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Breed Neutral Laws: Dangerous Dog Policies

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Deirdre “Little Darling” Franklin is the founder, president, and soul behind Pinups for Pitbulls. She holds a master’s degree in public policy from Drexel University, where she specialized in breed-specific legislation.

What should we be doing instead of Breed Specific Legislature:

Enforcing stricter dangerous dog policies

As a dog advocate, I believe that we should have a strict dangerous dog policy. One of my favorite states is Virginia as it pertains to their breed neutral laws and their dangerous dog code. What they do is, they look at a dog that has either killed somebody, maimed somebody or severely harmed somebody and they make sure that the person is not only fined but also has to keep track of where their dog is and that their community can keep track of that dog. They have a website database that helps to keep these dogs registered on there and shows that this dog might have been a problem dog in the community. So you know if you’re moving next door to a dog that might be a potentially dangerous dog or dog with a history of bites, that you know about that dog in advance instead of having to find out the wrong way.

PFPB is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization whose mission is to educate people about the history, temperament, and plight of the pit bull-type dog; raising awareness to rally against Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) and Breed Discriminatory Laws (BDL). PFPB’s goal is to restore the image of the pit bull-type dog to its former reputation of America’s companion animal, war hero, and family member.