Purpose of the Report
The purpose of the report is to determine whether breed specific bans are an effective means of preventing dog attacks. This report examined statistics and reviewed expert opinion on the causes of canine aggression and bite prevention, and finally, considered the options a community has for implementing dangerous dog laws.
Breed-specific legislation is based on the premise that certain breeds are inherently dangerous and that public safety can be accomplished by banning or restricting only those dogs. Unfortunately, this does not deal with the underlying problem – irresponsible ownership. Non-breed specific dangerous dog laws are based on the premise that any dog can bite and that a dog of any breed can be treated in a way that would encourage aggression. Non-breed specific legislation focuses on the quality of ownership, placing the responsibility for the dog’s actions squarely on the owner of the dog.