Pit Bull Bans (USA)

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Map of Bans in the U.S.(Red represents the states with some type of ban action pursued)

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America is supposed to be THE LAND OF THE FREE and the home of the brave, yet many people do not have the right to own a Pit Bull.  What does this mean?  Lets look at this with a little more perspective.  There are many criminals out there, using this breed for their personal benefit.  The breed is being blamed for all this mess, and criminals are getting off with a slap on the wrist.  Seeing as the criminals are the ones causing all the problems, they are essentially controlling our government, by forcing the government to ban the breed, because the government cannot control the criminals.  The criminals still get Pit Bulls, breed them underground, and the only ones who suffer, are true Pit Bull lovers, and the Pit Bulls themselves.  As a result of these criminals, we now have a full-on extermination of this breeds reputation, and may one day be forced to put down the breed for good.

Colorado

-Denver
Active Ban
May 9, 2005

-Aurora
Proposed Ban
September 27, 2005

-Parker
Proposed Ban
January 17, 2006

Florida

-Miami
-Dade County
Overturned by Court
1989

Hawaii

-State Of Hawaii
Dead Ban

Iowa

-Sioux City
Active Ban
September 15, 2008

-Council Bluffs
Active Ban
2004

Kansas

-Overland Park
Active Ban

-Eureka
Active Ban

Kentucky

-Union County
Active Ban
January 1, 2008

Maryland

-Prince Georges County
Active Ban
1996

Michigan

-Livingston County
Active Ban
May 20, 2008

-Melvindale
Active Ban
April 4, 1990

Mississippi

-Tupelo City
Proposed Ban
September 28, 2006

Missouri

-Springfield
Active Ban
April 13, 2006

-Kearney
Active Ban

Ohio

-Youngstown
Active Ban
January 10, 1999

-Garfield Heights
Active Ban
October 24, 2007

Oklahoma

-Oklahoma State
Proposed
June 21, 2005

Rhode Island

-Pawtucket
Active Ban
January 1, 2004

Tennessee

-Shelbyville
Proposed Ban
November 18, 2006

-Sparta
Active Ban

Utah

-Delta City
Active Ban

-Springville City
Active Ban

Washington

-Royal City
Active Ban
January 12, 2007

-Enumclaw
Active Ban

-Richland
Proposed Ban
December 21, 2006

West Virginia

-Wheeling
Active Ban
January 17, 2006

If there are any more in the United States, or if something comes up, that isn’t on here, please let me know at admin@defendpitbulls.com

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  1. Banthem4life on

    Pit bulls are dangerous killers and should be forced into extinction. It’s morons like you that defend an animal that continues to viciously murder innocent children. You ppl make me absolutely sick. Hope your own pit bulls turn on you one day and someone just leaves you to rot.

  2. hey i used you website to write a paper about the good and the bad about pit bulls and breeds alike, i enjoyed the comments (including the biased onse) but im still not sure where i stand on pit bulls yes they are dangerous, but how much more dangerous are they than the next big dog breed?

    • Pit-Bulls are only dangerous if the owner makes them that way. They are one of the most docile dogs that you could own. They are very loyal, so if you have a douche bag owner who trains the dog for fighting, the dog will attack if they are made do so. And that is one reason to feel so bad for these animals, they are so loyal that they will do whatever their master desires to please them. We got a pit-bull about 2 weeks ago, and he wouldn’t hurt a fly. He is so loving and caring, its crazy. They are very good dogs for children, and they also make great companions. So don’t listen to the media, they twist the reputation of these fantastic animals. Do real research before basing your opinion off corrupt media.

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  4. In May of 2005, the City & County of Denver, CO. after two pit bull attacks, one of which resulted in a 5 year-old girl killed passed an absolute total ban on Pit Bulls, and any dogs that are 40% or more pitt bull. The law was applied retroactively, so pitt bulls already in the city & county were NOT grandfathered in. Over the next few months, animal control agents, escorted by police went to pitt bull owners homes and confiscated the dogs. Even those with no record of trouble. The dogs were then immediately euthanized. Owners were not permitted to contest or appeal.

  5. hi my name is alex im 22 and trien my best to change my city of pawtucket they grandfathered a law against pitbulls someone dog was off the leash and chasing ppl thru out the state ppl r made at the state for not fighting. so please help

  6. passionforpaws on

    saying all pitbulls are aggressive is wrong because its the owners fault not the dog breed ive had pitbulls since before I was born. when I was a baby my dog bronx used to lay with me next to my crib. also that’s like pointing at a pitbull and saying oh that dog barked at me once sniffed me then licked me, euthanize it, then you point at a chiuwawa and say that dog only has bit a couple of children ripped out a throat or two no big deal. its not like I hate chiwawas its just an example of what some people do.

