cannot replace the dog with the same breed, according to the new ordinance adopted by the Poplar Bluff City Council on March 1, 2010. The idea is to phase out pit bulls. Please check with local authorities.
Richmond Has banned pit bulls. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess a pit bull dog within the corporate limits of the City of Richmond. Ordinance SECTION 210.225
Riverside NEW! - Had BSL. As of November 1, 2013 - The former ban on owning Pit Bulls has been revised and they are now allowed within the city limits.
Sedalia Might have BSL. Please check with local authorities.
Shrewsbury Ban on Pit bulls and Rotties - no grandfather clause
Sikeston Pit bulls defined as dangerous dogs.
Springfield Ordinance - The ordinance indicates that a person can own a pit but there are restrictions and requirements that need to be met.
Sugar Creek Ban on Pit bulls
Trenton Ban on Pit bulls, Rottweiler, Chow Chow, Akita or Doberman pincher- Section: 210.215
Troy Banned [6/15/2009] - Current owners of these breeds residing in Troy may be kept but must registered with the city within 60 days and outline specific measures of how the dogs must be leashed, housed and muzzled when they are outside the animal's enclosure or pen. All structures erected to house pit bull dogs must comply with Section 205.060 of the city code. Within 60 days, owners must display in a prominent place on their premises a sign using the words "Beware of Dog-Pit Bull" and a similar sign on their pen of the animal. Proof of public liability insurance in the amount of $100,000 for bodily injury or death also must be presented to the city. Owners must also provide city with photos of the dog and must microchip the animal prior to registration. Any offspring of registered dogs must be removed from the city within eight weeks of the birth of such animal. Penalties for violation would be not less than $200 and no more than $1,000 and/or 30-day jail sentence.
University City Heavy restrictions on Pit Bulls. Ordinance.
Vinita Park Banned and NO grandfather clause.
Wentzville Breed Specific Restrictions - REPEALED [3/15/2012]
West Branson Banned - revision to Section 4-8 (Ord. 1197) [Confirmed 2/04/2011]
Woodson Terrace Ban on Pit Bulls, German Shepards, Dobermans, and Rotts.

KANSAS
Arkansas City Has banned Pit Bulls Manhattan Pit Bulls are considered dangerous dogs (click here) and have special requirements.
Bonner Springs NEW! Pit Bull Ban Repealed! Effective 1-16-2014 Marysville Has banned Pit Bulls
Chanute Has banned Pit Bulls [6/2009] Mays Has banned Pit Bulls
Cheney Has banned Pit Bulls Neodesha Has banned Pit Bulls
Dodge City Has banned Pit Bulls [2005] - City Ordinance 3382 Nickerson Has banned Pit Bulls
Edgerton Has banned Pit Bulls - Pet and Animal Codes Brochure Osawatomie NEW! [5/2013] - Repealed breed ban of 20 years! New ordinance
El Dorado Has banned Pit Bulls Oskaloosa Pit Bulls are BANNED (ordinance 2-114.5)
Ellinwood Has banned Pit Bulls Overland Park Has banned Pit Bulls
Eudora Pit Bulls are banned unless licensed with the city and owner meets strict requirements Paola Has banned Pit Bulls. City Web Site - For additional information please contact the City Clerk.
Fort Scott Has banned Pit Bulls Parks Has banned Pit Bulls
Fredonia Has banned Pit Bulls Preston Has banned Pit Bulls
Garden City REPEALED BSL [2/4/2014] Rossville Pit Bulls are BANNED (ordinance 2-301)
Garnet Has banned Pit Bulls Salina Pit Bulls are BANNED (ordinance Sec. 7-142.)
Inman Has banned Pit Bulls Shawnee Pit Bulls are BANNED (ordinance Sec. 06.14.)
Junction City Banned Pit Bulls - Section: 215.040 St. John Has banned Pit Bulls
Kansas City (KS) Has banned Pit Bulls - Sec. 7-219. - Pit bull dogs. Sterling Has banned Pit Bulls
Kingman Has banned Pit Bulls Tonganoxie Has banned Pit Bulls. Please check with local authorities for more information.
Leawood Has banned Pit Bulls Topeka [9/28/2010] - REPEALED BSL - (Click Here) or Call City hall or animal control for more information.
Liberal Has banned Pit Bulls Westwood Has banned Pit Bulls
Lola Breed Specific Legislation (Click Here) Wichita Restrictions [7/1/2009] - microchipped, mandatory spay/neuter, limit of 2
     
