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The Monthly National Legislation Report is published once a month listing available reports of dog and animal legislation in all States and other countries. Compiled By: Ken Sondej (email@example.com) & Linda D. Witouski (firstname.lastname@example.org) Copyright © 2008, The Monthly National Legislation Report (Copyright © violations include deleting, changing, or altering of information)
Frankfort - The Legislator closed for the year last week. Out of the 33 bills or resolutions proposed during 2007 and 2008, only 4 were passed and made into law during this session.
SB0870/HB1168 - Chemical capture of companion animals. Animals control officers can become certified to use chemical items to capture an animal without a Veterinarian present.
SB2399/HB2808 - Hazardous Materials - Requires all antifreeze containing at least 10 percent ethylene glycol to contain, and be labeled with, a bittering agent; penalty is a Class C misdemeanor punishable only by a $50.00 fine. - Amends TCA Title 68, Chapter 131, Part 1
SB2697/HB2804 - Criminal Offenses - Changes offense of killing animal of another to require only that the defendant knowingly and unlawfully kills animal of another without the owner's effective consent. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2. http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB2697.pdf
SB3149/HB2912 - Animal Control - Requires non-livestock animals be held three business days before euthanasia except in emergency situations; applies non-livestock animal humane death act to all persons euthanizing non-livestock animals as agent of animal shelters; and clarifies that animal must be heavily sedated if intracardial injection method of euthanasia is used. - Amends TCA Title 44, Chapter 17. http://www.legislature.state.tn.us/bills/currentga/BILL/SB3149.pdf
Paris - summary of last night's city council meeting (06/05/08) indicates that the Paris city council is studying Puryear's ordinance. It appears that Puryear has regulations regarding the ownership of pit bulls. http://www.parispi.net/articles/2008/06/06/news/local_news/doc4849759636345%20471544768.txt
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Dallas - (6/2/08) - The Dallas City Council plans to vote in late June on measures to strengthen its animal control ordinances. The proposed changes will include mandatory spaying or neutering of most pets. There's also a proposal to stop owners from leaving their dogs tethered outside. Tethering is widely believed to make dogs more prone to attack. But the proposed measures still don't go far enough to hold irresponsible dog owners to a higher legal standard. Of particular concern are measures aimed at dangerous dogs. Neither existing law nor the proposed changes do anything to ensure that the owner won't simply purchase a new dog and continue the same irresponsible behavior that led to the original attack. Key changes in the law :
•Mandatory spay/neuter for household pets •Limit on the number of dogs and cats per household •Ban on tethering unattended dogs •Streamlined process to go after vicious dogs What's still needed - •Sanctions that apply specifically to irresponsible owners •Vigorous criminal prosecution •Budget and staffing to ensure better enforcement http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/opinion/editorials/stories/DN-dogs_02edi.ART.State.Edition1.460260e.html UPDATE: 6/4/08 - Look for several notable changes to a sweeping Dallas animal ordinance proposal that's scheduled to be briefed Wednesday, June 18, before the Dallas City Council -- and formally voted on a week later. The ordinance's chief advocate, Mayor Pro Tem Elba Garcia, says she's willing to soften a few of the proposal's provisions. Faced with some pushback from at least a couple of her council colleagues, Dr. Garcia says, for example, that she's open to allowing owners of non-purebred dogs to obtain city permits to breed them. (The ordinance as proposed calls for the mandatory spaying and neutering of dogs, unless owners are city-permitted breeders.) Among other prospective compromises: Softening regulations on implanting tracking microchips underneath dogs' skin, and reworking some of the fee structures for obtaining breeding permits. "We're definitely working with some of the council members who've had some issues. We're definitely working with everyone to make sure their concerns are addressed," Dr. Garcia said. But she quickly noted that "the main issues are still on the table as they've been." Those main issues, in addition to the spay/neuter provision, include restricting the practice of tethering pets in a yard, and limiting the number of dogs and cats to six per Dallas household. http://cityhallblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2008/06/some-compromises-on-the-horizo.html UPDATE: The Dallas City Council will vote on the proposed changes to Dallas' animal control ordinance on Wednesday, June 25TH, 9:00 A.M., at Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street, Dallas. These changes include mandatory spay/neuter, breeder permitting, and limits on the number of pets that can be owned. It is vitally important that Dallas-area responsible dog breeders and owners express their opposition via calls, mailed letters, and faxes, and attend the hearing to show opposition to this unreasonable ordinance proposal.
