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Todd Dills

Pit bulls in-cab: Resource for local laws?

| January 04, 2014

Buddy Roe Mary Hanlon's pit bull edit

Reader Mary Hanlon wrote in with a heartening story about the pit bull pictured above, Buddy Roe, which “somebody dropped off at my house,” she says. Local animal control told her very few pits get adopted, “and wind up euthanized.” As she tells it: 

Hanlon's certainly wouldn't be the first driver to run with a pet pit. Gilbert (pictured) was an entry in our Most Love Pets competition, recently rounded up. He's the pet of owner-operator Lee Williams, who says he was adopted "from Villalobos Rescue Center" after having been there seven years following rescue from a California fighting ring. "We had applied to other places for a pet, but because we are truck drivers they wouldn’t adopt to us.  Thank god Villalobos thought outside of the box." Gilbert "loves riding.... His forever home is with us."
Operator Hanlon certainly wouldn’t be the first driver to run with a pet pit. Gilbert (pictured) was an entry in our Most Loved Pets competition, recently rounded up. He’s the pet of owner-operator Lee Williams, who says he was adopted “from Villalobos Rescue Center” in New Orleans after having been there seven years following rescue from a California fighting ring. “We had applied to other places for a pet, but because we are truck drivers they wouldn’t adopt to us. Thank god Villalobos thought outside of the box.” Gilbert “loves riding…. His forever home is with us.”

My heart got in front of my head, and after calling every animal shelter in the surrounding five counties and the local sheriff’s office to see if anybody had reported a lost Pit Bull — no such luck — … I am looking at a whole new lifestyle traveling the United States with a pit bull. 

While searching the Internet for a resources on locales that look unfavorably on the breed, she’s found “links for individual cities and counties,” she says, with laws that “range from everything from leash length to muzzles to Denver, where if they find what they determine to be a pit bull in your vehicle, the dog is confiscated and immediately put down.” Certain counties in Rhode Island, she adds, don’t allow pit bulls to be transported through their counties. 

Is there a central location out that collects and files pit bull-related laws around the nation? I have a suspicion it may be as hairy as the laws on carry a firearms through certain districts. Any of the pit owners in the audience have a suggestion for her?

While the dogsbite.org site has listings by state of so-called “breed specific laws” on the books, there’s not really effective search tool to see laws along a particular route. 

Any thoughts on areas where enforcement of such laws is active could be helpful, too. 

  • Chef David Edelstein

    A) Dogsbite.org is NOT A CREDIBLE SOURCES OF INFORMATION… they are a Pit Bull HATE group disguised as a “Dog Bite Victims Support Group” and they themselves claim their sources of information is the American Media Establishment (which as we know is 1% fact and 99% entertainment.)

    B) Denying the transport of a Pit Bull through a breed specific legislation town is both unlawful and unconstitutional and typically out of that town’s juricdiction as most highways are governed by state authority. In the case of Denver, CO… the city of Denver was court ordered to strike the “non-transport” verbiage from their local ordinance/ pit bull ban, yet the city has failed to comply. This is the same city that also has no quams with confiscating and destroying Pit Bulls working as Service and Therapy Dogs for Veterans and Disabled Persons. The city of Denver was again court ordered to comply with national standards set forth by the Americans With Disabilities act (backed by the US Dept Of Justice. That federal mandate was due March 15, 2011, yet as of today’s date… the city is still not in compliance.
    In fact, on Dec 6th, 2010… the majority of the Denver city council voted AGAINST compliance and “We have no intentions of bowing down to the people in Washington DC… we’ll take our chances in Federal Court.” Yes, there is a video of this city council meeting on the city Denver website.

    C) Because BSL ebs and flow daily… its difficult to define a list of BSL cities in the US. When in doubt (yes, its a hassle)… check with that city’s animal ordinance for bans and restrictions.

    Fun fact- not ONE credible animal welfare organization globally supports BSL… in fact most have a very public position statement against the institution of banning a particular breed of dog in the pursuit of of public safety.
    Just for sh*ts and giggles… this is how the American Bar Association weighed in on BSL- https://www.americanbar.org/newsletter/publications/gp_solo_magazine_home/gp_solo_magazine_index/pitbull.html
    For additional position statements WITH SOURCES, check out http://www.teampitafull.org/ThoseInTheKnow.html

  • Mike Stein

    Try PBAUS. http://pbaus.org/?page_id=1945

    Dogsbite also tends to inflate the numbers… They’re slow to remove when a ban is withdrawn. The people who run the site above have also been contacting jurisdictions to determine level of enforcement.

  • Todd Dills

    Appreciate you sharing this, Mike.

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