Skip to comments.Lafayette, Colorado Pit Bull and more breed ban
Posted on 02/28/2006 3:52:28 AM PST by Glacier Honey
Lafayette, Colorado is disguising BSL as Animals of Concern. 26 specific breeds are listed. Can you find yours?
Animals of Concern: means animals that based on factual studies, data, or identification by a recognized institute for breed behavior as having a propensity to be aggressive (6 traits) toward humans and domesticated animals; These animals have a higher risk of attack resulting in serious bodily injury and or death. They are identified as: Pit Bull for purposes of this chapter, is defined as any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds. Other Animals of Concern include; American Bulldog (Old Country Bulldog), Dogo Argentino, Canary Dog (Canary Island Dog, Presa Canario, Perro de Presa Canario), Presa Mallorquin (Perro de Presa Mallorquin, Ca de Bou), Tosa Inu (Tosa Fighting Dog, Japanese Fighting Dog, Japanese Mastiff), Cane Corso (Cane di Macellaio, Sicilian Branchiero), Fila Brasileiro, Boerboel, Rottweiler, German Shepherd, Chow Chow, Wolf Hybrid, Siberian Husky, Alaskan Malamute, Doberman Pinscher, St. Bernard, Great Dane or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds.
See report: http://www.cityoflafayette.com/files/itemii022106.pdf
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There's a band called the "Pit Bulls?"
Please excuse my spelling errors as I was in a hurry!!!
Hey, we're just having fun!
Little yippy dogs???
More over regulation by government. Intrusive government knows no bounds.
Those are big yippy dogs. I mean BIG.
Thanks for posting and I agree, we are becoming far too regulated and Orwellian. As a child I was badly bitten by an English Springer Spaniel (sp?). My parents and the owners decided that since I'd teased the dog, (I had) that I had it coming. I stayed away from him and he ended up running away from his owner and mauling a little girl playing in her front yard. He wasn't destroyed he was given to an elderly man who lived alone. My cousins had a cocker named Jetter who was equally aggressive, he'd bite of you tried petting him on the left side of his head (of course I had to try) so I was bitten and bled all over the place but I didn't tell anyone - those were the days when kids were blamed if they acted irresponsibly. To think I could have sued my Aunt and Uncle for millions!
Glad to see mine aren't on there.
Mine are of the pure breed known as "Carolina Curb Setters".
I have a Chow, and yes, they go for the tendons, but usually of other animals. She loves people but other dogs are lunch. Just the way it is.
I believe your assement is correct.
I stand corrected sir, your right.
What bulls***! Granted, I live out in the country, but there is a Staffordshire (Pit Bull), three Rottweilers, a Doberman and a Mastiff up the road from me. All of them bark at strangers, but not one has tried to bite me when I visit with their owners-the nastiest biting dog on this road is a Jack Russell Terrier owned by an equally nasty human. We have a Siberian Husky, and over the many years have had three other "dangerous dogs" that never bit anyone-two German Shepherds and a Chow. The Chow lived the longest at 17 years, and yes, everyone was terrified of him because he lookied ferocious and barked at strangers, but he never tried to hurt anyone who was a guest in our house. He and both of the (female) Shepherds were always gentle with our kids, and were great body guards for them, too. Our Husky is a good watchdog, but she has never tried to bite anyone either. I hope this crap gets stopped in it's tracks-they need to just fine irresponsible dog owners of ANY breed, period.
Chows are unpredictable. My stepmom's mauled her over a dog biscuit. He was not abused at all and she is an experienced dog owner. However, I'm surprised at Great Danes being banned. My two are sweeties. I can't imagine them attacking someone unless they were defending me or the property. Even then, I'm not sure how agressive they'd be.
Our Chow got along well with other dogs as long as they didn't try to come into the yard or house. He also got along with the two cats we had, but a strange cat that wandered into the back yard would have been toast...
18-22 inches, 45-70 pounds...more like medium sized dogs and a propensity to get fat. Put that much hair on a medium-sized dog and it appears much larger. And I've seen some Chows that I know had to be considerably larger than standard. There was some guy that used to haul a couple of them around in the back of his full-size pickup...wasn't much room left back there.
Welcome to the shrinking minority.
Guess mine wouldn't be included either..his name is "Stray"!!
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Breed Ban Ping
I believe you are wrong.
Any breed of dog can be aggressive, to the point of attack. The problem is not the dog, but the owner. Certain breeds require more discipline (rules, boundaries, and limitations, as Cesar says) but the norm is also for these breeds to be very intelligent and responsive to the proper attitude. AmStafs, German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rotties are all wonderful dogs, but not for everybody.
You don't have to be a minority to be stupid, or to be a stupid dog owner. The world is full of them.
I would recommend you research the "breed" of the people pushing the ban.
Two animal rights groups joined forces a while back and have a $90 million war chest to push their radical agenda. They have publicly stated that they intent to target states, as their effort to push their wierd agenda failed in congress. Included in their agenda is the goal to ban ownership of all dogs.
