AKC and Pit Bull Advocates "Flip Out"
Massachusetts - It is unclear who sponsored House Bill 5092, but the legislation has the AKC, breeders and pit bull advocates going wild with alarm. This is particularly true because the bill had begun as House Bill 1948, which supported these groups. The legislation, however magically, shifted into 5092, which is in direct opposition to all three. The bill especially targets breeders.
House Bill 5092 Components | View Bill 5092
- Mandatory spay/neuter of all dogs over 12 months of age; or in the alternative, owners will have to qualify for and annually purchase an intact animal permit at a cost of up to $500 per dog.
- Limiting the number of reproductive events per female dog to one litter per year, with few exceptions and requiring the reporting of all sales of puppies to local jurisdictions.
- Eliminating the practice of tethering for periods over three hours with few exceptions. Violators are subject to a $250 file.
- Allowing towns and cities to impose breed-specific ordinances by a majority vote of the governing body.
- Establishing nuisance laws that can result in animals being sterilized, banished and or destroyed after an investigation by persons in charge of animal complaints.
Dog fancying lobbying groups, breeders and dog loving pit bull owners are hardly dog loving. They oppose nearly all breeding regulations and oversight despite that fact that animals benefit by them. Simultaneously, they expect taxpayers to clean up the mess this lack of oversight creates: animal overpopulation, abuse and high euthanization rates and attacks from dangerous dogs.
In other news:
South Pittsburg, Tennessee Ban Pit Bulls
South Pittsburg, TN - City Council members recently passed a pit bull ban. City administrator Tom Landers said local officials have had too many reports of pit bulls running loose and attacking pets and people. WDEF.com interviewed several town members about the ban and a pit bull owner that wants to rescind the law. WDEF.com also polled residents. The response was overwhelmingly in support of the ban 73% to 27%.
03/16/08: HB 101 Backers Getting Bulldozed by Pit Bull Advocates
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