How can animal control officers know when responsible pet owners are in violation of a limit law, breed-specific law, a time-limit tethering ordinance, or a mandatory spay/neuter law? They can’t — unless they patrol door-to-door looking for violators. All this is timely, costly, and just not practical. Breed-specific legislation is especially difficult to enforce because it is impossible, even for animal professionals, to breed label dogs of unknown origin. This has often resulted in lengthy and costly court litigation. Learn more about the inaccuracy of Visual Breed Identification for a more complete understanding of the ineffectiveness of breed-specific legislation.
To demonstrate the ineffectiveness of law enforcement and/or animal control agencies ability to correctly identify dog breeds, Western University of Health Sciences conducted a study of dogs who were erroneously breed identified by Animal Control agencies. The study found there was no correlation between the agency identification and actual breed correctly identified through DNA tests. CLICK HERE TO VIEW THAT STUDY.
How does BSL affect the community?
In addition to the added cost to tax payers mentioned above, ineffective laws cause responsible pet owners who own a breed or breed mix targeted by breed-specific legislation will be less likely to license pets and less likely to take pets to the vet for fear of facing stiff fines or worse: having their pets taken from them and destroyed. The resulting impact to communities is a loss of licensing revenue, and an increased threat to public health for animals that do not receive vaccines that prevent the spread of disease in the community.
What related national organizations oppose BSL?
MOST! Even the National Animal Control Association (NACA) does not support BSL because of it’s difficulty to enforce and ineffectiveness. Others include American Bar Association because of the costly litigation and difficulty to defend, most all national animal welfare organizations, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and so many others! NACA position statement
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