Jackson County Has banned Pit Bulls
Cherokee County Has banned Pit Bulls
Johnson County Has banned Pit Bulls - EXCEPT: Olathe, Mission, Lenexa, Gardner, and Merriam
Rice County Pit Bulls are banned county wide, except in Lyons, KS
Shawnee County Ban has been repealed
Wyandotte County Has banned Pit Bulls - (Including KCK)

 

NEBRASKA
Dodge Ban on pit bulls, rotts, dobes and wolf hybrids
Hastings Being discussed 7/08
Holdrege Being Discussed (07/08)
Hooper Ban on pit bulls, rotts, dobes and wolf hybrids
Howells Ban on pit bulls, rotts, dobes and wolf hybrids - Being considered
Omaha Dangerous Dog Ordinance [10/2008] - American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, Dogo Argentino, Presa Canario, Cane Corso or American bulldog, or any dog displaying majority physical traits of any one or more of those breeds. The rules cover pit bulls, specifically. They must be muzzled and on leash in public, have at least $100,000 of liability insurance, must be spayed or neutered, have microchips and dogs/owners must attend behavioral and responsible ownership classes. No dog can be tethered unsupervised for more than 15 minutes.
Osceola Confirmed [Jun, 2008] - Banned: 1. American Pit Bull Terrier; 2. Staffordshire Bull Terrier; 3. American Staffordshire Terrier; 4. Chow Chow; 5. Doberman Pinscher; 6. Rottweiler; 7. American Bandagge (sp?) Mastiff; 8. Neapolitan Mastiff; 9. Any mix thereof.

ARKANSAS
Beebe Has banned Pit Bulls
DeQueen Banned Pit Bulls
Gosnell Breed Specific Legislation
Hot Springs Banned Pit Bulls
Jacksonville Banned Pit Bulls
Jonesboro Has banned Pit Bulls, AmStaffs & German Shepherd Dogs
Little Rock Restrictions on Pit Bulls
McGehee Banned Pit Bulls
Maumell Breed Specific Legislation
Mt. Home Breed Specific Legislation
North Little Rock Banned Pit Bulls and American Bulldogs
Piggot Breed Specific Legislation
Pine Bluff Banned Pit Bulls
Mt. Home Breed Specific Legislation
Mt. Home Breed Specific Legislation
Russelville Banned Pit Bulls
Sherwood Has banned Pit Bulls
Siloam Springs has declared Pit Bulls as Vicious and Dangers and requires special restrictions. (see codes - Chapter 10 Article III)
Stuttgart Has banned Pit Bulls

 

ILLINOIS
Buffalo Grove Breed Specific Legislation
Cicero Has banned Pit Bulls (per Article II sec 18-47)
Gillespie Has banned Pit Bulls
Greenville Has banned Pit Bulls
Mt. Olive Has banned Pit Bulls
Mullberry Grove Pit Bull owners must carry $100,000 insurance per dog
Salem Breed Specific Legislation (per chapter 5, article II, Div. 2)
Westfield Has banned Pit Bulls
Wilsonville Has banned Pit Bulls

IOWA
Conrad Has banned Rottweilers
Coutier Has banned Pit Bulls
Des Moines Pit Bulls are defined as Vicious dogs and have special license requirements per section 18-44(e)(f) of the municipal code
Lake Mills Has banned Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, Rottweilers, and mixed breeds of the same
Lockridge Has banned Pit Bulls & Rottweilers
Logan Has banned Pit Bulls [02/18/2009]
Benton County Has banned Pit Bulls

Sources:
www.pbrc.net
www.understand-a-bull.com

 

NATIONWIDE BSL MAP

 

Breed Specific Legislation Map from Animal Farm Foundation. The BSL Map is current as of July 2013 and updated monthly. To look up a specific location, please use the "search" function on the top right of the map. For more information visit: www.animalfarmfoundation.org 

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