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18 APBT's and the law




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This article is from the American Pit Bull Terriers Breed FAQ, by Michael Bur with numerous contributions by others.

18 APBT's and the law

In the past several years, an alarming number of local jurisdictions
throughout the United States, and indeed the world, have passed
"breed specific" laws pertaining to "Pit Bulls" or "Dogs that are
found to be of Pit Bull type". These laws are written in vague
language and range from requiring the dog to be muzzled in public
and forcing owner to take out a special insurance policy, to the
outright banning of "Pit Bulls". These laws are unfair because
they discriminate against a dog just because it is a certain breed,
or that it "looks" like a certain breed. These laws fail to address
the real problems of truly vicious dogs of any breed and irresponsible
owners. Any current or prospective APBT owner should be aware of any
special breed related laws in his or her local jurisdiction. One way
to keep tabs on, and fight, breed specific legislation is to join
the Endangered Breed Association (see "References" section). Another
way to indirectly fight this mind-set is through responsible ownership.
An APBT owner must take extra measures to ensure that their dogs are
never running loose and make an extra effort in socialization and
training. The public automatically expects the worse, don't confirm
their expatations.



 

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