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July 19, 2012 5:46 PM Subscribe
How specific is breed specific legislation?
posted by Uppity Pigeon #2 to pets & animals (10 answers total)
I've been looking at dogs to adopt, and, as you may know, the majority of shelter pups are pit bulls or pit variants. I work in the dog care field, and I have never, ever met a bad breed, only bad owners, so I'm not worried about the actual dog. I'm worried about breed specific legislation.
I live in Rhode Island, and in a lot of towns I'm seeing legislation mentioning mandatory warning signs, outright bannings and what-have-you. There is mention of exclusions for animal shelters, which is where I'm looking, but I'm still wondering:
A) How much of a legal problem would it be to have a pit or similar breed/mix?
B) How specific are "You can't have a pit bull" laws? A lot of people can't tell a boxer from a Staffordshire terrier, and I have a feeling that landlords and police might not differentiate between pit bulls and dogs that kind of look like pit bulls.