  7. The #1 breed for dog bites is the Labrador Retriever. Pit Bulls…or rather the top three breeds that get lumped under the label of “Pit Bull” (since AKC does not have, nor does it recognize a “Pit Bull” breed….only the UKC, a European registry does) all scored in the top 15 of best tempered in temperament testing.
    To blame the breed rather than the piss poor owners who misuse, abuse and/or fail to properly train their dogs to be good canine citizens just shows a knee jerk reaction and pure ignorance.

    • Pit Bulls are the best breed of dog I have ever owned. I’ve had Poodles, Pomeranian, Dobermans, bird dogs, Labrador Retriever, Chow Chow, Beagles, mixed breeds and more. By far, the Pit Bull is the smartest, most affectionate and loyal. I am very much against Breed Specific Legislation and any type of ban on animal breeds simply because of their breed, but every person has the right to their own opinion, and can voice that opinion as they choose. I simply wish people would be more informed especially if they are posting “stats” about Pit Bulls, their aggressive behavior and specifically bite incidents/fatality bite incidents.
      Wikipedia has compiled a great article with an amazing amount of resources, including University Studies, CDC Studies, media information and records and more. If you read all the details and information it clearly shows that fatality incidents involving Pit Bulls began to dramatically increase in the late 1990′s. That is approximately the same time the severe incline of dog fighting began. The details and information class together several breeds; American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Bull Terrier; along with an mix of those breeds and unfortunately any mix breed that resembles a Pit Bull. That alone seriously skews the accuracy of any and all studies performed. That would be like stating someone has a disease because their uncle has the disease. Or it would be like stating all people from the United States act the same, wear the same clothes, eat the same foods, etc. We know that isn’t the case, no two people are alike…and neither are any two dogs.
      Someone mentioned Pit Bulls were breed to be fighting dogs. Were they used as fighting dogs, absolutely. Was that their breeding purpose, absolutely not! Used for hunting boar and bear; they had to be quick, agile, and extremely strong. Believed to have also been used in wartime battles back prior to the Roman Empire. Are their idiots out here that have brought back the purpose of fighting, yes, and they should be eradicated before the breed should be banned. The dogs are simply doing what they are “trained” to do. You can train a soldier to kill, does it make him a bad human….HELL NO! So why does it make the entire breed bad, because some are trained to fight and kill other dogs?
      With the information clearly showing the increase of fatalities occurring the same time as the increase in dog fighting, shouldn’t that show everyone that it is truly the owners and not the breed. If the fighting would not have become popular, would the increase in the fatalities have occurred? I highly doubt it. If we remove all the dog fighting from the situation, and all those owners, would the “Pit Bull” still be the number one fatality breed? I highly doubt it, they weren’t for many decades.
      Please everyone just take the time to seriously think about what these animals go through. They are abused, neglected, taught to fight and destroy, teethered to homes (which from as early as 800AD was notated as the best way to make a dog aggressive). And then when they attack a human we are surprised by their aggressive behavior. It is not their fault they are taught to be this way. They didn’t ask for it, they ask to be loved and accepted for the amazing affectionate, lap dogs that they are. Take the time to think before the next time you say…all Pit Bulls are bad, all of them are aggressive, all of them should be banned. Instead, how about we ban the owners that mistreat them and see if it doesn’t change the fatality count over the next 40 years.
      With proper training, exercise, affection, and love (and yes they need a combination of all), Pits are amazing dogs that should be given a chance on an individual basis….just like people.

  8. After being attacked not once but twice by two different pitbulls. They are unpredictable- friend one minute-foe the next minute. We have had the county out four times in two weeks-they have picked three of them up running loose and now in the midst of prosecuting the dog owner for violating a one-bite law statue and not having a 100,000 dollar bond on his dangerous animal-he is facing possible jail time as well as a civil suit. Local police has advise that any citizen may shoot a dangerous animal not matter where it is -if there is a imminent threat of attack or bite and your allowed to use deadly force before the bite-so we are now!!!

    • If you’re having the issue of calling the county for stray Pits, you’re problem is not the dog breed. It’s the people who allow the dogs to breed without any type of positive living experiences. These dogs are on the streets fighting for their lives. And yes they are powerful dogs, however if you put any animal in a situation where they are living just to stay alive of course they’re going to be unpredictable/dangerous. Now you’ve got an unpredictable, powerful animal who may have had extremely unpleasant human interactions… yet you want to blame them, because society decided to neglect them? If societies answers to Pit Bulls were part of a moral test, they’d fail the test!

  9. For the past 30 years, the number one breed of dog involved in human fatalities, is pit bull or pit bull mix. One-third of deaths were contributed to this breed. Do not defend this breed, they will turn on you no matter how much love you show them. I’ve seen it happen three times and have heard numerous stories of the same. They need to be banned/eradicated.

