Legislation Targets Pit Bull Control

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, June 29, 2005

State Senator Jackie Speier’s legislation is supported by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. It would reverse the law that prohibits local governments from regulating dogs by their breed.  While the bill names “dangerous and vicious dogs” it’s aimed at controlling the population of pit bulls—whose recent attacks have been highlighted in news reports. 

 “Aside from these horrible attacks, there is the undeniable fact that county shelters are jammed full of pit bulls and pit bull mixes."

Prior to a hearing on the measure, Molly Kenneth of Sacramento stood in a Capitol  hallway with pictures of pit bull mixes she’s rescued… She says breed-specific legislation doesn’t work.

“It’s expensive and difficult and it creates a lot of conflict. The limited resources animal control has get strung out all over different places.”

Mayor Gavin Newsom says if the legislation is approved by the legislature and signed by the Governor, he’ll work quickly to start a spay and neuter program directed at pit bulls.