A pit-bull ban in Westwego? What's a pit bull?
Westwego City Councilmen Glenn Green certainly means well. After a 54-year-old constituent dear to the councilman's heart was mauled nearly to death by three of four pit bulls she and her boyfriend kept in their Avenue A home, Green said he wants Westwego to ban pit bulls and maybe Rottweillers too while they're at it.
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#1 Mar 20, 2013
To be useful, legislation must be effective, enforceable, economical, and reasonably fair.
This legislation is motivated by fear and lack of
The media and the inexperienced would have you believe that these breeds are vicious and
should be prohibited. However, these very breeds as a whole have proven their stability and good
canine citizenry by becoming 'Search & Rescue dogs, Therapy dogs working inside hospitals,
professional Herding dogs and family companions for years.
Our Country was not founded on the restriction and punishment of the masses based on the
actions of a few... when has this changed?
A five year study published in the Cincinnati Law Review in 1982, vol. 53, pg. 1077, which
specifically considered both Rottweilers and "pit bulls", concluded in part that:
...statistics did not support the assertion that any one breed was
dangerous,..when legislation is focused on the type of dog it fails,
because it is ... unenforceable, confusing, and costly... focusing
legislation on dogs that are "vicious" distracts attention from the
real problem, which is irresponsible owners.
In light of this and other studies, we urge you to take the following actions:
1. Reject the current legislation, which is contrary to fact and distracts from the real issue, that of
2. Actively pursue legislation that would render owners liable for the actions of their pets, such as
a good non-breed specific dangerous dog law. We suggest that the appropriate policy should be
"blame the owner, not the dog." Owners can and should take responsibility for their pets.
Bottom line: the legislation proposed will not only be unfair for responsible citizens but it
addresses the wrong problem. Voting for this proposal as it stands only harms the law abiding
responsible dog owner
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