Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Lancaster County, SC - The Lancaster County Council is cracking down on three breeds of dogs: pit bulls, American bulldogs and canary dogs. The proposal comes just days after two 10-year-old cousins were sent to the hospital after a family pit bull attacked them. Officials say the proposed ordinance was in the works long before that attack, but was prompted by past dog attacks.
Under the proposed law, owners of the three dangerous breeds would be required to: keep their dogs in a pen with an 8-foot fence, or a secure top; wear a bright yellow or orange collar that identifies them as dangerous; register them yearly at animal control and notify officials if they move or sell the dog; and most importantly -- for reasons of victim recourse -- hold liability insurance.
County leaders said they want to be reasonable, and are willing to work to dog owners to find a balance. But they're concerned about recent and past attacks, and preventing future ones.
“If you're going to have a vicious animal, you're going to have to have certain regulations you have to live to," Lancaster County administrator Steve Willis said.
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Billy Holden breeds and raises pit bulls in Lancaster County, and has for 28 years. He said by targeting his breed, the law is just unfair.
“The man next door has a rottweiler or a German shepherd and he doesn't have to do the same thing I do. That's not right. It doesn't seem fair," he said.
Holden also said getting liability insurance for a pit bull is nearly impossible.
Classic! A pit breeder assuming victimhood!
It's not fair when a kid is taking a lifeflight either.
The county has to deal with South Carolina having a pre-emptive NO-BSL Law bought by the Dog Lobby years ago. They'll be sued for the "Right to Bite" by the Pit Nutters and possibly the State.