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How strict are BSL cities?

Discussion in 'Breed Specific Legislation' started by LeighAnn, Nov 9, 2017.

  1. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog

    So, as some of you already know.. I live in a conjoined BSL city against Pit-Bull breed types.. mixed and the such.. So my bully breed mix is seen on a daily basis during our walks at the local park.. I am really surprised at how many I've spoken to during our walk that come to me asking me if she is a Pit.. I expect them to mention the BSL law.. but NO... nothing of that at all.. That is when they open up to me about the pit that they have and love ..

    There are several pit owners that I've come across that live in a bsl city and there is never talk or mention that they are illegal in the city. Is it just sort of hush hush?

    So.. I am confused. This whole BSL thing seems to be more like BS thing if you ask me..
    Is it just my town?
  2. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    Some are more strict than others, from what I read about when Denver implemented their BSL law there were confiscations from homes and every single dog resembling a Pit Bull that was already in the shelter was euthanized. I remember seeing a few pics of the bodies piled in huge dumpsters, sad stuff. I think the biggest effect is in shelters where they can be required to euthanize the dog unless another shelter/rescue, outside of the ban, wants to take the bull breed mix.
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  3. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog

    Oh goodness! Scary to think that stuff can be legal. Thanks for the info and thank god I don't live in those places :'(
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    Yes, I read a lot about Denver and Miami. People's service dogs were taken from them in the air port too. I read that someone finally sued and won in Denver. They can't take your service dog away anymore. It is so strict that if you are traveling through Denver and your car breaks down they can take your dog.
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  5. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    When traveling with my dog I search online to see if there are bans along the way. Between my parents and I, which is about a 9 hour drive, nearly half the drive is through a county with restrictions. They don't completely ban them, but they have to be crated when in the car and muzzled when out of the car, always on a lash and never tethered to an object (like a tree or fence). For people living there the dog has to be in a six sided pen and when in the house they aren't allowed to open a window. I don't know how heavily enforced these laws are, but I'm not willing to risk my dog being taken if I get pulled over, especially since she is timid of strangers it could go very bad.
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  6. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Depends on the individual place and their laws. Some cities only have restrictions and conditions, such as bull breeds needing to be sterilized and wear a muzzle in public, others have bans but existing bull breeds were grandfathered in, others have total bans where existing dogs must leave the city or be euthanized.

    Either way, if you’re ever in an area with BSL, it’s best to follow all conditions legally required in order to protect your dog, or just avoid those areas completely. Even if it doesn’t seem like they’re enforcing the laws, you don’t want to end up in a situation where it’s your dog they decide to take action against.
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  7. Mr maverick

    Mr maverick Puppy

    Just move to British Columbia canada. Good old outdoors and welcoming to anybreed i bring my guy to dogparks and no issues
  8. LeighAnn

    LeighAnn Little Dog

    Sounds like a beautiful place! I take my girls to a hiking trail that has a dog park at the facility. The city is the one that has BSL though, so I don't bother going in.. although they are dog friendly, I dont want to push my luck.
  9. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    What area of Bc are you? I have found most places I’ve lived to be very tolerant and welcoming of my dogs, but I know there are some cities that do have BSL. No outright bans that I know of, but lots of restrictions.
  10. Mr maverick

    Mr maverick Puppy

    I live in delta brother a lot people have pitbulls here. There becoming more and more popular
  11. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Bull breeds are unfortunately much too popular on the lower mainland and are constantly being bred and sold indiscriminately. There are still a few areas that do have BSL, including Burnaby and Surrey.

    Also I’m female.
  12. Mr maverick

    Mr maverick Puppy

    Yeah that's why I got a rescue from bc wildfires unf like you said that was a breeder with a mill. The souless breeder left all the pups durring evacuation. Fortunately spca rescued them
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  13. Mr maverick

    Mr maverick Puppy

    Btw I live on the surrey border and they have no restrictions or anything on the Bullie breeda that was all delt with 7 years ago to register my 10 year old it use to be $110 now it is 30 I take the little one to any dog park in surrey with no issues:):)
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  14. BCdogs

    BCdogs Good Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    You’re right, looks like Surrey no longer categorized dangerous dogs based on breed or appearance. That’s great to see. I would take the time to check out our sticky on dog parks though. :)
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  15. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    Much of Canada does have BSL though, including all of Ontario and parts of British Columbia. There's also parts of Canada banning training tools like prong and E collars. Here is a BSL map I found, I'm not sure where all those pin points are but it's more for visual. I believe there was a recent post on here about a new ban that was just implemented in Canada.

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