Stop the Maulings
Portland, OR - Senator Bruce Starr of Oregon recently introduced a bill that would create a statewide ban on the future ownership of pit bulls. The bill follows a series of severe pit bull attacks that have occurred in Oregon. This type of law, which makes the breeding of future pit bulls illegal, acts to choke off future maulings and pit bulls bred for the purposes of dogfighting. The bill has not yet had its first reading on the Senate floor; this is expected in 1-2 weeks.
"Prohibits keeping of pit bull. Creates exception for pit bulls currently in state upon meeting certain conditions. Declares pit bull dangerous dog and makes keeping of pit bull punishable by euthanization of dog and by maximum of $6,250 fine, one year's imprisonment, or both. If dog kills person, punishes by maximum of $125,000 fine, five years' imprisonment, or both." Read the entire bill (pdf).
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