I can guarantee you this is just the beginning. In 5 to 10 years that list will grow to twice or three times that size. Everytime a dog breed growls or snaps at a person it will be added to the list. It's the nature of the control freaks.
Look to see if there's Human Society of the United States money behind this effort. The people running this outfit are left wing, animal worshipping kooks.
My speculation is that HSUS is behind this ban, and this is only the beginning.
It's good to see that some action is being taken.
The owner should have gotten more than a slap on the wrist.
FR threads concerning this incident...
Please don't compare inanimate objects to animals that have a mind and instinct all their own. Thank you.
You are right-anyone who gets a dog and just tosses it out in the yard to be ignored shouldn't have a pet-if the animal isn't good enough to share someone's home and life, they don't need to own a pet.
Chows are vicious. They are kept by many as junk yard dogs.
Please do compare issues where personal responsibilty and nanny-statism is involved.
They include German Shepherds, St. Bernards, and Great Danes as suspected vicious dogs. Put them in a cage such as they require, and almost any dog would become vicious!
I have known very good, friendly German Shepherds. Our daughter used to craw over her grandparents' Shepherd, pull its ears, jab her elbows into its sides as she crawled over it, and the dog would moan tolerantly, and acted very protective of our "puppy." Shepherds will defend the family, unike some politicians.
Great Danes (also on the list) are not especially vicious: just big. St. Bernards are very friendly, if properly trained.
Chows are a menace. I have never known a good one, but if you want to keep one, that is your business.
To understand this law, you have to know the town which passed it. Does anyone know the 2004 election results from there? I would be willing to bet ...
The fine in this county for a dog running loose is $500.00 per dog, per occurance. If the dog gets onto one of the many ranches out here and starts bothering livestock, it is a dead dog-if it escapes that fate, being eaten by a cougar or a pack of coyotes is still possible. Dogs are smart and easily distracted by 'coons and possums to try to get out of their yards, so most of us keep our dogs indoors when we are not there to watch them-my Husky is an escape artist extraordinaire, and so was our Chow. We haven't had a dog bite incident out here in the 3 years we've lived here, and this is a big county...
Two of us here have had Chows that were both good watchdogs and beloved family pets, gentle with children and other animals within the family "pack". Maybe my neighbor's Jack Russell used to be a junkyard dog and that is why he is vicious-being tossed into a junkyard would make me vicious, too-he is a hateful little beast, disliked by everyone who lives on this road. Dogs are pack animals-Huskies and Malamutes in particular exhibit strong pack behavior-their human family is their pack and the children are the "puppies" of the human alpha pair-and that alpha pair (the owners) must always keep the dog aware that they are dominant so there will not be problems-with any breed of dog.
Thanks for the ping
"or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits"
That amorphous criteria is an open door to anything the government wants to do.
I've been bitten once: Cocker Spaniel. Our vets unfailingly mention small dogs: cockers, terriers. Never Dobes, who are amazingly stoic.
So, I've wondered about others sharing my paradoxical relationship with dogs.
"AmStafs, German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rotties are all wonderful dogs, but not for everybody."
I don't know how many times I would get folks p*ssed off with me because I refused to place a rescued Dobe in their house.
I would tell them that Dobes were good dogs, "but not a dog for everybody, and definitely not for you". It still amazes me that people take such great offense at that reality being pointed out to them.
Friends and family were the worst. Some still won't talk to me.
OTH, because I was so stubborn, I've turned around and placed some really HARD case dogs, the ones with two paws on the .38 and two on a banana peel, with great success for both the dog and the owners.
It aint the dogs, they're just dogs. Its the people who create the problems. And usually its ego that is the catalyst for the great amount of stupidity when dealing with dogs.
I totally agree-this is just more nanny statism, along with a shameless attempt to extort "fees" for God-knows-what from pet owners-when we lived in the city, the city council voted to license CATS! When I went to the monthly town hall meeting, I asked my councilman what in the hell that was about-he just smiled and said "We need more money"!
hrm.. so i'm wondering how these people would look at my old neighbors dog.. german shepherd, rott, pitt, doberman mix. dog looks scarey, but is the most loving dog i've ever met- and not in an aggressive, jump on you, kind of way. he'd just trot up to you, and lean against you until you pet him.
Increasingly our freedoms are being threatened by a coterie of politicians who pander to various pressure groups desiring a bubble-safe environment for everyone - like it or not.
The problem isn't "pit bulls" or any other brreds. Its irresponsible idiot owners who buy macho type dogs and don't have the slightest knowledge about how to control and train them, or simply are too lazy to do so.
The other problem are "puppy mills" which generate dogs of poor stock for mass marketing at discount prices and the fools who patronize them.
A well-trained "pit bull" from reliable stock can be a trustworthy companion - Teddy Roosevelt had one. so did General Patton.