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Local Dangerous Dog Ordinances Limiting Your Freedom?

by Dr. Chris

March 8, 2010: It seems like more and more cities are trying to put restrictions on what they deem as dangerous dog breeds, like pit bulls. One of those cities is the city of Elgin, Illinois, which is just outside of Chicago.


The proposed city ordinance, if it passes, would require owners would have “dangerous dogs” to carry $500,000 of liability insurance. In addition to that, the owner’s backyard would have to have a six foot high fence with locks.

The ordinance goes on to require pet owners to have these dogs spayed or neutered, microchipped and to muzzle them in public.

This makes it very difficult for people who have certain breeds of dogs, like pit bulls, that are labeled as dangerous.

First of all you have to find an insurance company who could give you a $500,000 dangerous dog insurance policy on a dog, which would be hard to do, likely hard to afford.

Second, many subdivisions to not allow people to have 6 foot high fencing around their property.

What do you think?

Do you think so called “dangerous dog breeds” should be banned, or should it be on an individual dog basis?

If it is on an individual dog basis, who gets to decide when the dog is dangerous? Is it after the dog attacks someone? Or in this case, is breed profiling justified?

Or is this yet another loss on our individual freedoms as Americans? Let me know your thoughts below!

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by: Sarah Christopher

My dog is just like important member of the family and I am ready to do something special all the time. I don't think such ordinance is created while considering our basic right. I am sure this will be challenged soon as it is not based on facts. I think bestpaperservices offer wide variety and options to meet your demand in essay writing.

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Even a city like Baton are proposing as they were coming up with lot of problems with the owners having dangerous dogs. But its not correct to ban dangerous breeds as we can control them by passing such ordinances. Recently, top essay writing service are doing reference ordinances to have better control over such breeds.

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by: Bains

It was a good decision that taken by the authorities to limit the number of dangerous dog breeds. It will be very helpful to the people and thus we are able to make sure the security of the people. They can be pass through the roads without any fear. for more information

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by: Anonymous

I do pitbull rescue, among other things, I adore the breed. They are so intelligent and devoted and sweet, and by far one of the most stable minded breeds I've come across.I own 2, one was found near dead and badly abused and used as a bait dog. He is the most loving angel. The media here hears of a dog attack...when they get to the scene if it is anything other than a pitbull looking dog, they won't report it at all...people have become so blinded by the media. Wake up and think for yourselves! BSL is unconstitutional, and just plays into media hype. Its all about the PEOPLE, the owners. Its the same way with children now days, no one is responcible for what they do how they act, cause everyone tries to blame it on the innocent. It makes me sick in my heart.

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i also have 3 pits and my neighbor has a rat terrier and he is mean where as my dogs fancy themselves as lap dogs and are as sweet as can be! the neighbors dog has even bitten the water delevery guy! so i totally think it should go on a dog to dog basis. if you know dogs or even the vet can tell a mean dog from a sweet one. so who do you think needs a mussel in this neighborhood?

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This is rediciolus I have a pitbull and its all how you train him/her. There goes our freedom rigths. My pit is very gentle trust me.

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