August 20, 2013 Hearing
Watertown, WI - Back in August, dog bite victim activists geared up for the first reading of the proposed High Risk Dog ordinance. The Watertown Safety and Welfare Committee had been working on the ordinance since February and a considerable amount of public input had already been given. In mid August, the revised ordinance was introduced to city council and contained two tracks 1.) High Risk Dogs (pit bulls) and 2.) Vicious Dogs (pertaining to all dog… [Read full blog post]
Revisiting Important Posts and Pages
DogsBite.org - To help new readers gain stronger footing, we are revisiting important parts of the website. These posts and pages address common questions that are sent into DogsBite.org from across the United States. Other ways to gain an overview of this website is by browsing Sticky Stories and Must Read Posts. For daily updates pertaining to dangerous dogs and pit bull issues, along with its growing blog sphere, readers can follow t… [Read full blog post]
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]
Linda Henry after surviving a near fatal pit bull mauling.
Victim After Mauling
UPDATE 05/31/13: Linda Henry who was nearly mauled to death by her own pit bulls in March, recently spoke to WDSU.com. Henry suffered the loss of both arms and disfiguring eye injury in the savage attack. The dogs also ripped most of her scalp from her skull. "The worst part," Henry said, "was my head." Henry underwent skin grafts this week to replace the skin that was ripped from her skull. A local com… [Read full blog post]
Malden, MA - Last week we reported on a pit bull ordinance passed by Malden City Council. Part of the blog post addressed Dr. Amy Marder who claimed that "a leash will prevent dog bites as well as a muzzle" when being quizzed by Councillor Neil C. Kinnon. The post also noted that the "hollering pit bull owners" attending the meeting failed to grasp the language of the ordinance, which grandfathered in existing pit bull owners if they registered their dog prior to M… [Read full blog post]
Pit Bull Muzzle LawMalden, MA - On Tuesday, Malden City Council approved a measure requiring pit bull-type dogs to wear a muzzle in public. The city now joins a growing number of municipalities in Massachusetts to place restrictions on the notorious breed, including: Boston, Lowell, Lynn, Worcester and others (See: Full list). The 7-4 vote follows three years of discussion and debate and represents a legislative victory for Councillor Neil C. Kinnon who has fought for the… [Read full blog post]
Where Does One Start?
DogsBite.org – Over the past several years, many persons have written to us and asked, "How do I pass a pit bull ordinance in my town?" As one might expect, there is no simple answer to this question and perhaps a better question is, "How do I pass any ordinance in my town?" This website collects dog bite data, dog bite trends and laws designed to regulate dangerous dogs. The grassroots effort required to pass a local ordinance is a separate sphere.
While res… [Read full blog post]
Councilman Addresses Ban
Lakewood, OH - On May 19, councilman Brian Powers of the City of Lakewood proposed a pit bull ban. The current administration, including Mayor Edward FitzGerald, City Prosecutor Richard Neff, and animal control officers, are supportive of the legislation. Since the introduction of the proposed ordinance, a number of Lakewood residents have approached Powers with questions. Powers writes a brilliant summary of these questions, along with his… [Read full blog post]