Pit Bull Bans (USA)


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

Pit Bull BSL

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.


Active Ban
May 9, 2005

Proposed Ban
September 27, 2005

Proposed Ban
January 17, 2006


-Dade County
Overturned by Court


-State Of Hawaii
Dead Ban


-Sioux City
Active Ban
September 15, 2008

-Council Bluffs
Active Ban


-Overland Park
Active Ban

Active Ban


-Union County
Active Ban
January 1, 2008


-Prince Georges County
Active Ban


-Livingston County
Active Ban
May 20, 2008

Active Ban
April 4, 1990


-Tupelo City
Proposed Ban
September 28, 2006


Active Ban
April 13, 2006

Active Ban


Active Ban
January 10, 1999

-Garfield Heights
Active Ban
October 24, 2007


-Oklahoma State
June 21, 2005

Rhode Island

Active Ban
January 1, 2004


Proposed Ban
November 18, 2006

Active Ban


-Delta City
Active Ban

-Springville City
Active Ban


-Royal City
Active Ban
January 12, 2007

Active Ban

Proposed Ban
December 21, 2006

West Virginia

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. My Border Collie was almost killed by two pit bulls,

    Stop breeding these dogs. My dog was on leash did not provoke. The pit bulls came running towards us from a 40 yard distance, after the owner lost control of them. No warning right into my dogs throat and hind legs.
    It took three people to control the dogs. The owner was bitten by her own “sweet babies”
    Since over two hundred years pit bulls are breed to kill. You cannot change this bred in trait after only few generation. Maybe not your pit bull may attack but another one will. I have seen dog fights with other dog breeds but when you are in the middle of a pit bull attack you WILL change your mind. These dogs bite to crush bones and bite to kill. Pit bull bite wounds (stronger jaw muscle and bite technique) are different they will bring you or your dog in the emergency center. So dear pit bull owner be responsible, spay and neuter your dog and let this breed die out. Do you care about the extinction of the snow leopard or the white rhino? Let spay and neuter all pit bulls and let this breed extinct.

    • This is such a sad story, truly. I love my dog, and couldn’t imagine if I were to see him attacked by other dogs. But you have to understand the problem isn’t the dog.. it’s people overbreeding them, selling them after multiple litters (which is bad for the new pups’ brain chemistry/health), and people buy these dogs they have no idea how to raise.

      They just want them because they look cool, or think they’ll protect their house…. Then.. they neglect them; keep them indoors all day, allow them to build up energy, and the few times they allow their dog in public it’s an unsocialized, anxious, and act on pure nature.

      Because these breeds are bred so often (more than any other breed), and interbred. As common as they are, I’m surprised there aren’t more attacks. But it’s not in the dogs nature to attack humans, animals on the other hand can be a different story. My dog was raised around other dogs, goats, cats, peoples, and runs around on like 8 acres of land all day.

      People keep blaming the dog, but it’s the people terrorizing these animals with greed and stupidity. Just a thought.. Your story really is unfortunate and I really hope your pup recovered.

      And just a side note: the fact that you mentioned that people shouldn’t and/or don’t care about snow leopards and white rhinos shows the hate you have. And I don’t blame you, but hate will never be the start of solving any problems.

  2. Read this:

    Many people say it’s how the owners raise the dogs, however, this is not always the case. Dogs can turn on you with no apparent reason.

    I absolutely get sick of people walking around with no leash on their large dogs and then say “he won’t hurt you”. This happened to us once and our son was attacked by their dog, but luckily there were enough people to stop it.

    • Usually the reason for a dog attack is because the owner is being neglectful.. unfortunately. Dogs are animals, and if humans still get into fights and kill each other, dogs are absolutely capable of the same behavior.

      There’s an estimated 70-80 million dogs in the US, with 34 fatal attacks. That’s 0.000045% fatal attack rate in 2015 according to your citation link.

