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Breed-specific legislation

Across the country, entire communities ban or restrict dogs because of their breed or perceived breed. Breed-based policies aren't founded on science or credible data, but on myths and misinformation surrounding different breeds. Yet their impact on dogs, families and animal shelters is heartbreakingly real. Breed bans and restrictions force dogs out of homes and into shelters, taking up kennel space and resources that could be used for animals who are truly homeless. Learn what you can do to fight breed-specific legislation in your area.

  • Repealing breed-specific legislation

    Across the country, entire communities ban or restrict dogs because of their breed or perceived breed. Breed-based policies aren't founded on science or credible data, but on myths and misinformation surrounding different breeds. Their impact on dogs, families and animal shelters, however, is heartbreakingly real. Breed bans and restrictions force dogs out of homes and into shelters, taking up kennel space and resources that could be used for animals who are truly homeless.

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  • Beyond breed

    In September, author Bronwen Dickey kindly made a “pit” stop at our HSUS offices to discuss her new book, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

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  • Magazine Article

    Beyond breed

    Author offers a clear-eyed view of the history of pit bull-type dogs

    In September, author Bronwen Dickey kindly made a “pit” stop at our HSUS offices to discuss her new book, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

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  • Blog Post

    Beyond breed

    Author offers a clear-eyed view of the history of pit bull-type dogs

    In September, author Bronwen Dickey kindly made a “pit” stop at our HSUS offices to discuss her new book, Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon.

    Read More

  • Magazine Article

    Can't judge a bull by the cover

    Maryland 'pit bull' ruling spotlights problems with breed-specific legislation

    When Maryland’s highest court declared pit bulls "inherently dangerous" in 2012, the ruling demonstrated the numerous problems with breed-specific legislation and policies.

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