Breed Bans Busted

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The state of Nevada has just enacted breed neutral legislation, preventing dogs from being found vicious based solely on their breed.

The state of Nevada has just enacted breed neutral legislation, preventing dogs from being found vicious based solely on their breed.

Paws Up!
To Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada legislature for enacting breed neutral legislation.

Assembly Bill 110 states, in part, “A dog may not be found dangerous or vicious…[b]ased solely on the breed of the dog.”

Today, the pit bull, yesterday the chow chow, before that the Rottweiler or the German shepherd. All these breeds have been defined as “dangerous dogs.” But in reality, a dog becomes dangerous at the hands of his or her owners and not because of the breed group to which he or she belongs. If a community thinks by banning one specific breed of dog, everyone will be safer, they are sadly mistaken. All dogs have teeth; all dogs are capable of biting. How a dog is raised has more to do with the dog becoming a good canine citizen or a menace to the community.

According to an American Veterinary Medical Association’s (AVMA) article “A community approach to dog bite prevention,” there are a number of factors that determine how a dog will behave: “…a dog’s tendency to bite depends on at least five interacting factors: heredity, early experience, later socialization and training, health (medical and behavioral), and victim behavior.” Only one of the five factors relates to the genetics of the dog. The rest are factors under the control of the dog owner.

Take Action: Nevada residents, please write your governor and your legislators thanking them for their action in protecting the dogs of your state. Residents of other states where breed specific legislation is being considered, please contact your legislators and tell them that breed bans don’t work.

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