      Now, the fbi.gov reports 1.2 million murders/non-negligent homicides, rapes, aggravated assaults in 2014. Would you consider those fatal? There were an estimated 318.9 million people living in the US in 2014. That means that 0.37% of people in the United States are responsible for fatal attacks.

      When you put the math together, humans are 8.2 thousand times more likely to commit a fatal attack on another human… Yet you spend time trying to target what’s clearly not the problem. Don’t be silly Hermes, I’m surprised there aren’t more fatal attacks. All those fatal attacks aren’t Pit Bulls, but are on both people and animals. Now think about all the people we kill in the world with bombs, or in wars… Just some math to think about


  3. Hello, im sorry that this happened to you. However, if that owner owned any other dog the result would have been the same. You still would have been bitten. If the owner had a german shepherd, husky, Rhodesian Ridgeback, Boerbel or anything else. We should be eradicating those who are not responsible owners. Please, visit: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1470396559927884/?fref=nf

    Thanks and I wish you a speedy recovery.

  4. Paula Gremour on

    I live in Pawtucket, R. I.

    I’m so happy to report that after a very long fight with Pawtucket officials and the Animal Shelter, the ban on Pit Bulls no longer exists !

  5. This makes me extremely disgusted! Pets are like family. I have now had two people that have had to give up their pitbulls because of these outrageous accusations. These two dogs inperticular were the sweetest dogs I have ever met. I live in Illinois and now I’m hearing they want to ban them here. This is unbelievable. Just because we have people who don’t care about their pets doesn’t mean they should suffer!

  6. Here are some facts!

    Dog attack risk[edit]

    See also: Dog attack and Fatal dog attacks in the United States
    Pit bull, muzzled
    Violent interactions between humans and canines have been studied by the US government,[21] notably the Center for Disease Control and Prevention,[22] as well as academic veterinary researchers.[23] The interpretation of these studies, breed identification and relevance [24] issues, and variable circumstances have given rise to intense controversy.[25][26][27] The American Veterinary Medical Association notes fundamental problems with tracking breed in dog bite related fatalities.[28] In a 2013 study of 256 fatalities in the United States from 2000–2009, the AVMA determined that valid breed determination was possible for only 17.6% of cases.[29] DogsBite.org, a US-based pro-breed specific legislation advocacy group that focuses on pit bulls[30] blamed pit bull breeds for 62 percent of the 325 people killed by dog attacks surveyed in media reports[31] from 2005 to 2014.[32] The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that studies on the number of human deaths caused by dog bite trauma which have surveyed news stories employ a methodology subject to potential errors, as some fatal attacks may not have been reported, a study might not find all relevant news reports, and the dog breed might be misidentified.[33]


    A nine-year (1979–88) study of fatal dog attacks in the United States found that dogs characterized as pit bulls were implicated in 42 of the 101 attacks where the breed was known, and were almost twice as likely to be caused by strays as attacks by other breeds.[34] A 1991 study found that 94% of attacks on children by pit bulls were unprovoked, compared to 43% for other breeds, and that 67% involved freely roaming animals.[35] A 2001 literature review of dog bite studies notes that for no other breed is represented by such a high proportion of unowned free-ranging dogs, and that unowned free-ranging dogs may be more likely to come from an environment that promotes aggression, and suggests the data for stray pit bulls be analyzed separately.[36] The study also notes that pit bulls may be overrepresented as the label “pit bull” is often applied without biological basis to a range of dogs, regardless of the dog’s actual genetic makeup.

    A 5-year (1989–94) review of fatal dog attacks in the U.S. determined that pit bulls and pit bull mixed breeds were implicated in 24 (29%) of the 84 deaths in which breed was recorded.[37]

    A 20-year (1979–1998) study by the American Veterinary Medical Association into fatal dog attacks on humans[38] concluded that “fatal attacks on humans appear to be a breed-specific problem (pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers),” and that “pit bull-type dogs and Rottweilers were involved in more than half” (67%) of all the 238 recorded dog bite-related fatalities (DBRF) in the United States during that period, with pit bulls accounting for 66 deaths. They also wrote that:

    It is extremely unlikely that they accounted for anywhere near 60% of dogs in the United States during that same period and, thus, there appears to be a breed-specific problem with fatalities.[38]

    However, the AVMA later reversed its position on breed being a factor in dog bite-related fatalities, stating in a comprehensive literature review of 66 dog bite studies:

    Breed is a poor sole predictor of dog bites. Controlled studies reveal no increased risk for the group blamed most often for dog bites, ‘pit bull-type’ dogs. Accordingly, targeting this breed or any another as a basis for dog bite prevention is unfounded. As stated by the National Animal Control Association: “Dangerous and/or vicious animals should be labeled as such as a result of their actions or behavior and not because of their breed.”[23]

    A 15-year (1991–2005) review of dog attack fatalities investigated by the Kentucky Medical Examiner determined that pit bulls were implicated in 5 of the 11 fatal attacks (45%).[39] Another 15-year (1994–2009) review of patients admitted to a Level I Trauma Center with dog bites determined that pit bulls were most often involved in these attacks: of the 228 patients treated, the breed of dog was recorded in 82 attacks, and of these, 29 (35%) of the attacks were by pit bulls.[40] In 45% of the attacks, the dog belonged to the victim’s family.[40] The journal later published a response to the study, criticizing its conclusions based on the poor quality of the data employed.[41]

    A five-year (2001–05) review of dog attack victims admitted to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia determined that pit bull terriers were implicated in more than half of the bites where breed was identified. Of the 269 patients where breed was identified, 137 (51%) were attacked by pit bulls.[42] The authors wrote:

    …the overwhelming number of bites involving pit bull terriers in this study and others certainly has some degree of validity when it comes to identifying bite-prone breeds. Pit bull terriers, German shepherds, and Rottweilers were the offending breeds implicated in our study, and have accounted for the majority of dog bites according to other investigators.[42]

    A medical literature review of animal-related fatalities, citing the 1979-1988 JAMA study and 1991–2005 Kentucky Medical Examiner study, reported that pit bulls and pit bull cross-breeds were involved in 42–45% of dog attacks, and that unneutered male dogs were the most likely to bite.[43] Fatalities were most often reported when children were attacked, with 70% of victims being under the age of 10.[43]

    A 2008 study by the University of Pennsylvania[24] that determined aggression by owner surveys instead of hospital reports found that:

    scores for stranger-directed aggression found among Pit Bull Terriers were inconsistent with their universal reputation as a ‘dangerous breed’ and their reported involvement in dog bite-related fatalities

    The study theorized that this discrepancy between reputation and results is because of:

    a disproportionate risk of injury associated with larger and/or more physically powerful breeds and the existence of breed stereotypes.

    A study by Raghaven in Canada, which showed that breed specific legislation limits the number of pitbulls, and where sled dogs and free roaming packs of dogs is more common than in the United States, an electronic search of newspaper articles found that pit bull terriers were responsible for 1 (4%) of 28 dog-bite-related fatalities reported in Canada from 1990–2007.[44] The study also noted that:

    A higher proportion of sled dogs and, possibly, mixed-breed dogs in Canada than in the United States caused fatalities, as did multiple dogs rather than single dogs. Free-roaming dog packs, reported only from rural communities, caused most on-reserve fatalities.

    Several studies determined that pit bull owners, and owners of other “vicious” or “high risk” breeds (most commonly identified as Akita, Chow Chow, Doberman Pinscher, Rottweiler, and Wolf-mix), are more likely to have criminal convictions and are more likely to display antisocial behaviors. A 2006 study compared owners of “high risk” dogs to owners of “low risk” dogs. “High risk” dogs included “vicious” dogs by breed (e.g., pit bulls) or “vicious” actions (e.g., any dog that had bitten, attacked, or killed a person or other animal). The study determined that “high risk” dog owners had nearly 10 times as many criminal convictions than did “low risk” dog owners.[45] A 2009 study[46] and a followup 2012 study generally supported these findings

  7. When I hear in the news that a dog kills a human, it is always a Pit Bull.
    At this point humanity do not need Pit Bulls!!

