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Legislative Resources:   Breed Specific Legislation/ Dangerous Dogs


DPCA Position Statement:  The Doberman Pinscher Club of America Club supports reasonable, enforceable, non-discriminatory laws to govern the ownership of dogs. The DPCA believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs. We support laws that:

  • establish a fair process by which specific dogs are identified as dangerous based on stated, measurable actions;
  • impose appropriate penalties on irresponsible owners; and establish a well-defined method for dealing with dogs proven to be dangerous.

The DPCA does not believe in punishing any specific breed, but does believe in punishing the deed, hence we strongly oppose Breed Specific Law as unjustifiable breed profiling  The DPCA strongly opposes any legislation that determines a dog to be dangerous based on specific breeds or phenotypic classes of dogs.

Newsworthy Articles and Information:

  • Yakima, WA: Reversal of Pit Bull Ban:  Agenda Items 2013.  This is a very complete analysis of the Pit Bull ban in Yakima, WA.  It shows both sides of the argument.
  • JAVMA:  In December, 2013, The Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA) published the most comprehensive multifactorial study of dog bite-related fatalities (DBRFs) to be completed since the subject was first studied in the 1970’s.1 It is based on investigative techniques not previously employed in dog bite or DBRF studies and identified a significant co-occurrence of multiple potentially preventable factors. ---The research suggests that breed specific legislation does not protect people from dog bites and, at worst, it distracts those in decision-making positions from the factors that do make a difference.
  • The Case Against Dog Breed Discrimination by Homeowners' Insurance Companies  (2004)

Model Legislation and Legal Decisions pertaining to Breed Specific Discrimination and Dangerous Dogs

The People of the State of NY vs Diana Shanks NY State Supreme Court, April 4, 2013  “The condemnation of an individual dog in the context of a dangerous dog proceeding solely by virtue of its breed is without any legal basis. We have repeatedly held that "'there is no persuasive authority for the proposition that a court should take judicial notice of the ferocity of any particular type or breed of domestic animal'”


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