Connecticut joins state ranks preempting breed-specific laws

Posted on June 10, 2013March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Connecticut joins state ranks preempting breed-specific laws

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy has signed a bill that preempts municipalities from regulating dogs on the basis of breed. HB6311, which was co-sponsored by 31 state representatives and senators, addressed only the issue of breed-specific legislation.  It provides that “no municipality shall adopt breed-specific dog ordinances.” HB6311 sailed through the state legislature, virtually unopposed.  The House of Representatives voted 142-0 in favor.  The Senate passed the bill 30-4, an overwhelming majority.  Governor Malloy signed the bill on Thursday, June 6. … Continue reading “Connecticut joins state ranks preempting breed-specific laws”

Nevada law prohibiting BSL signed by the Governor.

Posted on May 29, 2013March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Nevada law prohibiting BSL signed by the Governor.

Nevada will become the 14th state to preempt its towns and counties from discriminating against dogs on the basis of breed or appearance. Governor Brian Sandoval has signed Assembly Bill No. 110, which both describes the circumstances under which local authority can declare an individual dog to be dangerous or vicious, and prohibits a local authority from either a) deeming an individual dog dangerous or vicious on account of breed; or b)passing an ordinance declaring a breed of dogs, dangerous … Continue reading “Nevada law prohibiting BSL signed by the Governor.”

Miami-Dade “pit bull” ban remains, despite overwhelming evidence of failure and county officials’ view

Posted on August 27, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Miami-Dade “pit bull” ban remains, despite overwhelming evidence of failure and county officials’ view

On August 14, 2012, 248,496 of Miami-Dade County’s 1.2 million registered voters (20%, or 202,637 people) went to the polls to decide if a 23-year-old ban on “pit bull” dogs would be repealed through a voter referendum. The outcome showed that 140,879 (63.2%) of participating voters opted to keep the ban in place, compared with 81,758 (36.8%) participating voters who wanted it repealed. [1] Although the result was a disappointment for community safety advocates and dog-owners in South Florida, it … Continue reading “Miami-Dade “pit bull” ban remains, despite overwhelming evidence of failure and county officials’ view”

NCRC Interview with Bill Bruce on Ineffective Dog Laws

Posted on August 17, 2012March 18, 2021Categories UncategorizedTags ,   Leave a comment on NCRC Interview with Bill Bruce on Ineffective Dog Laws

Bill Bruce, Calgary’s Director of Animal and By-Law Services discusses ineffective dog laws such as breed-specific legislation, pet limit laws, and mandatory spay-neuter, and why these broad-based forms of legislation are ineffective. NCRC Interview with Bill Bruce on Ineffective Dog Laws

American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws

Posted on August 8, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws

On Monday, August 6, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, meeting at the 2012 ABA convention in Chicago, approved a resolution urging “all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies [. . .] to repeal breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.” This comprehensive recommendation is accompanied by an extensive report detailing the legion of problems associated with breed specific regulation, including significant questions of due process; waste of government resources[i]; documented failure to produce safer communities[ii]; … Continue reading “American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws”

Massachusetts joins the ranks of states with breed-specific legislation (BSL) preemptions

Posted on August 3, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News, Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Massachusetts joins the ranks of states with breed-specific legislation (BSL) preemptions

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed an historic, comprehensive overhaul of the state’s animal control regulation on Thursday, August 2, 2012.[1] Among the important reforms included in the bill are provisions that a dog may not be declared dangerous solely on the basis of breed, and that no city or town can regulate dogs in a manner that is specific as to breed. In signing the bill into law, Massachusetts becomes the 13th state barring localities from enacting breed specific regulation. The ineffectiveness of breed … Continue reading “Massachusetts joins the ranks of states with breed-specific legislation (BSL) preemptions”

Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in community safety

Posted on July 9, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News, UncategorizedTags   Leave a comment on Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in community safety

A paper published last week in the Journal Injury Prevention attempted to make the case that “pit bull” bans in Manitoba may have been effective in reducing dog bite injury hospitalizations (DBIH, in the language of the paper).  [1]  In attempting to do so, however, the authors revealed that the bans, applicable to the overwhelming majority of Manitobans, including citizens of Winnipeg, had not resulted in improved community safety; and that the safety record of Manitoba lags far behind that … Continue reading “Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in community safety”

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association urges repeal of breed specific provisions in Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA)

Posted on June 4, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News, Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Ontario Veterinary Medical Association urges repeal of breed specific provisions in Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA)

The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), representing on behalf of the province’s 4,000 veterinarians, has published an open letter to all three of Ontario’s political party leaders, including Premier Dalton McGuinty, urging repeal of the breed specific provisions of the Dog Owner’s Liability Act (DOLA). Citing its science-based approach to issues of community safety, the OVMA reminded the leaders that breed-specific legislation does not result in community safety, as evidenced by the fact that the DOLA’s breed specific provisions have … Continue reading “Ontario Veterinary Medical Association urges repeal of breed specific provisions in Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA)”

Cincinnati, Ohio eliminates breed ban from city code of ordinances

Posted on May 19, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Cincinnati, Ohio eliminates breed ban from city code of ordinances

On May 16, the City Council in Cincinnati voted to repeal the city’s breed ban. Cincinnati’s repeal follows the historic repeal of a statewide breed discriminatory statute in Ohio, which occurred earlier this year in February. Two months after Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the repeal, the Cincinnati City Council convened a task force to evaluate Chapter 701 of the city’s Code, which at the time contained articles defining a “vicious dog,” as, among other things “a dog commonly defined … Continue reading “Cincinnati, Ohio eliminates breed ban from city code of ordinances”

Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters

Posted on May 3, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters

The recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision in Tracey v Solesky modifies the common law in Maryland regarding liability for bites attributed to dogs the Court alternately referred to as “pit bull”, “pit bull mix” or “cross‐bred pit bull mix”. The decision establishes a strict liability standard for persons who own, harbor or control “pit bull,” “pit bull mix” or “cross‐bred pit bull mix” dogs, when a dog so labeled injures a person. Evidence Analysis The rationale and sources relied upon by the Maryland … Continue reading “Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters”