Say NO To The "Vicious Dog Ordinance"!
There is no evidence that breed-specific laws—which are costly and difficult to enforce—make communities safer for people or companion animals. For example, Prince George’s County, MD, spends more than $250,000 annually to enforce its ban on Pit Bulls. In 2003, a study conducted by the county on the ban’s effectiveness noted that “public safety is not improved as a result of [the ban],” and that “there is no transgression committed by owner or animal that is not covered by another, non-breed specific portion of the Animal Control Code (i.e., vicious animal, nuisance animal, leash laws).”
*BSL does nothing to educate or protect the citizens from dangerous dogs. Dogs of any breed can be dangerous. Laws need to be based on the Deed, not the breed. *There is difficulty in determining breed. There are 25 + breeds that are commonly incorrectly identified as pit bulls.
*Loss of revenue, dog owners often stop traveling through BSL cities, counties. There are many websites devoted to alerting people to BSL areas. Also Dog Club shows, competitions, etc will look to hold conferences, shows, etc in NON-BSL locations..
*Costly to the city and taxpayers. Higher cost to enforce BSL, more kennels to house the dogs, vet care, food, Euthanasia, etc.
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