Duncanville - City Council took a step toward a breed-specific dog ban with a unanimous vote June 3. The council approved a resolution supporting the introduction and passage of breed-specific legislation for local municipalities concerning dangerous dogs. Now the city must determine which breeds to ban, and how such a ban will impact residents moving into the city with those breeds versus those already in the city. “We will be sending a letter to the area cities requesting them to adopt a similar resolution and ask them to send it to their representatives requesting their support,” City Secretary Dara Crabtree said. “And we will be working with the Texas Municipal League on this matter.” http://www.todaynewspapers.net/articles/2008/06/12/duncanville/news/dvnews1.txt/
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Provo - City Council is contemplating stricter regulations on vicious dogs regardless of breed and their owners rather than turn to pit bull-specific restrictions. Proposed ordinance would establish a two-step ranking system for "dangerous dogs" and "at-risk dogs." A canine would merit the dangerous-dog classification if it has attacked a person, menaced or killed any domestic animal or if it was used in the commission of a crime, such as dog fighting or guarding illegal property. http://deseretnews.com/article/1,5143,700234957,00.html
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H769 - AN ACT RELATING TO REGULATION OF COMMERCIAL DOG BREEDERS IN VERMONT. This bill proposes to regulate commercial dog breeders in Vermont. http://www.leg.state.vt.us/database/status/summary.cfm?Bill=H.0769&Session=2008 Status: In Government Operations 2/8/08 - 6/22/08 - No action to date
S0341 - AN ACT RELATING TO THE REGISTRATION OF PET MERCHANTS - This bill clarifies that a pet dealer is anyone who sells an animal and sets out compliance criteria for dog breeders. http://www.leg.state.vt.us./docs/legdoc.cfm?URL=/docs/2008/bills/intro/S-341.HTM Bill Status: Senate Committee – Finance 4/3/08 - 6/22/08 - No action to date
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Ablemarle - 6/5/08 - The Albemarle Board of Supervisors will meet next week to discuss a proposed ordinance allowing frustrated neighbors to request a summons for the owner of a barking dog. After 30 consecutive minutes of barking, a dog could be setting his owner up for conviction of a Class Three misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500. One provision in the proposed law gives Animal Control the right to seize a dog after three infractions in 12 months. If passed, the new ordinance will not apply to commercial dog kennels, livestock noises, or rurally zoned tracts of five acres or more. It will also be much simpler than other Virginia counties' laws. Barking ordinances in Spotsylvania, Stafford, and Prince William Counties require time-consuming investigations, according to the "executive summary" accompanying the draft ordinance. Those counties require complaints from two separate households plus a investigative visit from an animal control officer-- and a warning to the owner.
http://www.dailyprogress.com/cdp/news/local/article/3_barks_and_theyre_out/23185/ UPDATE: Albemarle County passed 6/11/08
Gloucester County - considering raising its animal licensing fees, but it would sell three-year licenses, rather than the traditional one-year. A one-year dog license now costs $6. Under the proposed changes, a three-year license would cost $25.
Loudoun County - The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has approved fee increases for pet licenses, pet adoptions and other services provided by the county's Department of Animal Care and Control. Effective July 1, a dog license will cost $10 a year regardless of the spay or neuter status of the animal. The adoption fee will be $50 for dogs younger than 7 and $25 for dogs older than 7, with an additional neuter fee of $65 or spay fee of $75 for dogs who require that surgery. For cats, the adoption fee will be $20 for those younger than 7 and $10 if older than 7, plus a neuter fee of $50 or a spay fee of $60 for cats requiring the surgery. Officials said the increases will help offset the cost of two new staff positions in the department. For a full list of all the department's fees, go to http://www.loudoun.gov/animals and click on the "News" link in the left-hand column.
