Desoto, TX is just south west of the center of Dallas. They are trying to ban Bit Bulls in their city. Richardson, where I live, passed an ordinance to ban Pit Bulls back in 1987, but it was struck down by an appeal just a couple of years later. The ban would include several breeds including the popular American Pitt Bull Terrier and the Staffordshire Bull Terriers.
Instead of just banning the animals, the mayor has asked for a meeting with the residence to voice their opinions of what types of dogs they do and don’t like. I can see this opening a huge can of worms. Of course, all the people with pitt bulls are going to say they don’t cause any problems and then the people without pitt bulls are going to say they do cause problems. I understand trying to be democratic about it, but I don’t know how that’s going to solve a problem.
It was also suggested that they ban all dogs over 50 pounds… doesn’t that include most, if not all, labs? I recall hearing on one of the dog show competitions that the Lab is the most common pet across the country. I, personally, have a lab, blue heal mix, and he weighs 65 pounds…most labs wouldn’t hurt a fly. They just want you to play catch with them and they’re happy. I can’t imagine an entire city banning such a dog.
Other areas that have successfully banned the Pitt Bull are Denver, Miami, and Cincinnati. The ban didn’t stick in Richardson because of Texas’ Health and Safety Code which allows Cities the right to regulate the handling of vicious and dangerous dogs, but doesn’t allow the cities to ban a specific dog breed.
What do others think about the Pitt Bull and other dogs that are bread “mean”?