  8. Pitbulls should not be banned the way they are. Many of the myths spread about pitbulls are simply not true.

    1: “Inherently dangerous.” This myth has been spread and propagandized by anti pitbull proponents. No dog is born dangerous. If a dog attacks someone its usually because of one of three things, One: Abuse or Neglect. Two: Irresponsible owners who spoil their dogs or let them get away with bad behavior. Three: Mental Illness. As a dog gets older, it may start to decline not just physically, but also mentally. Dogs can and do get mental illness, and if the signs are not recognized, disaster can strike.

    2: “Pitbulls having locking jaws.” This was disproven by Dr. I. Lehr Brisbin of the University of Georgia who wrote:
    “The few studies which have been conducted of the structure of the skulls, mandibles and teeth of pit bulls show that, in proportion to their size, their jaw structure and thus its inferred functional morphology, is no different than that of any breed of dog. There is absolutely no evidence for the existence of any kind of “locking mechanism” unique to the structure of the jaw and/or teeth of the American Pit Bull Terrier.”

    3: “Pitbulls bite down with 2000 PSI of force.” This is simply not true. That would be the bite force of an alligator. Dr. Brady Barr, National Geographic said after a dog bite test was conducted, “On average, dogs bite with 320 pounds of pressure per square inch. The bite pressure of a German Shepherd, an American Pit Bull Terrier, and a Rottweiler were tested.
    The American Pit Bull Terrier had the least amount of bite pressure of the three dogs tested.”
    Each dog was tested twice. The Rottweiler came in first with 328 pounds of PSI. The German Shepard came in second with 238 pounds of PSI. The Pitbull came in last with 235 pounds of PSI.

  9. All of y’all that say they r bad are retarded inbred fucks I’ve owned several in my life the last one gave his life to save my kids and to the guy that said destroy them all u are a perfect example of why some mothers should swallow

  10. This just isn’t true. Look at the statistics of dog related deaths. The stories about how Pit Bulls only attack when they had bad owners, in most cases, are false. Most people killed by Pit Bulls are children and they are killed by the family dog (which happens to be a Pit Bull). The owners have treated the pitbull the same as any other dog or pet. Pit bulls are dangerous because they have jaw strength greater than a lion. When one has a bad day, it sometimes results in death. It is like owning a lion and expecting everything to turn out o.k.

    78% of dog related fatalities are caused by Pitbulls, Rotweillers, Bull Mastiffs and terriers. 58% of the time, it is the Pit Bull. They are banned for a reason. You may have a right to endanger your own life with a dangerous pet, but you do not have the right to endanger other lives, especially the lives of children.

    • It’s important to remember where a lot of pit bulls come from… a lot of owners get their dogs from breeders that have no knowledge of how to breed dogs, and tend to put a female dog through way more breedings than it should, and just throw two dogs together hoping for the best to attempt to make a few extra bucks…

    • You are a fuckin idiot! Learn your facts before you run your mouth. Look at the number of Pit Breeds that are in this world and then find the actual numbers. If you’re not willing to take the time for facts, then shut the fuck up.

  11. Wow!!! The ignorance on this page is upsetting!!! I am a reg tech and work for a very busy and well known animal er, I see a large amount of dog fights come in and it is not the breed it is how these dogs were raised and handled. Most of my fellow technicians own bullies or work at bully rescues. And i personally would rather handle a “viscous” pitbull than your beloved laborador or rotweiler or doberman.. we are not all morons that harbor these bad dogs. But of you are ignorant enough to tell me that your precious fluffy wont bite me i will tell you that you are a lying to yourself. Yes there are bad bullies in the word, but breed bashing and seizure with no option euthanasia is not the answer. Any dog will bite… Believe me any one will. Those of us who love this breed mixed or pure have been drug through the mud enough. if your dog, breed banned or not, was taken from your home and your children and put to sleep no questions asked just because he fit the description with never having bit anyone…. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL as responsible bully owners we take precautions we over socialize are dogs we teach comands we expose them to every thing and we are always watchful, and understand the stigma and make sure that they are controlled at all times. Which is more than your can say for your lab or golden or poodle or tiny ankle biter that has no manners bc they are.cute and sweet and would never bite. Breed bans dont work, if you have a viscous dog IT IS YOUR FAULT… NOT THE BREED. As i type this my bully mix is asleep at my feet in my bed with his two kitties that he loves. Those of you that think all bullies are vicious… You should be ashamed, One day you will be.lucky enough to meet a nice bully and then maybe just maybe all the lights in you close minded bell tower will come on.. i hope so at least. YOU ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM### NOT THE SOLUTION###

