Dog Ban

what do you think about banning specific breeds of dogs? wolf cross, yep. dogs breed for aggressive reaction? I agree with that to. BUT, what about dogs breed for protection? That’s where I struggle to agree with categorically banning dog breeds.

Associated Press – 06/16/2007

ST. PAUL – A state
lawmaker called on his colleagues Friday to make it illegal to own five
breeds of dogs he deemed a threat to public safety.

Rep.
John Lesch, DFL-St. Paul, said he plans to push next year for a state
ban on Akitas, chow chows, Rottweilers, pit bulls and wolf hybrids or
mixed-breed dogs with any of the above traits.

“You
never hear stories about roving packs of golden retrievers attacking
children in our streets,” Lesch said. “But you do hear about the pit
bulls, who are responsible, according to Minnesota statistics, for up
to one-third of the vicious attacks in this state in the past five
years.”

To
drive home his point, Lesch appeared at a Capitol news conference with
5-year-old Brianna Senn, whose face carried wounds from a pit bull
attack this month on St. Paul’s East Side. He mentioned other serious
attacks in recent months and distributed a packet of news clippings
about them.

The
dog that attacked Brianna was previously declared “potentially
dangerous” by city inspectors. Brianna’s mother, Kristina Eide, said
it’s time to get tougher on such dogs.

“I would rather protect my daughter than protect an animal,” she said.

Violating the proposed law would be a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 90 days in jail and $1,000 fines.

A
half-dozen members of a group that finds homes for neglected or
abandoned Rottweilers, pit bulls and other nontraditional breeds
criticized the proposal as too difficult to enforce and unfair to
responsible dog owners.

“I
don’t think mass exterminating five breeds of dogs is going to solve
the problem of dog bites,” said Kellie Dillner, assistant education
director with A Rotta Love Plus.

Dillner said better enforcing existing dangerous dog laws would be more effective than enacting breed-specific bans.

The
city of Denver enacted a pit bull ban in 2005. This April, three dog
owners filed a federal lawsuit over the ordinance giving them the
choice of moving out of the city or giving up their pets to have them
put to death. A least 1,110 dogs have been seized and killed under the
law, according to the lawsuit’s backers.

Miami and Cincinnati are two other major cities that ban pit bulls, according to the American Canine Foundation.

Minnesota
legislators last took a serious look at the dangerous dog issue in
2001. Another St. Paul Democrat, then-Rep. Andy Dawkins, pushed to
require microchips be implanted in dogs seized after attacks to keep
better track of them.

Owners must pay the cost of implanting the chips.

Other
law changes required annual registration of dogs labeled dangerous for
past attacks. It also spelled out how animal control authorities can go
about destroying dogs that inflict “substantial or great bodily harm”
on humans.