The city of Pawtucket, Rhode Island had a 10-year old ordinance banning the ownership of pit bulls until earlier this week. A judge ruled that a 2013 state law banning breed-specific legislation meant that the city’s law was now illegal.
This is a win for the fight against breed specific laws and restrictions.
Pit bull owners in Pawtucket celebrated on Sunday with a parade. There was also a free dog training class offered afterwards. A local group, Pit Bulls for PTSD, also participated in the parade. The group trains pit bulls to become service dogs for autistic children and veterans suffering from PTSD.
Please remember: punish the deed and not the breed!
Kathleen Crisley, specialist in dog massage, rehabilitation and nutrition/food therapy, Canine Catering Ltd, Christchurch, New Zealand