I just caught the tail end of this report on the news. There has been recent tough and expensive Pit legislation in Louisville, and a lot of public outcry as a result. It looks like they are going to change it so that spayed/neutered Pits will be treated just like any other dog, but owners of intact Pits will have to carry extra insurance and (I believe) pay higher licensing fees.
I heard whispers of expanding this legislation to other breeds as well.

This town is very dog unfriendly. There is a big dog show here every year and now they are requiring visiting dogs to have temporary licenses. That sounds like a good way to cut back on attendees and therefore cut the city's income from tourists. Real bright.

Lynne
Oh, holy ***... they are including Mastiffs in this legislation. Mastiffs?? AKA gentle giants? Am I missing something?
http://www.whas11.com/news/local/stories/whas11
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The controversial Louisville dog ordinance passed committee late Monday evening by a 4-3 vote.
The breed-specific ordinance will now move on to the full Metro Council.

The ordinance puts restrictions on potentially dangerous dogs. Some Republicans didn't want the ordinance to name specific breeds, but the ordinance did contain that breed-specific language.

The ordinance names three bull terrier breeds and four mastiff breeds. Owners of those dogs would have to pay higher fees and the dogs would have to wear muzzles when in public places if they are not spayed or neutered.

The full Metro Council could vote on the dog ordinance at its meeting next Tuesday, December 19.

Lynne
Oh, holy ***... they are including Mastiffs in this legislation. Mastiffs?? AKA gentle giants? Am I missing something?

Yep. The fact that there are a number of different Mastiff breeds (not all of them with "mastiff" in the name), and some of them have strong aggressive tendencies. (Ever hear of Diane Whipple?)
Oh, holy ***... they are including Mastiffs in this legislation. Mastiffs?? AKA gentle giants? Am I missing something?

Yep. The fact that there are a number of different Mastiff breeds (not all of them with "mastiff" in the name), and some of them have strong aggressive tendencies. (Ever hear of Diane Whipple?)

It wouldn't surprise me if Dogues de Bordeaux were also included in that list. Most people don't know how they work and they are skeery lookin' dawgs.
Yep. The fact that there are a number of different Mastiff breeds (not all of them with "mastiff" in the name), and some of them have strong aggressive tendencies. (Ever hear of Diane Whipple?)

every day I learn more about how much I don't know!

Lynne
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