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For the first time in 25 years, pit bulls can now run freely in Edmonton because the city has removed the licensing rules that kept them tied up when they are outside. In 1987, the law was introduced because of concerns of the attacks and required Staffordshire Bull terriers and American Staffordshire terriers to be leashed and muzzled when out of the owners property. Even if the dogs were on the owners property outdoors, they would have to be chained, muzzled or in pens. Owners also faced a higher licensing fee and needed a $1 million in liability insurance. The city amended the law without a debate to remove those requirements and only apply them to dogs who have attacked, bitten or chased people or other animals. In a city report, it indicated the breed specific legislation law has not been effective and there have been no evidence that it has reduced attacks or biting. The best way to stop attacks, bites and aggression is education and training for owners and their dogs but this is good news for the city of Edmonton, I am hopeful that more city’s will follow in their foot steps in eliminating their breed ban.     

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A possible pit bull ban is coming to the City Of  Breaux Bridge, the current ordinance considers them to be dangerous. The past few years, there have been attacks and other issues experienced by police that have encouraged the mayor to take the breed specific legislation to his council. The council, over the past two months, have been taking a total ban of the breed into consideration, or reworking the current ordinance. The ordinance states right now, that the owners of pit bulls must have $100,00 insurance, an 8 foot tall fence and must muzzle the dog when out for a walk. Council members, Terry Thibodeaux, Gary Champagne and councilman, Menard, all have agreed that they don’t want to ban the breed, however, they do want the problem under control to protect pit bulls and their owners. The mayor, Delhomme, plans to put the item in the agenda in October for the council to discuss and he hopes the issue will be resolved then.

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Malden City Council has decided that a meeting will be held to discuss that every pit bull in the city should wear a muzzle out in public. This effort is followed by an attack last year that was on a 10 year old boy by a male pit bull that has escaped from the yard. That same dog previously had bitten another child 3 months before the attack on the 10 year old. The pit bull was euthanized. The city of Lynn requires pit bulls to wear muzzles and they also have separate registration requirements.

Well, another unfair law that’s come to another city. Fear and ignorance is part of the problem and biased media is another part. They think pit bulls are scary? What I find scary is irresponsible owners are allowed to own these dogs. I’m guessing the pit bull that they are basing this new law around was uneuterd and was obviously raised by somebody careless. Why should one breed suffer because of the owners? 

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Dunn, North Carolina. 

Police in Dunn say they have gotten many calls about aggressive pit bulls in the last year. Chief B.P Jones requested a city wide ban on the breed. There has been 44 calls about aggressive pit bulls, but no injuries. “But pit bulls are still a dangerous breed” Jones said. He plans on discussing his ban idea with the city counsel this weekend. ” The owners of the breed don’t take the necessary precautions to protect people from the dogs” Says Jones, he also said: “They treat pit bulls like any other dogs, but the pit bull dog is different from other dogs”

This police officer, Jones, is completely ignorant and uneducated. He thinks that this is a dog that is naturally aggressive and has been like that since they were bred. Which is, of course, untrue. People SHOULD treat pit bulls like any other dog because they are like any other dog! There is nothing different about a pit bull than any other dog. The only thing that’s different about pit bulls than any other dog, is their bad reputation, and the media has done a fantastic job of doing that (cue the sarcasm). Pit bulls shouldn’t be banned, irresponsible owners  should be! It isn’t the dogs fault, its the owners. That goes for poor breeding too, because its the owners who are breeding them that way.” The owners of the breed don’t take the necessary precautions to protect people from the dogs” What are the necessary precautions? That’s what I wanna know. All you need is to train, raise them properly, and provide unconditional love for your pit bull and you won’t run into these problems. Only if Jones would understand and educate himself, maybe he would think twice about a ban. 

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