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How Does BSL Affect Dog Owners

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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.

How does BSL affect dog owners?

Everybody is essentially being criminalized because they have a particular kind of dog that looks a certain way which is incredibly unfair. And if you think about it, the people who aren’t paying attention to the law, the outlaws, are the people they are really trying to target, but of course, they are not going to go and register their dogs for a $150 and keep it on the muzzle. Because that’s not what they are setting up to do in the first place. It’s just affecting responsible people like you and me, who care about our dogs and who care about the community which isn’t doing anything for community safety.

BSL punishes the innocent and does nothing about the law breakers.

Let’s think about cigarettes. We all know that smoking leads to all sorts of health issues that include lung cancer and emphysema. There is even a warning on the label about the dangers of smoking cigarets. People still do it. There is a law against dog fighting, yet we are still finding people running dog fighting rings. So, the chances of an irresponsible dog owner following any rules are pretty slim. They are not going to watch the news and think “Oh man, today I will muzzle my dog, hire a professional behaviorist and keep small children away from him.”

Instead what will happen is the responsible owners of amazing dogs will be punished. These responsible dog owners have already done everything in their power to have a healthy and safe dog. They have spayed and neutered their dog, spent money and time on training, made provisions to monitor and keep their dog safe in their yards. However, with BSL they are now required to purchase expensive insurance, muzzle their dog, or, in the case of a ban, get rid of their pet.

This does nothing to stop the irresponsible owner with a dog who is unsocialized and who is living in harsh environments on a chain.

“BSL results in punishing and ultimately driving away responsible owners of the targeted breed(s) while having little to no impact on the actual cause of problems, those using dogs for illegal or immoral purposes. Targeting the actions and non-action of owners will be more effective and sensible in realistically decreasing dog attacks.” (United Kennel Club, 2016).

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.