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Just learning about 'Breed Specific Legislation' (BSL)

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We got our dog as a puppy from the Humane Society shelter 4 years ago.  They said she was a 'black mouth cur' mix; our vet says she's probably part boxer, and I've heard all sorts of other theories including casual acquaintances that say, "Oh, she's a pit bull".   We've been traveling with her for the last year and haven't had any problems renting camp sites and staying at RV parks all over the eastern part of the country.

This week we're getting ready to travel to Missouri and have learned that several municipalities have ordinances that outlaw the possession of a "pit bull" (and some other breeds) within their municipality limits.     A few internet searches reveal a whole world of fussing about this stuff - it's called "Breed Specific Legislation".  It's not just Missouri, it's all over the county - usually at the municipality level but there are some counties that have instituted bans also.     The wording of the ordinances generally state that the local animal control is authorized to seize your dog if it  is one of the offending breeds and then you are required to pay a fine and remove the animal from their municipal limits.   There are also a few horror stories about euthanized dogs just to make it feel more drastic.

Has anyone here had problems with their dog being seized or threatened seizure by the local municipality while staying short term in an RV park??

DCD

 

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We have seen several campgrounds/parks that say "No Bully Breeds" but leave an exact definition unwritten.  I asked one and they any dog that was or could be dangerous.  I asked if our mixed lab was dangerous.... Of course not, Labs don't bite.... go figure. 

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Yeah - it seems that many of these municipalities are rather casual about how they determine what is a "pit bull" - actually, if you want to split hairs, there is no specific AKC breed named "pit bull" - there are Staffordshire terriers, various bull terriers and bull dogs - but, I'm sure that if you tried to argue the point with the officials in one of these municipalities it would just inflame the situation.

The state of Ohio has a catch-all clause : "breed of dog commonly known as a pit bull." - so, that would be any dog that any common person might call a "pit bull" - I guess it's all in the name.

I've been bitten by dogs twice: once was a collie and the other was a cocker spaniel.

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On 5/1/2018 at 6:15 AM, DavidCD said:

Yeah - it seems that many of these municipalities are rather casual about how they determine what is a "pit bull" - actually, if you want to split hairs, there is no specific AKC breed named "pit bull" - there are Staffordshire terriers, various bull terriers and bull dogs - but, I'm sure that if you tried to argue the point with the officials in one of these municipalities it would just inflame the situation.

The state of Ohio has a catch-all clause : "breed of dog commonly known as a pit bull." - so, that would be any dog that any common person might call a "pit bull" - I guess it's all in the name.

I've been bitten by dogs twice: once was a collie and the other was a cocker spaniel.

This is why when our beloved Rottie moved on to doggie after life we changed breeds to Labs. Our Rottie was the sweetest dog ever.  To much discrimination out there for some breeds. It's all about the owners to me but dog breeds is a can of worms that goes sideways when open.

If your dog "looks" like or resembles a Pit Bull to anyone that can pose a problem for you if it becomes an issue. Most likely you will lose but the little yappers and other breeds that annoy or bite people will be able to stay.

Pit bulls were bread from Bull dogs and Terriers. There is a breed called "The American Pit Bull Terrier". Good luck on your ventures.

James

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I think you will find the towns do not use these ordinances to harass, but to have a means to deal with specific problems.

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Specific breed prohibitions are fairly common in RV parks but I wasn't aware that there were cities and counties prohibiting them. Digging around the internet I found what seems to be pretty good information on the subject from Dogs Bite dot org and you may be interested in looking through it. 

While we have not owned a dog usually found on such lists in a long time, we did at one time have a Malamute which is on many of those lists as they are very large, strong, and protective of the people that they consider to be theirs. Ours weighed in a 157# of lean muscle and while he was very loving and social, he was also protective and would clearly have gone into the attack mode to defend Pam on a moment's notice. I have watched Brutus eat completely the thigh bone from a deer in under 5 minutes, a bit longer for a rawhide bone of the largest size. The reason some places restrict such breeds is mostly from fear of what could happen if he were to bite someone and I must agree that his bite would have crushed bones. We lived on an acreage when we owned him. As much as we loved that dog, I do understand the reasons for such restrictions.

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i used to have two very loving rotts- mix. there bite is the stroungest of any dog out there.

sad both are gone now. 

i have been around many breeds of dogs including pitts. but they were pusscats. just wanted some attention.  even guard dogs were ok... during the day. at night they were on duty.

but in all the little rat dogs have been the most agressave. been bitten by them dozens of times. just there bit amounts to nothing.

sad it is the humans that are the problem not the dog breed.

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I would do my homework on this.  Kansas also has some cities/counties that have ordinances, and typically, they read like this:  

"The county resolution also states a pit bull dog will include any breed of bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, or mixed breeds commonly known as pit bulls."

Most, if not all, cities/counties have resolutions/laws to deal with dogs determined as "vicious" and dogs running at large.  I am often surprised at the number of people that will release a dog to run in an open area when traveling.

A well-behaved dog on a leash with an owner cleaning up after their dog most likely would not be considered a problem.  We have a "chowish" dog, and only 1 KOA said with changes due to insurance coverage, we would not be allowed to stay in their park even though our dog was the perfect visitor - we can spend our money elsewhere.

Sadly, some areas that have the bans have them for good reason as the areas are known for dog fighting, and the dogs that are involved in that and being bred for that purpose are a definite issue.

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