Ending dog breed bans

Can you imagine being forced to give up your pet just because of the way your dog looks?

More than 30 cities in Kentucky have laws that prohibit certain breeds of dogs like Doberman pinschers, or German shepherds just because they “look” a certain way. Science shows that a dog’s breed doesn’t determine how the animal behaves.

Still, these dogs are banned from many apartments and even entire cities across Kentucky. That means people are forced to give up their beloved pets, and otherwise well-mannered dogs in shelters are prevented from becoming loving family pets.

How you can help

Every individual should have the right to own whatever breed of dog he or she chooses. There is no such thing as a dangerous breed of dog.

Twenty-two states, including Virginia and Illinois, have passed laws against breed bans. It’s time for Kentucky to do the same.

Take Action: Tell your representatives that laws should focus on the behavior of individual dogs and their owners, not the breed.

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Facts and myths

Are certain breeds of dogs inherently aggressive and dangerous? Some people assume specific breeds of dogs are more prone to attacking and biting, but this is a misconception. Legislation that targets specific breeds is often a knee-jerk reaction to one incident but these laws are ineffective and very costly.

Dogs like Rottweilers, Pit bulls, and Doberman pinschers are frequently and unjustly targeted by breed-specific legislation as inherently vicious, aggressive and dangerous, though this is not the case, as shown by research, studies and policies from the National Canine Research Council, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the American Bar Association. Unfortunately, negative media attention has given these dogs a bad reputation.

Join us as we work together to create a better world for beloved pets that keeps all dogs—big or small, block-headed or bean-sized—safe and with the families who love them. Tell your representatives to support laws that focus on the behavior of individual dogs and their owners, not breed.

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