I couldn't beleive it!!! In my state paper they had an article they are putting French Bulldogs and other breeds in the same catagory as Pit Bulls and are banning them. The other breeds they stated are Staffordshire bull terriers, American Bulldogs, Boxers, Alpha Blue Blood Bulldogs,Bull Terriers, Bull Mastiffs,Banter Bulldogs and Boston Terriers. I am not opposed to Pit Bulls if they are raised right. I have 4 Frenchies and all they are is clowns and are no where aggressive. My Vet bought one of my puppies so when I read the article I immediately went to his clinic and he said not to worry they can't enforce it and he was going to call/write to Senator that sponsored this bil and raise H*LL. They also are adding a state fee of $1 per pound per dog and you are to register all your dogs at a specified area in my state. The money is to go towards state education. I don't see how they can enforce this, they are going to have to come to my house to find my dogs and get me to pay this. I would pay this but I am NOT getting rid of my babies. This all goes into effect Oct. 1
i think that there shouldnt be any law or rule that says you cant have a certain type of dog. that ridiculous. any dog can be mean if you teach it to be. a mini poodle can do damage if its taught to. people are blamming the dogs when in all reality they should be blaming them selves. and for you to have to pay to have your dogs registered so you can help out the school. come on now are they that desperate. what the hell do dogs being registered have to do with the schooling program. maybe if they government and all these so called professionals new how to ballance their money the united states wouldnt be in dept right now. kids wouldnt have to be sharring books in class and being seated 40 kids in one class room. but not to get off the subject intirely. i would have any type of dog i wanted no matter what law told me. you cant justify any ryme or reason why the dog is like that besides the fact that they have terrible owners. its not like the dog taught its self to charge or bark at certain people. its not like dogs deside one day that they are going to just be in a bad mood. the behavior is taught.
I don't know how they could do it - but a lot of states these days are trying to ban 'bully' breeds. In Paducah, KY - they didn't ban them, but they forced pit bull owners to get liability insurance on any pits registered in the city. Responsible owners were having a fit, but I don't think that it really affected the people that they were trying to target, because those people didn't care in the first place. This was a big issue for awhile, but I haven't heard much in the last few months about it. I would definately sign/start a petition.
Ohio is the only state I know of in the US that ahas a blanket statement against ownership/breeding of 'Pit bull dogs', more specifically american pit bull terriers and american staffordshire terriers. Typically, these kinds of ordinances are set by city or county ordinance (like the bannings of Pit Bull type dogs in Denver), not by state law.
Ontario, Canada has a blanket ban against pit bull type dogs as well that is far more specific and strict than the Ohio one.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
HaHaHa !! that is soooo ridiculous. the frenchie is one of the friendliest breeds you will ever have the extreme pleasure of knowing. all three of mine are beyond loving. no one on my frenchie forums has a mean one. the people that are passing these laws, obviously have never came face-to-face with a french bulldog or they would never be able to sign these laws into affect. they would be overtaken with so much kissing and loving, they would not be able to hold the pen to be able to sign anything !
If you are a dog and your owner suggests that you wear a sweater, suggest that he wear a tail.
I am in Arkansas, the article was in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette. Dusty, I thought you would get a kick out of this. I should take my Frenchies to this IDIOT senators house and let them work him over with kisses, he would change his mind. They would give him a good tounge lashing.
Not doubting the OP, just find it VERY odd that there is no mention of this bill in the AKC legislative alerts. They let you know over things way more minor than this proposal.
Politically based 'newspapers' have tried to scare dog owners before, twisting what is actually being proposed. I would need to see something official. I have never heard of a BSL including anything other than pit/mixes.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
This is why breed specific legislation is so dangerous. I personally like Pit Bulls as a breed so I am obviously not in favor of legislation that restricts them. However, even if I did have a problem with the breed I still would not support breed bans because it opens the door for the banning of any breed. Those who think Pit Bulls as a breed are dangerous and support BSL think that these laws will never personally affect them or their dogs, and this may not be the case.
Wow..this is absolutely ridiculous. Alleycat, I live in Arkansas, too. I thought I was safe for a while from this bs but I'm obviously wrong >.< Are you starting a petition or no, if you will I won't start one and I'll just sign it. I'm sure as heck not getting rid of my baby, Stump, Staffy Bull, no way am I getting rid of him. This is truly getting out of hand. Eventually they'll ban Japanese Chin from being owned, what am I to do then? All my favorite dogs are "dangerous" to the public, I never even got my chance to be owned by a bull terrier.....*sobs*...I really will cry if this isn't stopped...O, wait, I always said I'd move out of this country if this country got worse...this seems like a good time...:P At least once I get my degree I'll move to europe. This is getting out of hand, I've always contacted the senator on other subjects, I guess I'll just contact him about this one too.
The thing is.. Even if they ban only pits.. What happens when they do that is that the nice pits are gonna go but the mishandeld pits will stay since the people owning the dangerous ones usually don't follow the law anyhow.. I just think it's stupidity in nutshell. And they think this is gonne help?? *Yawn*
If you think dogs can't count, try putting three dog biscuits in your pocket and then giving Fido only two of them.
