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Pit Bulls Are Maiming And Killing More Than All Other Dogs Combined, Mandate BSL In USA

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Dear Mr. President & Mr. Vice President,

Breed-specific legislation is a law passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds. Some jurisdictions have enacted breed-specific legislation in response to a number of well-publicized incidents involving pit bull-type dogs or other dog breeds commonly used in dog fighting, and some government organizations such as the United States Army and Marine Corps have taken administrative action as well. This legislation ranges from outright bans on the possession of these dogs, to restrictions and conditions on ownership, and often establishes a legal presumption that these dogs are prima facie legally "dangerous" or "vicious".

I'm a volunteer for a national, non-profit dog attack victim's group dedicated to reducing serious dog attacks. We'd like to ask you both to do a little research on the problems arising by pit bull attacks across the USA. Sufficiently enforced breed-specific pit bull laws absolutely reduce damaging attacks by pit bulls. In an ongoing report, Cities with Successful Pit Bull Laws; Data Shows Breed-Specific Laws Work, they document these results in the U.S. and Canada. The most dramatic results are often seen in jurisdictions that ban pit bulls because a ban reduces the breeding and the importation of pit bulls into the community. There have been excellent results with other types of ordinances as well.

After Aurora, Colorado adopted its pit bull ban ordinance in 2005, attacks by pit bulls decreased 73% (as of March 2014). After Pawtucket, Rhode Island adopted their pit bull ban in 2004, the city released 13-years of bite data showing that in the 4-years leading up to the ban, there were 52 pit bull attacks on people. In the 10-years after the ban, there were only 13 (as of September 2013). In Toronto, after a decade long pit bull ban, pit bull attacks dropped from 168 to 13 annually.

The dramatic reduction in pit bull attacks on people and animals are not the only benefits. Over the same period in Aurora, pit bull euthanasia dropped 93%. In Pawtucket, the Rhode Island Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RISPCA) had "regularly" convened vicious dog hearings for pit bulls before the ban ordinance. After the ban passed, the RISPCA never saw another one from Pawtucket. 6 Other cities report a substantial reduction in vicious dog designations as well.

After Springfield, Missouri adopted a pit bull ordinance in 2006, impoundments of pit bulls were quickly cut in half, freeing up shelter space. In the year before the ordinance, 2005, 502 pit bulls were impounded, compared to only 252 in 2007.7 When breed-specific laws are combined with an anti-chaining ordinance, as was done in Little Rock's pit bull ordinance, excellent outcomes resulted as well: The commonality of seeing a pit bull chained in its owner's yard disappeared.
In addition to the ongoing report, studies from two different countries, Canada and Spain, show that breed-specific regulations resulted in a significant decrease of dog bite injury hospitalizations.

Effectiveness of Breed-Specific Legislation in Decreasing the Incidence of Dog-Bite Injury Hospitalizations in People in the Canadian Province of Manitoba, by Malathi Raghavan, Patricia J Martens, Dan Chateau, and Charles Burchill, Injury Prevention, Published Online First, June 30, 2012 (View related post).
Decline in Hospitalizations Due to Dog Bite Injuries in Catalonia, 1997–2008. An Effect of Government Regulation?, by Joan R Villalbi, Montse Cleries, Susana Bouis, Víctor Peracho, Julia Duran and Conrad Casas, Injury Prevention, 2010;16:408-410.

The Marine Corps has banned "large dog breeds with a predisposition toward aggressive or dangerous behavior", including pit bull-type dogs (among other breeds) in on-base housing and privatized housing, as have a number of United States Army, U.S. Air Force and Navy installations. Several hundred municipal governments in the United States have enacted breed-specific legislation banning or restricting pit bull-type dogs and a few other breeds.

To the families of the attacks by dangerous dogs such as Pit Bulls and Rottweilers it is a life long process and some with life long scars that need surgeries after surgeries. People that own these type of animals need to have more restrictions, regulations and also need to have severe fines and punishments if their deemed dangerous dogs attack someone or another animal. BSL does help and needs to be enforced everywhere to better help protect even them who don't think they do. Many attacks happen in an instant and without warning or any signs of aggression leading up to the attack. It can happen to any of these dogs no matter how much love or training and when these types of dogs that can rip us apart do attack, we are in for a rude awakening. Most of the time it's to late, so we should all be a step ahead of these outbreaks.

Thank you for your time with this.



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