Pit Bull Restrictions

By: James Steiner
By: James Steiner

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom met today with animal control officials in the wake of Friday's fatal dog mauling that left a 12-year-old boy dead.
On today's agenda -- out of control pit bulls and the people who keep them.
Nicholas Faibish died Friday after his family's pit bulls -- Ella and Rex -- attacked him in his home.
The mayor says he doesn't have a specific proposal in mind, but he indicated that a decision on legislative action could come within a week.
Pit bulls, in particular, have been in a fire storm of bad publicity.
Throughout the country, these dogs often bear the brunt of breed specific legislation.
In Reno, animal control officers say one of out every ten dog threat calls...turns out to be a safety threat.
They say with pit bulls...99-percent of their calls, the dogs are happy to see them.
Unfortunately, the public remembers the attacks.
In cases like that, experts say it's important never to run from the dog.
Also, if you're being attacked...to use your foot to fend off the dog.
Animal control officers say half of their bite calls happen in the home.
They say any breed can be dangerous if provoked.
Local dog handlers don't support breed specific legislation...being proposed in San Francisco.
They fear the laws could overflow into Nevada, where the state doesn't have a law on the books.
The Nevada Humane Society does have certain restrictions regarding adopting pit bulls...including NOT allowing them around children 12 years of age or under, who live at home.
There's also an age limit on who can adopt these dogs.
You have to be at least 25 or older.
Several years ago, the Humane Society wouldn't adopt out pit bulls...any brought in would have to be put down.


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