How Germany Regulates Dangerous Dog Breeds -- Reader Provides Translation

Laws Target Criminals and Owners Pay Special Taxes DogsBite.org - Every now and again, a surprising email arrives at DogsBite.org from a foreign country. This one is sure to inspire new ideas about regulating dangerous dog breeds. In May, a reader from Germany sent in a description of breed-specific legislation in Germany. We used Google Translate to convert the German Wikipedia page mentioned in the description, which also describes breed-specific laws in Austria, Swi… [Read full blog post]

Trinidad Proclaims Dangerous Dogs Act; Comes into Force August 1, 2012

Act Proclaimed Trinidad - It was announced this week by the government of Trinidad and Tobago that the Dangerous Dogs Act will be proclaimed on August 1, 2012. The Act originally passed in June 2000, but was never proclaimed.1 The Dangerous Dogs Act requires owners of dangerous dogs to be at least 18 years old, carry $250,000 of insurance, adhere to special containment requirements, sterilization and registration, and to apply for and obtain a $500 annual license per dog."I… [Read full blog post]

Irish Radio Airs Documentary of Man Mauled to Death by Pit Bulls in Malaysia

Maurice Sullivan and Agnieszka Jablonska September 17, 2012 marks the one-year anniversary of RTE Radio 1 airing Maurice - A Final Journey by radio documentary maker Sarah Blake. To date, not a single U.S. journalist, or public TV or public radio producer has ever delved so deeply into the human victims' side of this story: The events leading up to a devastating fatal pit bull mauling and what happened to the victim's family members in the aftermath. In 2012, Maurice - A Final J… [Read full blog post]

Victoria Signals End to Unregistered Pit Bulls After Fatal Attack

30 Days Amnesty Melbourne, AU - In the wake of a little girl brutally killed by a pit bull-mix in a "home-invasion" attack, the Baillieu Government is rushing new laws through Parliament to arm council officers with the power to seize and destroy unregistered restricted dog breeds.1 Prior to this, crosses of restricted breeds could escape inclusion on the dangerous dogs register. Owners of pit bull crosses have one month to register their dogs or face the animal's seizure an… [Read full blog post]

Family of Mauling Death Victim Awaits Apology from Dogs' Owner

Denise's son shown hugging her casket during funeral services. Pit Bulls Seized Chaguanas, Trinidad - On Monday, 46-year old Denise Rackal was brutally mauled to death by a pack of pit bulls belonging to Chaguanas police officer Daryl La Pierre.1 Rackal, a security guard with Personal Safety and Security Training Company Limited, had been walking to work at the time of the incident. According to neighbors, the same dogs killed 15 dogs last year and attacked two people.2 Rac… [Read full blog post]

Malaysian City Bans Seven Dangerous Dog Breeds; Includes American Bulldog

Unmanageable Breeds Subang Jaya, MY - The City of Subang Jaya has banned seven dangerous dog breeds: American bulldog, American pit bull, Japanesa tosa, Neapolitan mastiff, akita, dogo argentino and fila brasileiro. The ban is in immediate effect and operations are underway to check residential areas for them. The ban stems from a directive by the Selangor Veterinary Department that classifies the dogs as "predisposed to aggressive or dangerous behavior."1Subang Jay… [Read full blog post]