Nevada Dog Breed Law: Does New Law Target Pit Bulls?

By iScienceTimes Staff on May 29, 2013 5:34 PM EDT

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A Nevada dog breed law will make it illegal to designate a dog as dangerous simply based on its breed. (Photo: Reuters / Dante Alighieri)

A Nevada dog breed law will make it illegal to designate a dog as dangerous or malicious simply based on its breed. According to the Reno Gazette-Journal, Governor Brian Sandoval signed the law on Tuesday, making Nevada the 14th state to adopt a law banning breed discrimination.

Best Friends Animal Society, a nonprofit that promotes pet adoption for abused and abandoned animals, led the campaign for the implementation of the new Nevada dog breed law, which will go into effect on Oct. 1 of this year. The law is known as Assembly Bill 110.

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"Every American who follows the right safety rules as a responsible dog owner should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose," Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney who helped draft the bill, told the Reno Gazette-Journal.

The Nevada dog breed law particularly targets pit bulls, because this breed tends to generate negative press because of the fear associated with the animal. Pit bulls are disproportionately euthanized in relation to other dog breeds. From the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals:

Despite this bad rap, a well-bred, well-socialized and well-trained pit bull is one of the most delightful, intelligent and gentle dogs imaginable. It is truly a shame that the media continues to portray such a warped image of this beautiful, loyal and affectionate breed.

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