American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws

Posted on August 8, 2012May 31, 2022Categories News   Leave a comment on American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws

On Monday, August 6, 2012, the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, meeting at the 2012 ABA convention in Chicago, approved a resolution urging “all state, territorial, and local legislative bodies and governmental agencies [. . .] to repeal breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions.” This comprehensive recommendation is accompanied by an extensive report detailing the legion of problems associated with breed specific regulation, including significant questions of due process; waste of government resources[i]; documented failure to produce safer communities[ii]; … Continue reading “American Bar Association (ABA) urges repeal of all breed-specific laws”

Massachusetts joins the ranks of states with breed-specific legislation (BSL) preemptions

Posted on August 3, 2012May 31, 2022Categories News, Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Massachusetts joins the ranks of states with breed-specific legislation (BSL) preemptions

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed an historic, comprehensive overhaul of the state’s animal control regulation on Thursday, August 2, 2012.[1] Among the important reforms included in the bill are provisions that a dog may not be declared dangerous solely on the basis of breed, and that no city or town can regulate dogs in a manner that is specific as to breed. In signing the bill into law, Massachusetts becomes the 13th state barring localities from enacting breed specific regulation. The ineffectiveness of breed … Continue reading “Massachusetts joins the ranks of states with breed-specific legislation (BSL) preemptions”

Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in community safety

Posted on July 9, 2012May 31, 2022Categories News, UncategorizedTags   Leave a comment on Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in community safety

A paper published last week in the Journal Injury Prevention attempted to make the case that “pit bull” bans in Manitoba may have been effective in reducing dog bite injury hospitalizations (DBIH, in the language of the paper).  [1]  In attempting to do so, however, the authors revealed that the bans, applicable to the overwhelming majority of Manitobans, including citizens of Winnipeg, had not resulted in improved community safety; and that the safety record of Manitoba lags far behind that … Continue reading “Winnipeg, Manitoba far behind Calgary in community safety”

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association urges repeal of breed specific provisions in Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA)

Posted on June 4, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News, Uncategorized   Leave a comment on Ontario Veterinary Medical Association urges repeal of breed specific provisions in Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA)

The Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (OVMA), representing on behalf of the province’s 4,000 veterinarians, has published an open letter to all three of Ontario’s political party leaders, including Premier Dalton McGuinty, urging repeal of the breed specific provisions of the Dog Owner’s Liability Act (DOLA). Citing its science-based approach to issues of community safety, the OVMA reminded the leaders that breed-specific legislation does not result in community safety, as evidenced by the fact that the DOLA’s breed specific provisions have … Continue reading “Ontario Veterinary Medical Association urges repeal of breed specific provisions in Dog Owners’ Liability Act (DOLA)”

Cincinnati, Ohio eliminates breed ban from city code of ordinances

Posted on May 19, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Cincinnati, Ohio eliminates breed ban from city code of ordinances

On May 16, the City Council in Cincinnati voted to repeal the city’s breed ban. Cincinnati’s repeal follows the historic repeal of a statewide breed discriminatory statute in Ohio, which occurred earlier this year in February. Two months after Ohio Governor John Kasich signed the repeal, the Cincinnati City Council convened a task force to evaluate Chapter 701 of the city’s Code, which at the time contained articles defining a “vicious dog,” as, among other things “a dog commonly defined … Continue reading “Cincinnati, Ohio eliminates breed ban from city code of ordinances”

‘What kind of dog is that?’: Dog experts needed to participate in new University of Florida survey regarding visual breed identification

Posted on May 17, 2012May 31, 2022Categories News, Research & Publications   Leave a comment on ‘What kind of dog is that?’: Dog experts needed to participate in new University of Florida survey regarding visual breed identification

Assisted in part by a grant from the National Canine Research Council, the Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program at the University of Florida’s School of Veterinary Medicine is conducting a national survey of dog experts (breeders, trainers, groomers, veterinarians, shelter staff, rescuers, and others). Based upon responses to an online survey, Program Director Dr. Julie Levy DVM, PhD, DACVIM and her collaborators will compare responding experts’ best guesses as to the breeds of 20 dogs in a series of photographs. Guesses … Continue reading “‘What kind of dog is that?’: Dog experts needed to participate in new University of Florida survey regarding visual breed identification”

Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters

Posted on May 3, 2012March 18, 2021Categories News   Leave a comment on Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters

The recent Maryland Court of Appeals decision in Tracey v Solesky modifies the common law in Maryland regarding liability for bites attributed to dogs the Court alternately referred to as “pit bull”, “pit bull mix” or “cross‐bred pit bull mix”. The decision establishes a strict liability standard for persons who own, harbor or control “pit bull,” “pit bull mix” or “cross‐bred pit bull mix” dogs, when a dog so labeled injures a person. Evidence Analysis The rationale and sources relied upon by the Maryland … Continue reading “Maryland Court of Appeals’ Decision Unfairly Burdens Dog Owners, Landlords, and Shelters”

One-hundred years ago, companion dogs were among the victims and survivors of the Titanic.

Posted on April 14, 2012March 18, 2021Categories Uncategorized   Leave a comment on One-hundred years ago, companion dogs were among the victims and survivors of the Titanic.

With the passing of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s voyage, a new focus has been put on the other passengers of the historic ship: pet dogs. While stories of dogs on the Titanic have been largely unheard until now, it is reported that at least twelve were brought on board, three of which survived the ship’s sinking. All of the surviving dogs were small enough to be brought alongside their owners in lifeboats, one of which was reportedly wrapped … Continue reading “One-hundred years ago, companion dogs were among the victims and survivors of the Titanic.”

The quality of a dog’s relationship to humans is a crucial determinant of social behavior

Posted on March 28, 2012March 18, 2021Categories Research & Publications   Leave a comment on The quality of a dog’s relationship to humans is a crucial determinant of social behavior

Note: This blog was originally written in 2012, the below document was updated in 2016 to reflect the most recent research.   For almost 2 decades, The Family Dog Project has been at the forefront of research demonstrating that dogs have a special ability that few other animals possess: to notice and respond to social signals from humans. Jozsef Topál and his colleagues have discovered that this canine ability to connect with humans is enhanced, if not determined, by the … Continue reading “The quality of a dog’s relationship to humans is a crucial determinant of social behavior”