Teen’s Pit Bull Helps Overturn Breed Ban

Life With Dogs is reader-supported. We may earn a small commission through products purchased using links on this page.


This is what Orion thinks of BSL
This is what Orion thinks of BSL.


The small town of Annapolis, Missouri has overturned its ban on bully breeds largely in part to a teenage girl and her dog, Patches.

Fifteen-year-old Bayle Sutton’s family adopted the stray pit bull after he followed her home one day. The loving, playful puppy captured their hearts and they had to keep him. But the Tucker family was given a ticket by police because due to his breed, Patches was considered a “public threat” by Annapolis. They were given five days to remove him from city boundaries.

But the Tuckers insisted Patches was a family member, and they were determined to fight for him in court back in February. FOX2 News out of St. Louis got involved with the fight, and reporter Chris Hayes bought a DNA test to see if it would help. Results revealed that Patches was half American Staffordshire, one quarter boxer and one quarter Cocker Spaniel.

However, it did not help, because Am Staffs were specifically listed among the banned breeds. But Annapolis residents were on the family’s side. Town leaders did not immediately demand Patches be exiled; rather, they listened to their constituents. After reviewing the town’s ordinance, they decided to overturn the breed ban.


Chris Hayes is to be commended for his role in this movement against the discrimination of bully breeds, which is no different than discrimination against races and ethnicities of people. He had conducted a poll which showed that 70 percent of people surveyed could not even properly identify dog breeds. He works to enlighten the public to the unfair prejudice these breeds face, and hopes that through education, more will see the good side of pit bulls.

While yes, there are a substantial number of attacks made by them, it is because of their popularity, their strength and the way they are raised. Pibbles are not born killers – they are created. Banning them only takes them away from law-abiding, loving families and puts them into the hands of abusers.

See how your pit bull identification skills compare here.


Muscles also does not care for breed bans.
Muscles also does not care for breed bans.



0 thoughts on “Teen’s Pit Bull Helps Overturn Breed Ban”

  1. According to Joanna the small amount of attacks (18) is reason to ban a loving breed because of a few bad apple. By those number maybe we should ban cars 25,580 vehicle deaths in US last year by cars. Maybe we should all keep our kids home all winter too since there are about 36,000 flu deaths per year in the United States

  2. There are good dogs and bad dogs within every breed, just as there can be responsible and irresponsible owners of each breed.

    Just like there are good kids and bad teens depending on how irresponsible and disengaged parents are.

    It’s all on the care and upbringing…

  3. I agree with Anonymous comments above. Since I was attacked and bitten as a child by a Chihuahua mix; I’m still scared of them, but to say ban them no way. I felt sorry for the dog when I found out my it attacked. It had been teased and poked all day by other kids, I just happen to walk by at the wrong time. The one that should have been punished was his parents who left him tied up outside. Any dog or cat will be bad if their owners/parents are irresponsible.

    • it’s pomeranians for me – i ran a pet rescue in northern ontario for a number of years (my bff and i did). we worked primarily with BIG dogs (60lbs+) as up here, we like our dogs to be *dogs*, not silly little yapper things.

      the first dog we rescued was a malamute. at night, in the headlights of the car, his ribs and spine were clearly visible even through his coat. he weighed 90lbs! we found him a home and, once he was up to full body weight, he weighed nearly 130lbs and his head reached my ribcage.

      rotti mixes.
      husky mixes.
      all kinds of pibble types, including a rather monstrous italian mastiff.

      and the ONLY dog that sent me to emerg with multiple bite wounds was a pomeranian! it was like being attacked by the tasmanian devil! he went up one side of me and down the other – i went to the hospital bec i had six deep bite wounds on feet, ankles, shins, hands, and forearm. they found a dozen more i didn’t even know i had on the backs of my thighs and even on my buttocks.

      “oh, but those bites weren’t fatal”

      let me assure ppl thinking that: if you have a dog bite of ANY size that goes deep enough, even if it’s “just a nip”, you will die of blood poisoning.

      • btw: that wasn’t even a rescue dog – it was a dog i was being paid to care for while the owners were away on vacation.


Leave a Comment