Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) Updates Current as of August 5, 2007
BSL Passed - McFarland, Kansas Passed BSL against the following breeds:
American Pit Bull Terrier
American Staffordshire Terrier
Dogue de Bordeux
(and any dog resembling the above named breeds)
Southgate, Kentucky Already had BSL. Council voted unanimously to add"pit bull mixes" in addition to "purebred" pit bulls.
Spencer, South Dakota Passed BSL with respect to the following breeds:
Wolves (wolf hybrids)
Beebe, Arkansas Passed a ban on "pit bulls" and vicious dogs.
Owners have until August 23 to comply with the restrictions of the ordinance.
**Of note, according to Police Chief Don Inns, the city "does not have any more attacks with pit bulls than other breeds."
Canton, Ohio Passed ordinance restricting pit bulls. A pit bull is now considered vicious simply because of the breed,and doesn't have to engage in violent behavior.
South Pittsburg, Tennessee City passed a ban on pit bulls. The ordinance states pit bulls have a "genetic predisposition to aggressiveness" that makes the breed dangerous.
Union County, Kentucky A new ordinance makes it more expensive to own pitbulls and wolf hybrid dogs. UPDATES(Click on city for contact and additional information)
Jackson, Alabama According to the city clerk, the city is considering a non-breed specific ordinance. We may want to keep an eye on this as the newspaper article stated the dirctor of animal control was asked to come up with a list of breeds considered dangerous by the next city council meeting.
Tuscaloosa, Alabama Considering a ban on pit bulls.
Cabot, Arkansas A breed specific ordinance is pending. They are currently "changing the wording." The issue is no texpected to come up until September or October.
Batesville, Arkansas The pit bull ordinance has been tabled FOR NOW.
Manila, Arkansas The pit bull ordinance has been tabled. They are going to try enforce the current vicious dog ordinance.
Ward, Arkansas A pit bull ban is currently being considered. City officials are concerned they will become a "dumping ground" for pit bulls as every city in the county has a pit bull ordinance.
Lonoke County, Arkansas The sheriff is pushing a county wide pit bull ban.
Little Rock, Arkansas Officials from Calgary, Canada worked with Little Rock officials in an effort to get them to reconsider a banon pit bulls. The ban is tabled, but Little Rock is still looking at restrictions for pit bulls.
Dover, Delaware The city is considering expanding their list of dangerous dogs to include rottweilers, dobermans, akitas, chows and mastiffs.
Crossville, Illinois REPEALED BSL! (BSL prohibited by state law)
According to the mayor, the local newpaper staff"misinterpretted" the city council meeting minutes andpublished a story that the city was considering a pitbull ban. Per the mayor, the city is not, nor has it ever been, considering BSL. (Thank you Westville!)
Clive, Iowa REPEALED BSL!
Wichita, Kansas Considering ban on pit bulls.
Louisville, Kentucky Reviewing the dangerous dog ordinance passed earlier this year.
Sulphur, Louisana The proposed pit bull ban will be addressed at theAugust 13 city council meeting.
Massachusetts (State wide)Researching the possibility of a state wide pit bullban.
Minnesota (State wide) Gearing up to propose a state wide ban on five breeds.
Laurel, Mississippi The city council is considering a pit bull ban
St. Ann, Missouri Considering an ordinance that would target breeds deemed dangerous, and specifically targeting pit bulls.
Lexington, Oklahoma Researching the possibility of a pit bull ban.
Reading, Pennsylvania Reading is looking to push up the start date of a dangerous dog ordinance specific to pit bulls. To beconsidered dangerous, a breed has to be responsiblefor 40 percent or more of the bites within a year. Sofar- pit bulls account for more than 60 percent of the dog bites in Reading.
Sumpter County, South Carolina The city clerk is out until next week. I could not get any information on what the county is considering.
Warden, Washington TABLED proposed pit bull ban!
Bluefield, West Virginia Looking at a "proactive" ordinance on pit bulls. Several phone calls and e-mails to the city clerk have not been returned.
OF NOTE Tellings v. Toledo The Ohio Supreme Court overturned the appellate court's ruling. In doing so, the court opined that breed specific legislation was not unconstitutional. Armed with his new "victory," Tom Skeldon now plans to introduce mandatory spay/neuter for pit bulls.
Fayetteville, Tennessee City pit bull ban went into effect on July 1, 2007. To date, 60 pit bulls have been surrendered because owners were unable to adhere to the new restrictions.
Springfield, Missouri Former city council woman Sheila Wright received one year of probation as part of a plea agreement in a vicious-dog complaint filed against her. Ms. Wrightwas one of the city council members who pushed for the city's ban on pit bulls. Ms. Wright and her husband own a Alaskan malamute that attacked a neighbor's dog on more than one occassion.