What's funny is Frenchies aren't common here and I bet this fool doesn't even know what they look like or seen one. They are no where the size of a pit bull. Alicat1--All I can go by is the paper until I investigate it more. They aren't going to scare me in any way. Why do you have to be so doubtful of what people bring to this board? I didn't know the State had to go to AKC before they could pass this kinda bill. Since you are so up on these things why don't you find out if its true. To everybody else, I find it hard for them to enforce this and I will do what I can to change this. Frenchies are just little clowns.
More than one person has asked for the bill number, and I will contact AKC about it as soon as you provide the information. Not being rude, but you are the only one that has seen or heard of this bill. It MUST give a bill or act number in what ever paper you read it in.
I just think AKC would know about it. Don't you think other Frenchie or Boxer owners would have contacted AKC by now? They are a large organization.
I know how these things work. It just doesn't seem correct.
Boxers are like cookies you can't have just one :)
Arkansas has a searchable database for House/Senate business. The closest thing I could find was a bill defining "Unlawful dog attack" as a Class A misdemeanor, which I think everyone here can agree with: (ACT258/HB1489): ====================================================== BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ARKANSAS:
SECTION 1. Arkansas Code Title 5, Chapter 62, Subchapter 1 is amended to add an additional section to read as follows:
5-62-125. Unlawful dog attack.
(a) A person commits the offense of unlawful dog attack if:
(1) The person owns a dog that the person knows or has reason to know has a propensity to attack, cause injury, or endanger the safety of other persons without provocation;
(2) The person negligently allows the dog to attack another person; and
(3) The attack causes the death of or serious physical injury to the person attacked.
(b) The offense of unlawful dog attack is a Class A misdemeanor.
(c) In addition to any penalty imposed under this section, the court or jury may require the defendant to pay restitution under § 5-4-205 for any medical bills of the person attacked for injuries caused by the attack APPROVED: 3/9/2007
I am not sure the bill number etc. but here is the article out of the state paper. You can read it and get your take of it.
New state dog fee to put Fido on diet Dear Otus, We’re dog people (we have five), so we tried to follow the legislation during the recent session that dealt with the new dog fees based on weight and the proposal to ban all pit bulls from the state.
Our little basenji Rufus had a run-in at the dog park with a pit bull and it took us an hour to get Rufus out of the tree. We love all kinds of dogs, but pit bulls and their creepy owners scare the bejeebers out of us.
Can you tell us when the pit bull law and the new state dog fees are kicking in?
- Anna Maas North Little Rock Dear Anna,
It was wholly a pleasure to hear from you.
The new dog fee legislation was difficult to follow since it was buried in Gov. Mike Beebe’s increase to $64 million in the state funding package for education as part of a $4.36 billion general revenue budget for fiscal year 2008.
Any dollar amount over, say, $27.50 and my head starts to spin.
But first, the pit bull crisis that’s spreading across the state.
As you are well aware, pit bulls have already been banned in Maumelle, North Little Rock, Lonoke, Sherwood, Vilonia, Gravel Ridge and Cabot. That meant there was a huge influx of pit bull owners moving to Jacksonville.
The town became known as the pit bull capital of America. There are currently an estimated 18,400 pit bulls in Jacksonville.
A panicked Jacksonville City Council reacted. The town’s pit bull ban kicks in June 18. After that, special animal control officers armed with tranquilizer guns will scour the city to round up offending dogs and owners.
Scofflaws will be housed in the huge 17.5-acre barbed-wire holding pen that has been constructed on Jacksonville Cutoff Road in Gravel Ridge.
The statewide ban on pit bulls doesn’t take place until Jan. 1. The law also affects Staffordshire bull terriers, American bulldogs, boxers, French bulldogs, Alapaha blue blood bulldogs, bull terriers, bull mastiffs, banter bulldogs and (with some controversy) Boston terriers.
While the state legislators were at it, they decided that there were far too many dog owners posing a health hazard by allowing their animals to do their business in public places.
State Sen. Harlan Holderson (D-Vilonia) was the bill’s sponsor. He explains that beginning with the new fiscal year (Oct. 1), all dog owners in Arkansas will be required to register their animals at an official state canine weigh station and pay a fee depending on the dog’s weight.
The canine cost will be $1 per pound. As with the tag fees for vehicles, the canine fee deals directly with the amount of wear and tear on the public walking paths and the aggregate waste deposits that must be removed by public parks and sanitation employees.
Who has to pay? Holderson said, “An easy way to recall is to remember your ABCs.”
A : All dogs must pay.
B : Bigger isn’t better.
C : Canines cost per pound
S : Service dogs are exempt.
How much will the annual fee set dog owners back? Small or toy breed dogs such as Shih Tzus or miniature poodles can be pocket change.
The Legislature does expect to hear some grumbling from owners of larger dogs.
A typical cocker spaniel weighs about 25 pounds. A standard size dachshund can weigh up to 32 pounds. Border collies can tip the scales at 45 pounds and Shar-Peis can pork up to 60 pounds.
Those pounds translate into big bucks for Arkansas - money we need for education.
This being a hunting state, let’s say you have a hunting dog or 20. A Labrador retriever or golden retriever weighs between 65 and 80 pounds and an Irish setter can easily come in at 75 pounds. A redtick coonhound will weigh 40 to 65 pounds. The pounds add up.
Does that mean there will be an explosion of “designer” dogs - tiny little yippers you can fit in a purse? Maybe. But the new status symbol will more likely be the giant pooch.