  12. There is no defending these dogs. My golden retriever, a sweet gentle soul has been viciously attacked twice by pit bulls, one of which broke off it’s leash to get at her. They should all be destroyed

    • ABEST: Your comment is the equivalent of saying, “I’ve been robbed and beaten by a black person, twice. They should all be destroyed.”

    • I’m sorry that your sweet golden retriever was attacked, but not every single pit bull is like that one. If you think every dog is the same them you are sadly mistaken, and you definitely do not have the right to believe they should all pay for one mistake. There is no such thing as a bad dog, only a bad owner. That pit bull was more than likely abused, or used to fight, something that taught it to behave aggressively. But again, you can’t put that personality to all pit bulls.

  13. Pitbulls are bad dogs there only mean and attack if there owner is not paying attection to them or hits them its not the dogs fault its the owners iv been bitten from so many other dogs and its only cause the owner doent treat them proper Pittbulls are adorable its only cause people don’t now how to talk care of the dog and they treat the dog like crap

  14. Pits are like every other animal and have the ability to bite. They are not killers and have been given a bad rap because they are miss understood. When they are given a good loving home and shown the love every dog needs they are wonderful animals. I have one that was accepted in to the service dog program. She has shown that she has the ability to be social and has never shown aggression towards any one. If I am in trouble she will come to my rescue and yes she can and will bite. Its her job to protect me.
    These animals were used by the very wealthy in the 1800’s to watch the children. They were great companions animals and gave no cause for worry. When people mistreat these animals and make them mean its only normal they act out.

    German Shepard’s were sought after the war and once they started to bite people started to complain about them as well. ALL Dogs Bite and all dogs can be dangerous. To single out one breed because some lunk head did not know how to love an animal is just wrong.

    • Pit Bulls accounted for 62% of all deaths from dog attacks in the U.S. 2005-2013. And most of those deaths were children. That’s 62% from that one breed. 48% for ALL other dog breeds combined. I’m sure ALL the other breeds of dogs in the entire country also have some “lunk head” owners that don’t now how to treat them, yet ALL of those breeds combined didn’t equal the deaths caused by the Pit Bull breed alone. Those are the facts. Facts don’t have emotions or some strange attachment to a certain breed. Facts are merely the truth.

  15. I’m for banning the breed but not because I think they are a dangerous breed. I want them banned because there are a disproportionate number of this breed being needlessly euthanized every year because they out-number all other breeds for adoption 5 to 1. It’s totally insane how many of these dogs end up homeless and eventually dead because there simply are not enough people willing to adopt them. If you and all the people who agree with you truly care about this breed as you claim, then instead of fighting the bans you should be fighting to see that the out of control breeding of this dog is stopped. If they aren’t born, they can’t be hurt. Period!

  16. Caroline Reid on

    This comment is coming from a vet tech that practiced in the Dallas area for over 11 years. Sorry but dogs bite, whether they have good owners or bad. That really is not the issue. The issue is that these dogs can seriously mame or kill when they do bite. Big difference. I’ll agree that most Chihuahua’s are much more aggressive and bite more often than most breeds but when they do they don’t cause the serious damage that this particular breed can. We can not just hope that these dogs will have good, sound, responsible owners and hope no one gets hurt. Way too many holes in that solution. Most Pit Bull attacks are unprovoked and happen with surprise by both the owners and the victims. Most are not considered “dangerous” and have NO past behavioral issues to heed any pre warning. Glad to hear that you guys have nice dogs but sadly that’s not an answer for the people that have been or will be infected by a Pit Bull attack. Petting your dog and you own back doesn’t help solve this problem. There is a reason why some have chose to ban this breed. I sure hope that most do not think that this is an issue of just breed bashing. It’s much bigger than that.

