How Germany Regulates Dangerous Dog Breeds -- Reader Provides Translation

Laws Target Criminals and Owners Pay Special Taxes - Every now and again, a surprising email arrives at 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."1 Subang Jay… [Read full blog post]

Ontario Gets it Right, Again: Denies Cesar Millan's Pit Bull Entry into Province

True Alpha Dog Ontario, CA - The Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario, Canada recently told "Dog Whisperer" Cesar Millan that he was welcome in the province for a press tour, but that his pit bull was not. In 2005, under the Dog Owners' Liability Act, Ontario banned pit bulls. Attorney General Chris Bentley recently stated, "We have a piece of legislation and it applies to all. We don't amend it on the fly. We respect the law and we expect the law applies equally to all." Part… [Read full blog post]

Ecuador Joins International Trend: Bans Pit Bulls and Rottweilers as Pets

Mixed Breeds Included Ecuador - The country of Ecuador is set to ban rottweilers and pit bull terriers as pets, Quito-based newspaper El Comercio reported, citing the health and agriculture ministries. The new rule, which also includes dogs interbred with the two types, will go into effect in March. Care of dogs used by police and private security companies will also be regulated. The ban was announced after a child in Quito was killed by two pit bulls four months ago. Ecuador… [Read full blog post]