Nevada Bans Breed Specific Legislation

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Nevada pit bull lovers can celebrate – Governor Brian Sandoval has just signed a bill into law that prohibits municipalities from banning dogs based on their breed.

Assembly Bill 110 was pioneered by Best Friends Animal Society, who worked closely with Assemblyman James Ohrenschall. The bill makes Nevada the 14th state to ban breed discrimination laws.

Best Friends is proud that Nevada has taken steps to prevent breed discrimination. Every American who follows the right safety rules as a responsible dog owner should be allowed to own whatever breed of dog they choose,” said Ledy VanKavage, senior legislative attorney who helped draft the bill. “Our fundamental goal is to achieve safe and humane communities. We want our communities to be protected against dangerous dogs – and we want abused dogs to be protected from irresponsible owners. Because everyone benefits from a safe society – both people and pets.”

Best Friends contacted local legislators to support the bill. Mel, one of the Victory dogs brought to BFAS after the Michael Vick dog-fighting bust, made an appearance with loving new owner Richard Hunter to testify before the state senate.

Assembly Bill 110 bans breed discriminatory laws from being enacted anywhere in Nevada,” Assemblyman Ohrenschall said, “I’m confident that this law will benefit dogs, dog owners and animal lovers throughout our great state. It has always been bad public policy to enact ordinances that target a certain breed of dog without considering that individual dog’s actions. I’m proud of sponsoring this legislation because it will help keep our innocent friends from being killed needlessly and senselessly. This bill will help strengthen the bond between humans and our beloved dogs.”

Studies conducted in countries with breed specific legislation show that the discriminatory laws do not reduce the number of dog bites or improve public safety. These studies and concerns about due process and property rights infringement are why the American Bar Association, the National Animal Control Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association do not support such measures. They do support laws that aim to address the real issues – reckless owners and individual dogs with behavior problems.

Best Friends has spent years encouraging governements to adopt breed-neutral laws that go after individual aggressive dogs and reckless owners. They promote lawmakers to focus on the main causes of aggression – failure to spay/neuter, failure to properly train and socialize, and abuse, neglect, and leaving dogs tethered for extended periods.

The new law takes effect October 1, 2013.





14 thoughts on “Nevada Bans Breed Specific Legislation”

  1. BIG MISTAKE Nevada:

    Clifford Wright
    74-years old | Santa Fe, NM

    Clifford Wright, 74-years old, was discovered mauled to death by one of his pet pit bulls. The victim’s son, Gavin Wright, found his body after returning from work. Gavin Wright described the male pit bull, named Achilles, as a playful and loving pet and that his father loved the dog more than even himself. “He loved the breed, he loved the dog,” Gavin said. The state Office of the Medical Investigator confirmed “the injuries sustained by Mr. Wright were from the dog. There were no other medical reasons related to his death.” Santa Fe Police Lt. Louis Carlos said the victim had apparently been watering plants in his front yard before the attack. Carlos said that police “walked into a death scene” that night and described the victim’s injuries as “grisly.” The victim kept up to six dogs at his home that he shared with his son, at least three of which were pit bulls. In 2005, Clifford Wright was bitten by a different male pit bull at his home.

    • Owner had been bit before so there’s a good chance more than one dog was aggressive. Many owners love their aggressive dogs and tolerate this behavior. This is a very sad case.

    • ……. What person in their right mind has 6 pitbulls in one house hold ???/ That is a recipe for disaster… I see so mannyyyyyyyyyy reports of a person being attacked by 3-6 dogs….. You’re asking for it… there is no reason to have 6 of ANY breed of animal.

      2 pitbulls max per household should be a law….

      And this is coming from a pitbull owner.

  2. BIG MISTAKE Nevada:

    Savannah Edwards
    2-years old | Shawnee County, KS

    Savannah Edwards, 2-years old, was brutally attacked by a rescued pit bull. At the time of the incident, the little girl and her mother were visiting the residence of 5831 S.E. Cross when the tenant’s dog attacked. The tenant is related to the child and her mother, according to police officials. The child was rushed to a Topeka hospital, where she was pronounced dead. The dog, a 6-year old male pit bull, was taken into custody by the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office Animal Control unit. The owner of the pit bull had allegedly warned neighbors prior to the attack that his dog “would attack other dogs if given the chance.” The dog was subsequently euthanized at the owner’s request. As of December 29, 2012, neither the rescue shelter that adopted out the “dog-aggressive” pit bull nor the name of the dog owner has been released to the public.

    • “would attack other dogs if given the chance” – owner knew the dog was aggressive, owner should be held responsible.

    • Anonymous, you’re searching specifically for news feeds of people attacked/killed by pit bulls. Why not do a fair search and see how many other attacks/killings are from other breeds of dogs. You’re being willfully blind to the fact that ALL dogs, given the wrong circumstances, can turn vicious.

  3. Eugene Cameron
    65-years old | Roxboro, NC

    Eugene Cameron, 65-years old, was discovered dead under a car port in a home where he had been housesitting. Cameron’s body was found naked with his clothes “balled up” beside him, surrounded by bloody dog paw prints and severe dog bite injuries along his right arm. Person County authorities seized a male pit bull named DMX owned by Antonio Ford who resides in a home next to the crime scene. Two different labs where used to determine if the pit bull’s DNA could be found in the blood at the scene and on the victim’s clothing. Throughout the nearly three month long investigation, Ford maintained his dog’s innocence and put up a sign in yard reading “Free DMX U got the wrong dog.” On August 16, after finding the dog’s DNA on the victim’s clothing and Cameron’s blood on the pit bull, authorities arrested Ford and charged him with involuntary manslaughter and felony obstruction of justice

    • “Cameron’s body was found naked” – obviously the dog didn’t undress him first..sure sounds like the owner ordered the attack….again this is an owner issue not a dog issue.

  4. Jace Valdez
    16-months old | Magnolia, TX

    Jace Valdez, 16-months old, was mauled to death by a pit bull while in the care of his grandmother. His grandparents owned the 7-year old male dog, and his grandmother was the only adult present during incident. Arriving deputies shot and killed the pit bull inside the home. Though not physically injured in the attack, the grandmother was immediately hospitalized for shock. Several days after the deadly attack, the child’s father, Jeremy Valdez, issued a statement to the media. “Baby Jace had been in Mr. Valdez’s sole care and custody for over the past year; however the child was visiting his mother for the week where she resides with her parents at their home in Montgomery County and where the attack occurred.” At the time of the attack, Jace’s mother was visiting friends in Spring. Detectives continue to investigate the child’s death. As of January 26, 2012, no criminal charges have been brought.

  5. is not an “official” site. It is written by someone who was once mauled by a dog while out jogging….for years she was unable to even describe the type of dog and then one day “out of the blue” decided it was a pitbull and started this site. She’s part of the problem, not the solution.


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