  10. Facts ar e Facts, Pit Bulls have been and still are breed to fight. So fight them. Keep them away from my house, kids, park, and my dog. The majority, and you cannot seriously argue this owners of pit bulls are morons. I’ve had one come up and ask me if my Lab was a fighting dog. His pit was on a leash behind him and he told me his was a fighting dog. I told him if his dog attacked my dog I would shoot him first and then his dog. Get rid of the breed or, make it legal to fight them again and then maybe we can get rid of them through attrition. Search “Trunking” another pit bull owner past time. Violent breed, killed 33 in 2012, dumb, dumb 99.9% disillusioned dumb owners.

  11. you should have every state on there. there is a military base in almost every state isnt there? I know, for the air force at least, your not allowed to own a pitbull while living on an air force base. i think their might be a few other breeds banned but thats the one i remember most. i feel this is kinda like the gun law…. there are no bad pitbulls, just bad owners…… flows with there are no bad guns only bad people

    • I know, I’m sorry but I don’t keep up on this site as much as I should, and there is not enough time in the day to keep up on all the changing pit bull laws. I wish I could, but for the past 3-4 years more and more news seems to spike.

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  14. whitney masterson on

    fuck u pitbulls r grate dogs maybe druggies should stop fighting them nd people should start loveing them i love pits to death nd i can say idf there was no pit on this earth i would die cause i fight for pits ive been helping them ever sence i was a lil kid ive got brang up with them they where all gd dogs nd u all can fuck your selfs cause i would rather have my kids be rased with pitbulls over any breed of dog

  15. All that the public has to do is do your home work on your dog.It’s a known fact that ankle bitter’s bit more than any other dog…Like datson,poddle and chiwawa’s are more dangerous than any big dog’s.And yes I’ve got pitt’s and had pitt’s for almost 15yrs..All my life I’ve never seen a mean pittbull unless the owner is a gang banger or a drug dealer..that’s. How they get the bad rep from…keep it up and we won’t have any good dog’s left…plz stop killin off the breed!!

  16. I own a great “lap” dog that is a FULL blooded pitbull. People associate these dogs to be so violent. That is not the case, they once were baby sitting dogs. This was because the parents would leave their children in the care on these dogs when they needed to time away from the care of the children. As an owner of one of these breeds I have heard everything. My biggest point to them is that “this” breed of dog will bite. ALL DOGS will bite if they reach their limit. ALL ANIMALS will attack if they feel threatened. To the people that state that the pitbull dogs need to be wide clean from earth I have this. Elephants in Africa kill more humans then pitbulls, lets kill of all elaphants. Tigers in Asia kill more humans than a pitbull, lets kill all tigers. Scorpions in Arizona kill more humans the pitbulls, lets kil;l; all the types of scorpions. HUMANS KILL MORE HUMANS than pitbulls. Why humans thimnk they have the power to extremenate a dog from this plant when humans are by FAR worse is incredible.

  17. As a submarine owner from Lake Michigan, I’m appalled that they’ve enacted a ban on pitbulls in my home lake. My dog, Ahab, is not violent.

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  19. Kassidy~Eden on

    I wish people knew the truth about Pitbulls. They are actually really good dogs:) and about the whole ban thing thats dumb. Makin’ a ban cause some owners are stupid and make their dogs fight:( Not all Pitt’s are that way… AT ALL:/

  20. i have a pit and when we went to some weird city in tenesse they said that they were glad that pitbulls werre banned. i have alot of stories to share from that experience but one story that i will never forget is when a little boy asked if my dog would eat him. i laughed cuz it weighs more than i do but the next year he remembered it and since then adopted a dog. Sadly it wasnt a pitbull but that experience made me really upset then happy but what i learned is that people lie and to stick your head up and walk your dog proudly.

  21. it has been 14yrs since pitbulls has be ban. i need help on overturning the ban of pitbulls in P.Gcounty. it is not the breed fought but the owners who train then to be vicious animals. i have a 8month pit and she is the love of my life and im mentally and physical attach. i dont think that they should be ban just the owners and it the law is overturn i think that owners shoud have the proper paper work and lisences for there animals and alsoa chip where they resides. i have a voice and for my animals and ineed help to insure the public people that pits are not what poeple say they are. if you have any information that will help or and any petition i can sign or no other organization please help me and oveturning the county (pg) dicision to stop baninning pit……thanks

  22. Found this very helpfull looking to relocate to Calrksville TN to attened APSU having a hard time finding a place to rent for my family of pet lovers because of our pit mix any one got a lead email wlplatzek@gci.net

  23. how can they ban pit bulls in MO its not right what if the people defending pit bulls banned the people banning pit bulls. that just shows how dumb people that are banning pit bulls are they know nothing about pit bulls. they think that pit bulls are mean and should be killed i don’t im 13 yrs old but i will stand up for what i love and i wont back down.

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  25. Henry McCullough on

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  26. Hi, I couldn’t have said it better myself, and if you don’t mind I plan on usinging your statement as part of my thesis. The breed needs us to speek up, keep up the good work.

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