Richmond - Virginia is taking the lead in cracking down on animal fighting. As home to one of the most notorious dogfighting cases, the Commonwealth now it has some of the strictest laws banning the so-called "sport." Governor Tim Kaine signed off Wednesday on sweeping reforms to what is and is not illegal in Virginia as well as the punishment for breaking the law. The General Assembly did more, passing sweeping reform to dog fighting laws with some stricter punishments and easier prosecution. There were also changes to Virginia's cockfighting laws, which were growing in popularity in Virginia. Another bill signed Wednesday better regulates the dog breeding industry in hopes of preventing puppy mills.
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Pierce County - (5/25/08) - Pierce County’s proposed dangerous dog ordinance should be a dream come true. Instead of pointing a bull’s-eye on pit bulls, the law would target dog owners who can’t control their pets. All dogs would be treated the same regardless of their breed. Dog owners would have to fork over a $500 fee each year they own a dangerous dog, one that has severely injured a person or another animal. Those owners of dangerous dogs would also have to carry $500,000 in liability insurance. Owners who have had multiple complaints filed against their pet would be prohibited from owning a pet for 10 years. Violation of the regulations could result in a year in jail. Sumner is looking into a similar stance, though not quite as strict. In the next few weeks, city council will discuss putting a dangerous dog ordinance on the books for the first time, mirroring Pierce County and Puyallup’s current regulations. Puyallup, Edgewood and Bonney Lake all contract with Sumner animal services so it’s important for the four cities to see eye-to-eye on regulations. Making it mandatory to have a dangerous dog tattooed or chipped so that animal control in a new location could be alerted to the dog’s history would assist in the public’s protection.
Wapato - (6/4/08) - A proposed ordinance banning ownership of pit bulls, Rottweilers and American bulldogs and any mixes of such breeds in Wapato may be going nowhere. Monday (6/2/08) night, a motion to adopt the ordinance died after if failed to garner a second. Other council members said they want to take more time to review such a measure. The ordinance needs to look more at taking action against vicious dogs rather than banning certain breeds, one council member said. The ordinance also needs to better define what is a savage dog.
http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/4631 UPDATE: city has banned several specific breeds of dog, attaching a fine of up to $500 for violation of the new ordinance. City Council members unanimously passed Monday(06/16/08) an ordinance outlawing ownership of pit bull terriers or a mixture of those breeds. That includes Mastiffs, Rottweilers or American bulldogs. Under the ordinance, a person caught with such a dog would face a $250 fine for the first offense, and $500 fines for each subsequent offense. The only exceptions are for trained service dogs and for dogs certified as Canine Good Citizens by the American Kennel Association. http://www.yakima-herald.com/stories/4989
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Beckley - 5/21/08) - Beckley officials faced more than 50 residents Tuesday (5/20/08) afternoon - most ready to unleash their fury about a proposed ordinance limiting the number of pets they could own. The Beckley Planning Commission voted 4-0 to postpone any action on the amended ordinance until they have more time to complete further research, possibly on an ordinance that will address various pet owners’ concerns.The city is considering amending its current pet ownership ordinance, under which residents are allowed to have no more than three dogs and no more than three cats, total, outside their homes or inside accessory buildings. A loophole, though, has allowed residents to keep as many domestic pets inside their homes as they want, just as long as only three of each go outside. The amendment would allow residents to keep three dogs and three cats — period. If it passes, violators could face a maximum $1,000 fine per day. http://www.register-herald.com/local/local_story_141222043.html
Petersburg - public outcry over the recent misbehavior of several dogs around town has resulted in a proposed change in Petersburg's "leash law" ordinance. The change gives the city the right to seek maximum penalties against owners of certain breeds for first offense violations. The proposal includes a list of specific breeds considered by many municipalities and insurance companies to be vicious and dangerous animals. Breeds on the list are rottweiler, Doberman, Stafford bull terrier, pit bull, German shepherd, chow (chow chow), Akita and Presa Canarious (Canary Dog). The revised ordinance states: "Persons owning, possessing, harboring or having the care, charge or custody of these identified breeds or any mix thereof and that dog having been satisfactorily proved before the city judge to be vicious, dangerous or in the habit of biting or attacking other persons or pets/animals whether or not such dog wears a tag or muzzle, the city judge shall exercise the maximum punishment and fines allowed in this code. The city judge may authorize the humane officer to cause such dog to be killed." http://www.grantcountypress.com/6-10/commission.htm
