Breed Specific Legislation Why it Affects you

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Breed Specific Legislation

  • Why it Affects YOU

Breed-Specific Restrictions usually require

  • Muzzling and short leash when off owner’s property

  • Secure enclosure

  • (6 sided run with concrete floor)

  • Liability insurance, up to $1 million

  • Dangerous dog signs on property

  • Dog cannot be in a room that has access to an exit via open windows or doors

Breed Specific Bans

  • May or may not have a “grandfather” clause

  • If grandfather clause IS included, it requires spay/neuter & severe restrictions

  • Bans will usually take effect in 30 days or less

  • Dogs seized under bans are generally euthanized

I’m a Responsible Owner Why Should I Worry?

  • Grandfather clauses are not mandatory

  • Individual owner or dog’s history has no bearing on restrictions

  • Often 30 days is the maximum permitted to move or get rid of your pet

  • If you don’t meet the requirements, your pet could be euthanized

My Dog is a Mutt No Problem, Right?

  • WRONG!

  • Bans include dogs “with the similar appearance and characteristics” of targeted breeds!

Non-registered dogs are at the mercy of Animal Control

Where has BSL been enacted?

United States

  • Alabama

  • Arkansas

  • California

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Florida

  • Idaho

  • Illinois

  • Indiana

  • Iowa

  • Kentucky

  • Louisiana

  • Maryland

  • Massachusetts

  • Michigan

  • Mississippi

  • Missouri

  • Montana

  • Nebraska

  • New Jersey

  • New Mexico

  • New York

  • North Carolina

  • North Dakota

  • Ohio

  • Kansas

  • Oklahoma

  • Oregon

  • Pennsylvania

  • Rhode Island

  • South Carolina

  • South Dakota

  • Tennessee

  • Texas

  • Utah

  • Virginia

  • Washington

  • Wisconsin

BSL in Iowa

Countries with BSL

  • Australia Belgium

  • Brazil Chile

  • Canada Denmark

  • Finland France

  • Germany Great Britain

  • Holland Hungary

  • Iceland Ireland

  • Italy New Zealand

  • Norway Panama

  • Pitcairn Islands Poland

  • Romania Samoa

  • Spain Sweden

  • U.A.E. U.S.A.

  • Wallis & Futuna Islands

  • West Bank W. Sahara

  • Yemen Yugoslavia

  • Zaire Zambia

Restricted or Banned in the U. S.

  • American Pit Bull Terrier Staffordshire Bull Terrier

  • American Staffordshire Terrier Bull Terrier

  • Akita Alaskan Malamute

  • American Bulldog Belgian Malinois

  • Boerboels Cane Corso

  • Chow Chow Doberman Pinscher

  • Dogo Argentino English Mastiff

  • Fila Brasileiro German Shepherd

  • Great Dane Irish Wolfhound

  • Presa Mallorquin Presa Canario

  • Rottweiler Scottish Deerhound

  • Shar Pei Siberian Husky

  • Tosa Inu Wolf-Hybrid

Banned Because of Size (>100 lbs)

  • Akbash Anatolian Shepherd

  • Alapaha Blue Blood Bulldog Borzoi

  • Bull Mastiff Dogue du Bordeaux

  • Estrela Mountain Dog Great Pyrenees

  • Italian Mastiff Komodor

  • Kangal Dog Kuvasz

  • Leonberger Neopolitan Mastiff

  • Newfoundland Otter Hound

  • St. Bernard Spanish Mastiff

The most often targeted breeds:

Is Your Breed Banned?

  • If your town enacts BSL, your breed may be next!

How can YOU prevent BSL?

  • Time is Running Out!

Get Involved!

  • Join your local Kennel Club!

  • Get your dog an AKC Canine Good Citizen Certificate!

  • Train and get your dog certified as a therapy dog!

  • Be seen as an important, contributing part of the community!

  • Help incorporate strong responsible dog ownership laws!

  • Encourage enforcement of LEASH LAWS!

Educate! Educate! Educate!

  • Volunteer to teach kids about safe behavior around dogs!

  • Support efforts to teach responsible dog ownership!

  • Offer neighborhood classes to teach families about THEIR dogs!

  • Support dog bite prevention programs!

  • Invite your city officials to your events!

Use Available Resources!

  • Work with the local Humane Society, breed rescues, dog clubs and animal shelters!

  • Volunteer for public awareness campaigns to encourage adoption of pets!

  • Get to know your local lawmakers and help them learn about dogs in the community!

Remember: United we Stand!

  • Maintain a good relationship with local shelters, rescue groups and dog clubs!

  • Present yourself to local legislators as part of the solution and not part of the problem!

  • Diplomacy will go far in preventing bad legislation!

  • There is an OWNER problem, help draft good dog laws without infringing on the rights of the responsible owner!

My City Has Proposed BSL!

  • Now What????


  • Set up a phone tree to contact local dog club members

  • Attend public meetings and be prepared to speak

  • Split a list of points between several people when making timed speeches

  • Keep each other informed on meeting times and new developments

  • Always be polite, professional and knowledgeable

  • Remember, whatever you do or say represents many dog owners

Organize! Contact:

  • National and local dog clubs

  • Training clubs & professional trainers

  • Hunters & sportsmen who use dogs

  • Breed rescues & private shelters

  • Volunteers in therapy or SAR work

  • Veterinarians & groomers

Start a Petition Drive!

  • Get requirements from the County Clerk

  • Get a list of voters from a friendly politician

  • Only allow registered voters to sign

  • Make sure people know to sign only once

  • Get volunteers to take petitions everywhere people gather

Be Heard!

  • Send e-mails, letters and faxes stating your position against BSL to your representative

  • Call sponsors of BSL proposals

  • Contact Committee members who will decide the fate of BSL

  • Contact Council Members and determine their positions

Be Seen!

  • Attend Council meetings where BSL will be discussed

  • Agree to wear ribbons or t-shirts that identify you as foes of BSL

  • Use bumper stickers or ribbon magnets for a visual message on the street

Prepare for the Worst

  • Plan fundraisers for legal fees

  • Contact national organizations that might help in court

  • Get recommendations for an attorney experienced in dog law

Hold Elected Leaders Accountable

  • Learn the laws concerning recall elections-and use them if bad laws are passed!

  • Vocally support dog-friendly lawmakers, volunteer for their campaigns and help keep them in office!

  • Vocally oppose those who vote for laws that hurt our dogs!

  • Created by Karen Brinkley, LTD.

  • Copyrighted by American Rottweiler Club, Inc.

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