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5 Breeds of dogs deemed vicious

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St. Paul legislator proposes outlawing ownership of 5 breeds of dogs deemed vicious Print Monday, 18 June 2007 by T.W. Budig
ECM capitol reporter


Ownership of five breeds of dog deemed vicious would be outlawed statewide under legislation proposed by a St. Paul lawmaker.

Rep. John Lesch,  DFL-St. Paul, argues that going after owners after their dogs have attacked someone is responding too late.

“We’re attempting to nip it in the bud ahead of time,” said Lesch, speaking at a Capitol press conference on Friday (June 15).

Most aggressive breeds

Lesch proposes to outlaw the Pit Bull, the Akita, the Rottweiler, the Chow Chow, and wolf hybrids. He cites a Center for Disease Control 2000 report identifying these breeds as some of the most aggressive.

“You never hear stories about roving packs of Golden Retrievers attacking children,” said Lesch. “But you hear about the pit bulls,” he said.

Appearing with Lesch was Kristina Eide, whose 5-year-old daughter Brianna Senn was recently bitten by a pit bull in St. Paul.

According to media reports, St. Paul officials last summer declared the pit bull as potentially dangerous.

“My daughter has to worry when she walks outside her house that there are other dogs that could get out and attack her,” said Eide.

Brianna, her face scraped by falling to the ground, was bitten in the back. “It (the dog bite) ruined her birthday,” said Lesch.

Child welfare first

Lesch argued the proposed legislation, which he styles as sweeping, has supporters. “I do think the people of Minnesota want to put the health, safety, and welfare of a child before that of a dog,” he said.

A certain amount of time, Lesch indicated, would be given owners of the five outlawed dog breeds to find other homes for their dogs — family outside the state, shelters, he suggested.

But opponents to Lesch’s proposed bill, which he is expected to pursue when lawmakers meet again in February, were in the audience at Lesch’s press conference.

Kellie Dillner, education director for A Rotta Love Plus Minnesota, a Rottweiler and Pit Bull rescue organization, and other members argued the proposed legislation misses the real problem behind biting dogs, unfit dog owners.

Bill is uneforceable

Moreover, the proposed bill is unenforceable, they argued. “I don’t think mass exterminating five breeds of dogs is going to solve the problem of dog bites,” said Dillner.

It’s irresponsible owners that are the culprits, she argued.

The real answer, said Dillner, is enforcing the dog laws already on the books — putting enough money into enforcement so it happens.

Beyond this, the opponents argued it’s virtually impossible to establish the exact breed of a dog.

Lesch proposes that mixed breeds — dogs that are part Rottweiler, or Pit Bull, for instance — also be outlawed.

Tough fight awaits, says Sen. Betzold

Sen. Don Betzold, DFL-Fridley, who passed legislation providing more stringent control of ownership of exotic species, such as lions and tigers, foresees a tough fight awaiting Lesch. (Photos by T.W. Budig, ECM Capitol Reporter)

Betzold thought passing his bill would be a “slam dunk,” he said. And instead it took a couple of years, Betzold explained. “He’s (Lesch) going to find it easier said than done,” said Betzold.

Lesch expressed a willingness to consider other legislation.http://hometownsour ce.com/index. php?option= com_content&task=view&id=1679&Itemid=29

Jodi Preis
by on Jun. 20, 2007 at 1:14 AM
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Junebug28
by Group Admin on Jun. 20, 2007 at 11:35 AM
People i swaer .......Grrr
angeleyes7546
by Member on Jun. 20, 2007 at 11:38 AM
“You never hear stories about roving packs of Golden Retrievers attacking children,” said Lesch. “But you hear about the pit bulls,” he said.


The only reason there aren't roving packs of Golden Retrievers is bc most people with them are responsible and take care of their dogs.  Unfortunately, there are IDOITS who like pits, chows, rotts, akitas, etc who make them aggressive and then just dump them on the street when they can't or won't take care of them.  You make any dog aggressive and dump it on the street to starve to death and it will attack a person.  Not necessarily bc its aggressive, but bc its starving to death.  Grrr.  I can't stand stupidity.
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