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Q: What do you think places should do in place of BSL?

August 29, 2009 | By Erin R. | 5 answers | Expired: 1902 days ago

What do you think places should do in place of BSL?

What kind of restrictions or actions should cities, counties, states, or other communities do in place of BSL (Breed Specific Legislation)? BSL can also be placing very strict rules, requirements, and SPECIAL lisences on owning a certian breed, as well as banning them.

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Pitbullluvr17
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Aug 31, 2009

I also think that the laws should focus on the owners because they train the dogs they take care of them so why is it that dogs in good homes are "under control" and dogs in bad homes aren't? I also think that people should have to have licenses to breed dogs all dogs because there are so many in shelters that need homes and backyard breeders don't care about their dogs as long as they get the money. Its not hard to track down what kind of dog a person owns because they should have licenses for their dogs and if the dog doesn't have a license then the owners in trouble anyway. But no matter how hard we try to get our point across who knows if we ever will because the public is stupid, that's why i hate working with them, but you have to if you have something you want to change.

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Kris
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Aug 29, 2009

I feel the laws need to be geared toward owner responsibility. If an owner is found to be irresponsible (e.g. they do not keep their dog contained and there are multiple complaints that the dog is running loose and behaving agressively / biting, the dog is constantly left chained in a yard with no attention - there are numerous examples; those are just a couple), then the owner should receive citations and should prove that they have changed their behavior or the dog should be removed from their home. If the owner has a dog removed, they should be banned from owing other dogs (first offense I would say ban for 5 years; future offensed - ban for life). Banning a breed is much easier to enforce, and it would require a lot of involvement and education at the community level. With the internet and media resources available today, I think this can be done. Any money collected from fines related to dog bites, etc. should be put into this program. I also think shelters, breeders, pet stores, etc. where people get these dogs should provide education and do thorough checks on the people wanting a dog.

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Denise L.
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Aug 29, 2009

I agree that the legislation should be geared to the owners/guardians, as the breed is not to blame. Maybe routine house checks & proper punishment for those who don't care for the dogs in the right way (like keeping them chained outside, neglecting them in a garage, the dog is malnourished due to neglect, etc.).

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Nelson M.
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Aug 30, 2009

All the comments here are excellent.

Municipalities should also stress low cost spay and neuter.

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Anonymous
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Aug 29, 2009

I think it should be BSLO. Breed Specific Legislation of Owners. Clearly the breeds that the legislation represents were "hijacked." Owners of the "problem" dogs ARE the problem, their stupidity leads to breeding the dogs that make the news. And the dogs pay the price and the owners get a slap on the wrist.
That's why there are so many of the "problem" breeds in shelters...because of the question, "How were they raised, how were they treated, what were the owners like?" You can't take the chance...If you were to acquire a dog from a REPUTABLE breeder with papers and documentation (the breeder that is) I would imagine you would be able to trust the dog's disposition a lot better. Just my opinion..

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