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Dartmouth veers from pit bull crackdown

By Brian Boyd
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July 12, 2011 12:00 AM

DARTMOUTH - The town's health director and animal control officer told the Select Board that a bylaw targeting pit bulls could be impractical.

The board did not take any action at its Monday meeting. Instead, it will wait for the officials to recommend alternative ways for dealing with dangerous dogs, such as adopting a leash law.

Officials had weighed the possibility of a breed-specific law after a pit bull attacked and injured its owner in April.

"The most important thing is responsible dog owners," said Wendy Henderson, director of public health.

Henderson, who addressed the Select Board along with Animal Control Officer Sandy Gosselin, said various breeds were responsible for reported bites in the town over the past 2½ years. She said pit bulls and Labrador retrievers were tied, each accounting for 9.7 percent of reported bites, while Huskies followed with 8.8 percent and German shepherds with 7.9 percent.

Select Board Chairman Mike Watson noted there were far more Labrador retrievers than pit bulls in town, so pit bulls represented a relatively higher risk.

Gosselin questioned the town's ability to identify whether mixed-breed dogs had some pit bull heritage. Owners downplay any pit bull connection because of the stigma, she said.

"I take my cue from both of you," said Select Board member Lara Stone, who had earlier recommended that the board discuss whether a breed-specific bylaw was needed.

Stone asked town officials to look into other ways of strengthening the dog control bylaws that might be put before Town Meeting.

Henderson said afterward a breed-specific bylaw, such as charging more for licenses, would place an unfair burden on owners whose dogs have not been a problem.

"It's not going to make anyone much safer on the street," she said.

Gosselin said such a bylaw would encourage people to hide their dogs from the town.

Dartmouth veers from pit bull crackdown | SouthCoastToday.com
 

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Dartmouth veers from pit bull crackdown

By Brian Boyd
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July 12, 2011 12:00 AM

Henderson, who addressed the Select Board along with Animal Control Officer Sandy Gosselin, said various breeds were responsible for reported bites in the town over the past 2½ years. She said pit bulls and Labrador retrievers were tied, each accounting for 9.7 percent of reported bites, while Huskies followed with 8.8 percent and German shepherds with 7.9 percent.

Dartmouth veers from pit bull crackdown | SouthCoastToday.com
WOW!! Labs huh?? Who would have thought that the lovable friendly lab would be tied with a pit bull for biting........*sarcasm* Let the truth be told about those labs and now I am starting to see highly aggressive Labradoodles to! Such a shame any dog has to bite a human but we all know what breed wins for media attention.
 

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WOW!! Labs huh?? Who would have thought that the lovable friendly lab would be tied with a pit bull for biting........*sarcasm* Let the truth be told about those labs and now I am starting to see highly aggressive Labradoodles to! Such a shame any dog has to bite a human but we all know what breed wins for media attention.
I completely agree. I have to explain this to people all the time as soon as they find out I have a "killer pit."
 

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lol yes Shanon is sad people cannot see these dogs, any breed for what it is, ;)

DK - your "killer pit" is freakin adorable and if I saw her I would give her tons of love :D
 
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