    • There’s a difference between naive and knowing how your dog might react in certain situations. People who say “my dog would never do that” are naive. All dogs are animals, and I agree that Pit Bulls are extremely powerful, however the owners that don’t recognize this power are the ones that don’t think to look out for a situation. The Pit Bull population is 7-10X larger than the most popular breeds. It’s a wonder why there are more bites… yet there are only a few dozen recorded attacks out of millions of Pit Bulls. There are at least 10,000 Pits put to sleep every day. The problem once again falls on humans. They’re banned because we cannot control ourselves. We can’t be responsible as a whole, and we can’t control who owns or breeds Pit Bulls. So we have no idea if they were even bred properly. That’s another huge issue with Pits these days is how they’re bred.

  17. 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.

    • That is completely wrong. Sure Pit bulls have attacked people before, but so have many other breeds of dogs. They get a bad rep, because of people like you. Pit bulls can be the most loving dog in the word, if you treat them right!

    • I agree. I have seen to many people and pets die to these dogs. Too many! I have been attacked myself, along with my mother and father at random. They need to stop this explosion of the breed brought on by animal planet. They kill their OWNERS PEOPLE!!!!! WAKE UP! They are NOT normal dogs at all.
      2 Children in the last MONTH have died to killer pit bulls in my area alone.

    • You forget that Pit Bulls were the ‘Nanny Dog’ in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. People would leave their children home alone with there dogs on a regular basis. People should remember Pit Bulls for their wonderful nature and not man made violence. That is exactly what it is, man made. Every single breed of dog out there has a vicious one in the bunch but it’s morons like you who prefer to focus on a certain breed. I hear of all kinds of dog attacks on children and when it happens it was just bad luck, until a pit bull does it, then the pitch forks come out. The human race itself is far more of a ”dangerous killer” than any dog is, but I’m sure you didn’t think of that either. It’s morons like you who are full of hate and judgement that make the world a horrid place.

    • That is the dumbest thing I have ever read. People like you shouldn’t be allowed to breed, we don’t need that stupidity spreading.

    • RightsforAnimals on

      If every one has the right to be free until proven guilty, why not apply the same reason to the dogs, cats, etc… I understand the public’s fear, however, I would enforce a DNA on all possible Pit Bulls, I said possible and should the DNA come back positive then strict guidelines should then and only then be given to the owners. Should the DNA come back negative, then leave well enough alone. This goes for each City, County, and State in the United State America. What is the public going to do, be fearful for the rest of your life, get real, live your life.

    • Pit bull dogs were made as the “nanny breed” in the 1800’s and are amazing family pets. It’s very nonsensically insult strangers for standing up for what they believe in, and even more rude to wish something bad upon them, which also has no reason behind it. Now, I’m glad I make you sick, because it’s people like you who need to understand that there is no such thing as a bad dog. Only bad owners. Pit Bulls are extraordinarily misunderstood creatures that deserve a fair chance in the world right along with everyone else.

  18. 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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  20. 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.

    • RightsforAnimals on

      That was a fatal mistake…. 1. I would have sued the City and County for not letting keep my dog or give me another option….. 2. Should my dogs have been removed without my permission, and killed, that lawsuit would also include animal control…. This is America not Russia…

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

    • I would like for you to cite your source proving that Labs bite more people than pit bulls. It sounds like a fictional statistic made up to defend your position on the issue.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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.

  27. 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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  30. 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

  31. 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!!

  32. 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.

  33. 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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  35. 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:/

  36. 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.

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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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