Winfield - Putnam County - 6/7/08 - A Hurricane resident addressed the Putnam County Commission on Tuesday urging tougher noise and leash ordinances for dogs. Farmer explained that she has assembled a plan using procedures/laws she has found others institute in their communities. These ideas include an increase in the dog licensing fee, new ordinances in regards to noise and the free running of dogs as well as a fine schedule for those who are not responsible in complying with ordinances. She hopes to present the item to the commission for their review and consideration within the week. http://www.herald-dispatch.com/homepage/x1607432955/Putnam-commission-to-address-noise-problem
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Brown County - Board is expected (06/15/08) to decide whether to approve an ordinance intended to keep dogs safe, healthy and friendly. The issue is centered on the housing of outdoor dogs. The proposed ordinance would set guidelines for tethering dogs outdoors as well as providing them adequate shelter and sufficient space if confined to a pen. The ordinance would limit the chaining or tethering of dogs to a stationary object to one hour. A running line or trolley must be at least 10 feet long and no dog may be tied or fastened with anything attached directly to the dog's neck. Untethered dogs must be housed in an enclosure that's at least 100 square feet and must have access to shelter and fresh water. http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080618/GPG0101/806180687/1978/GPGbusiness
UPDATE: Board of Supervisors decided to send this item, the Tethering Ordinance, back to committee to have more public input on this important matter. 06/18/08 RESPONSIBLE DOG OWNERS OF THE WESTERN STATES (RDOWS) is sending input and opinions to the Board for consideration.
Cudahy - A draft pit bull/vicious dog ordinance, which could potentially ban any pit bull terrier, will be refined and brought back to the Rules, Laws and Ordinance Committee at a later date. The committee reviewed the draft, written more than three years ago and defeated at that time, at a meeting May 14. Cudahy already has a vicious dog ordinance on the books, but it does not reference a particular breed. http://www.cudahynow.com/story/index.aspx?id=751668 UPDATE: Still considering ban/restrictions on "pit bulls" http://www.ci.cudahy.wi.us/PDFs/RulesLawsOrdinance20080709Agenda.pdf
Mosinee - (5/20/08) - Mosinee officials on Monday (5/19/08) tabled a proposed ordinance that was aimed primarily at banning pit bull dogs within the city limits, or at least making it so difficult to keep them that no one would. It's a good thing they didn't vote on the rules that were proposed, because the ordinance would have been so broad, so vague and so poorly written that it would have been all but impossible to enforce. City Administrator Jeff Gates said he will re-evaluate the ordinance and bring a better version back to City Council members when wrinkles have been ironed out. As he's ironing, he should pay particular attention to the concerns raised by residents and experts on dangerous dogs. The ordinance went on to define "pit bulls" as any dog with a drop of pit bull, American Staffordshire terrier, or Staffordshire bull terrier blood in its veins as a pit bull.
http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080518/WDH06/805180373/1636 UPDATE: approves revised dog ordinance; pit bulls are welcome just as long as they aren't considered dangerous under a revised animal ordinance the city approved Monday night. The ordinance groups problem dogs into two groups, menacing and dangerous. A menacing dog, defined as a dog that poses a threat to any animal or person, must have a muzzle and be restrained at all times in public. If it escapes, the owner must report it to the police immediately. A dangerous dog, defined as a dog that routinely chases or threatens a person, must be kept indoors or in a locked pen when on the owner's property. When outside on the owner's property, a dangerous dog also must have a muzzle and a leash no longer than 3 feet. http://www.wausaudailyherald.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080609/WDH0101/80609170/1981
Portage - 6/7/08 - City officials said Wednesday that their recently passed vicious and dangerous animal ordinance might need some tweaking. "When we drafted this, we thought we had it all covered and we did a good job. However, we need to go back and look at it again," said Common Council member Carol Heisz. Heisz, the chairwoman of the Legislative and Regulatory Committee, the quasi-judicial body tasked with hearing appeals on the specified ordinance, said that one exception might need to be made to the rules imposed on the owners of animals that are deemed dangerous by Portage police officers. The exception would grant the owner the ability to chain up their animal on private property as long as it is supervised. The city's ordinance has two designations for problem animals - "dangerous" and "vicious." Vicious animals can be banned from the city under the ordinance. http://www.wiscnews.com/pdr/news/289894
*NOTE - CORRECTION FROM 5/21/08 REPORT*
The 5-21-08 Report listed Piece County under Florida. It was also listed under the state of Washington under Tacoma - Pierce County. The Florida listing was incorrect.Thanks to Elisa Law of the Central Florida Great Dane Rescue, Inc. for bringing this to our attention.
