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Pine Bluff, Arkansas passed a breed specific ordinance that went into effect on June 16, 2006. The ordinance requires all pit bull owners to obtain $100,000 insurance policies, as well as register their dogs with the city, have them spayed/neutered and marked with a tatoo ID. No one under the age of 21 can handle a pit bull in public. Pit bulls cannot be chained in back yards. Owners can be fined for violating the ordinance and their dogs euthanized. Approximately 100 pit bills have been euthanized since the ordinance took effect, and additional pit bulls have been banished from the city. (This information is from a July 2006 article regarding the Pine Bluff ordinance) ~ Jodi

TRAINING AREA FOR PIT BULLS FOUND

By Ray King/OF THE COMMERCIAL STAFF
Friday, June 15, 2007 10:00 AM CDT

Concealed in a wooded area off a dead end street on the east side of Pine Bluff, police and animal control officers discovered what appeared to be a fully operational training ground for pit bulldogs Thursday morning. Director of Animal Control DeLoyd Cleveland said the find, in the woods beside 4201 Texas St., was made almost by accident.

"We were in the area of looking for a stray dog and when we pulled into the driveway of the house to turn around, we saw a pit bulldog come out of the woods," he said. "We followed the dog into the woods and when we got a little way in, we could hear all that barking and saw the dogs staked out in the woods."

After obtaining a search warrant, animal control officers and police returned to the area Thursday to seize the dogs, who were being kept in violation of a city ordinance that regulates pit bulldogs, as well as another ordinance that limits the number of animals that can be kept in the city limits.

One of the officers who helped serve a search warrant said the training grounds contained a dog treadmill, weights, scales, and individual makeshift dog houses for each of the animals.

"I believe they were breeding the dogs for profit," Cleveland said, explaining that a pit bull puppy would bring about $500, while one between six months and a year old could be worth as much as $2,500.
Nineteen adult dogs and five puppies, some bearing scars and marks from being involved in fights, were seized by animal control officers, who needed all their vehicles to haul the animals to the shelter at Martin Luther King Jr. Park.

"You could tell from the scars on some of the dogs that they had fought before and were kept staked out away from the other dogs" Cleveland said, adding that animal cruelty charges could also be filed against the owners, who were not identified since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

In 2006, Pine Bluff adopted an ordinance that regulates pit bulldogs in the city limits, requiring among other things, that the dogs be registered with animal control, have a valid city license and shot records, and must be kept confined.

Assistant City Attorney Joe Childers said the ordinance also requires that the owners post a sign warning of a "dangerous dog on the premises," as well as a $100,000 liability insurance policy for each animal.

Violation of that ordinance could result in a fine of $1,000 and up to one year in the county jail for each animal.

In addition, Cleveland said only four dogs or cats are permitted to be kept on any premises at any one time, meaning that the total number of charges against the owners could be significantly higher than the number of dogs seized.

"Under the law, the owner of the dogs can reclaim some of them, those that haven't been fighting, for $100 each the first time," Cleveland said. "They would also be required to move them out of the city limits."

As for as those dogs who had been involved in fights, Cleveland said a court could order that they be destroyed.

"We're still investigating to determine what we're going to do," he said.

http://www.pbcommercial.com/articles/2007/06/15/news/news1.txt

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BSL only stops the law biding people from having these great dogs the ones with ill intent will continue to obtain and fight these dogs. Lie we have stated many times before it is the people that need to be held accountable for their actions not the dog.:stick: :stick: :stick: :stick: :stick: :stick: :stick: :stick:
 

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Its already illegal for them to fight dogs, so making it illegal to own them sure isnt going to change a thing when it comes to the criminals.
 

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Its Sad That The Responsible Owners Must Pay To Insure, License, Tattoo, Register, Have To Neuter/spay Etc.. Their Dogs. While The Criminals Arent Going To Do These Thngs. They Will Continue To Abuse The Breed And The Laws.
 
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