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Darwin - 6/6/08 - City Council has today launched tough new laws governing pet ownership. Under the plan all pet dogs and cats must be microchipped and registered. Owners of vicious dogs will be fined up to $11,000 if their dog attacks another animal or a person. Lord Mayor Graeme Sawyer says having cats microchipped will make it easier to return lost pets. http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/06/06/2267267.htm
Nova Scotia - (5/21/08) - BILL 138 - Nova Scotia politicians are about to pass a law that has dog owners howling mad. The Dog Legislation Council of Canada says the proposed changes to the Municipal Government Act will allow Nova Scotia municipalities to ban breeds. But a government spokeswoman says they let municipalities put some restrictions in place without banning breeds. "They’re putting in some measures (so) that they can control a restricted dog without an outright ban," said Donna Chislett, a spokeswoman for Service Nova Scotia. Under the Municipal Government Act, municipalities regulate the keeping of fierce or dangerous animals. They are left to define fierce or dangerous dogs, "including defining them by breed, crossbreed, partial breed or type." The proposed changes will allow municipalities to define dogs as fierce, dangerous or restricted, also by using "behaviour or type." Municipalities will also be able to regulate "the keeping of fierce, dangerous or restricted dogs, including requiring spaying or neutering, liability insurance, warning signs, physical controls on or off the owner’s property or training requirements," the amendments state. Halifax regional councillor Andrew Younger called the proposed changes "ridiculous." "I haven’t seen any packs of Rottweilers running loose in the streets that we have to control. I’m not hearing stories from any municipality where these dogs are out of control. And where does it stop? Poodles bark a lot, so do you ban poodles because you don’t like the barking?" http://www.thechronicleherald.ca/Front/1057070.html and
Text at: http://gov.ns.ca/LEGISLATURE/LEGC/bills/60th_2nd/1st_read/b138.htm
Ontario - New Tecumseth - new proposed bylaw will limit dog ownership to three in town and five out of town. The new proposed bylaw states anyone wanting to start a pet-related business will be required to own five acres. http://www.allistonherald.com/allistonherald/article/105278
Saskatchewan - Delisle - community has adopted a new animal control bylaw in the wake of a dog mauling that seriously injured a five-year-old girl last January. The bylaw aims to strike a balance between the rights of dog owners and protection of the public. Under the bylaw, dog owners can be compelled to put up signs warning of an aggressive dog, and can also be forced to put up a dog run on private property to house an aggressive dog. Owners can also be compelled to repair fences, gates or faulty locks or latches. The community refused to consider a ban on certain breeds of dogs. http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5hgLel8gfwuj_vhgPhcdW6CjmmzAQ
Prague - Dog owners are likely to be unhappy about a draft bill soon to be discussed in Parliament. Already approved by the government May 21, the regulation would require all dogs to be walked on leashes, or else owners could be fined 50,000 K ($3,175). It is part of an animal-protection bill intended to minimize cruelty to animals, and it has divided mayors as well as veterinarians and the public. http://www.praguepost.com/articles/2008/06/18/bill-calls-for-all-dogs-to-be-leashed.php
Dublin - City Council is to allow some of its tenants to keep so-called "dangerous" breeds of dogs, provided they are spayed and micro-chipped. The city council banned them from all council-owned property including public parks. The country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programmes. In future, dogs that display aggression will be tested by an expert. http://www.independent.ie/national-news/council-to-lift-ban-on-pitbulls-for--tenants-1403846.html
6/7/08 - THE JAMAICA Veterinary Medical Association is now helping to draft legislation to deal with the problem of dangerous dogs, particularly the vicious American Pit Bull Terrier, that have been smuggled into the country over many years. The Veterinary Services Division in the Ministry of Agriculture wants the owners of dogs in Jamaica to be required to register their animals. Dr St Aubyn Bartlett, a veterinarian and government backbencher, on Wednesday called for urgent laws to deal with the illegal importation of the American Pit Bull Terrier. "The situation is now totally out of control as these dangerous dogs are now seen in every community," Bartlett commented, during his contribution to the 2008/2009 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives. Director of the Veterinary Services Division, Dr Osbil Watson, told The Gleaner yesterday that these animals were being brought into the country illegally, noting that the division had never given a permit to import the Pit Bull. He said Jamaica would have only permitted imports from the United Kingdom, but that country has now banned the Pit Bull. The animal has also been banned in Canada and a number of states in America. The director of veterinary services said the division would recommend that the registration begin with the more cultured breeds such as the Rottweiler and Doberman. Trinidad and Tobago has introduced legislation banning the importation and breeding of 'dangerous' dogs. Contravention of this law attracts a fine of TT$70,000. http://www.jamaica-gleaner.com/gleaner/20080606/lead/lead6.html see also:
Member of Parliament called for the introduction of legislation to govern the importation, breeding, rearing and the registration and licensing of 'dangerous dogs'. http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/html/20080604T230000-0500_136394_OBS__CONTROL_THOSE_DANGEROUS_DOGS_.asp
Amsterdam - Dutch government says it will lift a long-standing ban on pit bulls because it did not lead to any decrease in bite incidents. The country will focus on enforcing local leashing laws and owner education programs. A new policy will hopefully be in place by year-end, in which dogs that have displayed aggression will be tested by an expert. http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/06/09/20080609netherlands-pitbulls0609-ON.html?source=nletter-news
The Dog Protection Society wants a complete ban on all varieties of pit bull terriers, after the latest attack on a child. A two-year-old boy was bitten by the family's pet red-nosed pit bull in his home in Te Atatu South, west Auckland. The boy is in hospital being treated for facial injuries and a broken jaw. Society spokesman Graham Fitzpatrick says over hundreds of year, pit bulls have been trained specifically for fighting and it is now entrenched in their nature. He says they have a short fuse and if they become upset or confused they will attack. Mr Fitzpatrick says dog breeds that have an unpredictable and dangerous nature should not be kept as pets, be bred or imported. He believes the current ban on American pit bulls, dogo Argentino, Brazilian fila, and Japanese tosa do not go far enough. http://www.newstalkzb.co.nz/newsdetail1.asp?storyID=138627 Breeders question the proposed breed selective legislation, Dog Control Amendment Bill (No 2) because of the failed experiment in the Netherlands last week since it did not lead to any decrease in bite incidents.
Lothians - A SOARING number of pet owners in the Lothians are being charged with failing to keep dangerous dogs under control. Police officers charged a total of 75 people with letting their pets run loose last year – treble the number caught four years ago. The Scottish SPCA said the steep rise in charges may be due to a growing lack of care and supervision given to pets, as well as the "macho culture" of buying dogs such as Staffordshire Bull Terriers. Jo Wilson, spokeswoman for the Scottish SPCA, said: "If an animal is on a leash, or off its leash but the owner is present and supervising, then that does not break the law. "If a dog ends up wandering the streets alone, it's classed as a stray. If a person or another animal is attacked, or the dog causes a road hazard, charges can be brought. "There is a macho culture of wanting certain breeds of dogs as a status symbol. Some of these owners then fail to exercise the responsibility of ownership. Tracy Warren, secretary of the Scottish Staffordshire Bull Terrier Rescue charity in Baberton Mains, agreed a lack of responsibility among some owners was behind the swelling number of charges. "Unfortunately, some people don't want the level of responsibility they take on when they get a Staffie or any other dog." http://edinburghnews.scotsman.com/topstories/Rise-in-pet-owners-collared.4148924.jp
Zurich - recently passed a law with the intention of clarifying acceptable treatment of "social animals" that goes into effect September first establishes desirable treatment of animals such as dogs, fish, horses, and even rhinoceroses. An array of animals has been included under the bracket of "social animals" - and a part of this new law states that any of these animals will be considered abused if they are not able to cohabit with another of their species. Swiss fisherman will now be required to participate in a course that teaches them how to catch fish humanely. Catch and Release fishing has been banned; instead fishers must now kill the fish immediately after being caught with "a sharp blow to the head with a blunt instrument." This law affects farmers as well, who are barred from restraining horses, sheep, and goats. Pigs and cows must not be forced to reside in areas with hard flooring. http://www.ussportsmen.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=929&srcid=55&srctid=1&erid=11816
London - (5/20/08) - Lawmakers approve new embryo research. British lawmakers voted Monday to approve plans to allow the use of animal-human embryos for research. The proposed laws have provoked stormy debate - pitting Prime Minister Gordon Brown and scientists against religious leaders, anti-abortion campaigners and a large number of lawmakers. Brown has said he believes scientists seeking to use mixed animal-human embryos for stem cell research into diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's are on a moral mission to improve - and save - millions of lives. Debate on other aspects of the bill are to be debated today. A final vote is expected in the coming weeks. http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/base/news/121127242096540.xml&coll=2
London - (6/4/08) - The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) wants all British dogs to be fitted with microchips, to enable the organisation to create a comprehensive database of dogs and owners in the UK. 88 per cent of attendees at the charity's annual conference voted in favour of micro-chipping dogs, which would allow the creation of the dog and owner info database. The RSPCA also, unsurprisingly, voted against the Dangerous Dogs Act and against any addition of new breeds to the act, originally introduced by John Major in 1991 outlawing four breeds - American pit bulls, Dogo Argentino, Japanese Tosa and Fila Brazileros. Irresponsible owners are to blame, not the dogs, according to the RSPCA – and a database of owners would help to police this, without recourse to animal cruelty, claims the organisation. The RSPCA received 358 calls about dog fights in 2007, double that of the previous year and the number of people treated for dog bites in England rose 40 per cent over the period 2003 through to 2007."Why do we still have a stray animal problem? Why do we have an increasing dangerous dog problem? The answer has to come down to education, enforcement of legislation and, in certain cases, microchipping and dog licensing," said David Bowles, the RSPCA's head of external affairs. http://www.techradar.com/news/world-of-tech/future-tech/rspca-wants-all-dogs-micro-chipped-381450
London - (6/4/08) - Commenting on today's publication of a Defra leaflet which provides information regarding the law on dangerous dogs, Liberal Democrat Shadow Health Secretary, Norman Lamb said: "The Dangerous Dogs Act has been consistently criticised as a piece of flawed legislation, which was rushed in by the previous Tory government. Yet ministers are responding to the massive rise in attacks with just a leaflet. "This is a pathetic response to a dramatically increasing problem in this country. Current legislation doesn't even deal adequately with the problem of dangerous dogs in private homes."Irresponsible owners are more likely to make a dog 'dangerous' than it being born a particular breed. There is a worrying trend in some areas of using dangerous dogs as fashion accessories or, worse still, as weapons. "The current law simply isn't working, and the Government needs to do far more than produce a leaflet to deal with it."
http://www.libdems.org.uk/news/dangerous-dogs-law-simply-isnt-working-lamb.14397.html ALSO SEE:
Lord Rooker spells out laws on dangerous dogs at:
North Wales - (6/4/08) - North Wales chief constable Richard Brunstrom last night called for dangerous dogs to be targeted like sex offenders. He urged officers to treat a past incident where a dog had bitten a human “like a previous conviction”. Mr Brunstrom told an RSPCA conference Britain had suffered an “exponential growth in dog fighting” and its towns and cities were “swamped with irresponsible owners”. Mr Brunstrom said police needed to target “canine offenders” and learn more about who they bite and how often.He said: “We really need to think about targeting offenders, both the human and the canine. We do not pay enough attention to the dogs that bite within our communities. If a dog has bitten before that should be regarded as previous conviction in human terms. “We have not been seeking out the problem dogs and doing something about them. Mr Brunstrom criticised the Dangerous Dogs Act for banning specific breeds rather than focusing on an animal’s behaviour. He said: “In my opinion the breed type legislation is stupid, it is intellectually ridiculous and bankrupt but we are stuck with it.” Mr Brunstrom added Britain could learn from Portland, Oregon, in America, where dogs which have a history of biting are monitored. In Virginia, a register of biting dogs has been set up for residents to view in a system similar Megan’s Law, which listed paedophiles. He added that the surge in dog fighting was due to “out of control breeding” and changes in “human population. http://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/2008/06/04/richard-brunstrom-treat-devil-dogs-like-sex-beasts-55578-21019247/
Pembrokeshire County - Haverfordwest - County Council brought a test case to clarify the law banning the docking of puppy tails in the UK.
Rutland - (5/20/08) - Dog owners could soon be forced to keep their pets on leads in a town park. Oakham mum Jenny Arthey has called for dogs to be kept under stricter control after her young daughter was scared by an unsupervised animal in Cutts Close. She wanted Oakham Town Council to fence off a section of the park for pet owners to let their dogs loose, leaving the rest of the area dog-free for children to enjoy. The idea was branded as "ludicrous" by several councillors at a meeting last week but they are now considering introducing a rule for all dogs to be kept on leads in the park. At the moment pets are allowed to run free. http://www.rutland-times.co.uk/news/Call-for-action-on-danger.4088962.jp
Around the World Notes !!
There are some pretty bizarre laws on the books in a variety of places. We thought we'd share some of them - and a story - with you ! Who says working legislation is no fun? !!
Here's one for you "dangerous dog" owners:
'Dangerous Dog' Found Not Guilty
Aberporth, Wales, UK
Defense attorney Colin Taylor said, "This must be the most ridiculous case ever brought before this court." The prosecution was going for the death penalty. Allegedly, Beth the 13-year-old dog growled at two elderly women, and "they were left distressed." Under the Dangerous Dogs Act of 1991 (c.65), the court "may order the destruction of any dog in respect of which the offence was committed." But then the defense called Beth, their star witness, to the stand. She was asked to open her mouth, and when she did, she revealed nothing but gums.
(Editor's note: Supposing she was asked to "show the tooth, the whole tooth and nothing but the tooth." ...Sorry, couldn't resist ! )
Said Mr. Taylor, "The dog has no teeth. How on earth could it be classed as dangerous?" Owner Maxine Turner of Aberporth told Cardigan magistrates that all Beth's teeth had dropped out two years before. "She can't even chew her dog food because she hasn't got a tooth in her head. What is she going to do - lick people to death?" added Ms. Turner.
Beth was found overwhelmingly not guilty.
Some laws go back prior to the horse & buggy era and have never been removed from the books. Some definitely defy any explanation.....
There's no court in the land that would prosecute you for "failing to have your dog's hind legs tied during the month of April" (Massachusetts), but you never know when it might behoove you to brush up on some local ordinances. So, here we go .......
A police officer may bite a dog to quiet him. (That'll definitely quiet any dog down.....!)
It is illegal for anyone to give lighted cigars to dogs, cats, and other domesticated animals kept as pets. (Ken & I assumed that you could go ahead and give them to wild animals !)
VENTURA COUNTY, CA
Cats and dogs are not allowed to have sex without a permit. (We couldn't figure out if this was for sex with the same species or sex with a member of the opposite species....)
It is illegal to educate dogs. (All you obedience people in Connecticut - cut that out !!)
People who make "ugly faces" at dogs may be fined and/or jailed. (Ho Boy ! Best watch yourself while standing ringside at the dog show.....!)
It is "legal" to hang a person for shooting your dog on your property but it's not legal to drive a camel on the highway. (We still haven't figured out what one had to do with the other......)
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Legislation Liaison - National Pet Press
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AKC Judge/Delegate/Legislation Liaison
AKC Legislation Representative - SC/PA & I.L.L. at Large
Camo Coalition Steering Committee - SC
SC National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses
Legislation Editor-Liaison/Staff Investigative Writer - National Pet Press
Legislation Chair/BOD/Delegate - Myrtle Beach Kennel Club, Inc.
Legislation Chair - Miniature Pinscher Club of America, Inc.
Legislation Chair - Yankee Miniature Pinscher Club, Inc.
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