The below list of communities with breed specific legislation comes from Rott-n-Chatter, the oldest Rottweiler/BSL site on the web. Jan Cooper maintained the list for 20 years, and I took over for her a few years ago. For the complete list that includes cities that have repealed and cities that have decided against BSL, please visit the Rott-n-Chatter website.
The following states have laws that prohibit municipalities from passing breed specific ordinances: California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Washington. You will find, however, that some cities in those states are listed below. That’s because some states have “home rule,” which means the authority of cities and counties to act in local affairs is transferred from state law to a local charter.
With this in mind, its important to remember that regardless of where you live, BSL is a concern for all dog owners, and we should take every measure to prevent it no matter how near or far.
Centerpoint, Fultondale,Gurley, Gadsden, Gardendale, Hale County, Irondale, Lannett, Midfield, Orange Beach, Rainesville
Batesville, Beebe, Caddo Valley, Dewitt, Dequeen, Gosnell, Hiawatha, Holton, Horton, Judsonia, Lake City, Little Rock, Lonoke, Maumell, Mayflower, McGehee, Monette, Mt. Home, North Little Rock, Piggot, Prescott, Russellville, Sabetha, Salem, Sherwood, Siloam Springs, Stuttgart, Truman, Ward,
Barstow, Fontana, Highland, Hollister, Lake County, Lancaster, Manteca, Naval Base Ventura County, Point Mugu, Point Hueneme, Ripon, Santa Monica, Ventura, Yucaipa
Aurora, Castle Rock, Commerce City, Denver, Fort Lupton, La Junta, Lone Tree, Louisville,
Dade County/Miami, Sunrise, Tamarac
College Park, Dawson, Rockmart, Floyd County, Terrell County
Kellog, Payette, Preston
Beach Park, Buffalo Grove, Cahokia, Cairo, Central City, Chester, Cicero, Dixon, Effingham, Elmwood, Forest, Galena, Gillespie, Greenville, Johnston City, Lincolnwood, Markham, Maryville, Mt. Olive, Mulberry Grove, Oden, Peru, Rock Falls, Salem, Sandover, Silvis, Sparta, Stone Park, Westfield, Wheeling, Wilsonville
Fowler, Gary, Lake County, Lake Station, Mishawaka, Walkerton, Williamsport, Winchester
Atkins, Alburnett, Altoona, Anamosa, Auriela, Baldwin, Belle Plaine, Benton County, Blairstown, Buffalo Center, Carter Lake, Chariton, Charter Oak, Clarence, Conrad, Council Bluffs, Coutier, Dallas Center, Dakota City, Earlham, Marble Rock, Winthrop, Des Moines, Dexter, Donellson, Dumont, Durant, Fairfax, Fairfield, Forest City, Fremont City,Garrison, Keystone, Lake Mills, Lockridge, Logan, Luzernne, Miles, Mt. Auburn, Mt. Pleasant, Malmo, Monticello, Muscatine, Newhall, Norway, Olin, Ottumwa, Oxford Junction, Ottumwa, Palo, Pocohontas, Rake, Rockwell, Scarville, Shellsburg, Sigourney, Sioux City, Thompson, Urbana, Van Horne, Vinton, Walford, Wapello, Watkins, Wilton, Winterset
Augusta, Arkansas City, Bonner Springs, Cheney, Cherokee County, Inman, Dodge City, El Dorado, Ellinwood, Fort Smith, Fredonia, Garnett, Gladstone, Hays City, Hesston, Jackson County, Junction City, Kansas City, Kingman, Leawood, Liberal, Lola, Maize, Manhatten, Marysville, Nickerson,Overland Park, Park City, Pittsburg, Preston, St. John, Salina, Seward County, Sterling, Ulyssas, Wichita, Wilson, Worthington, Wyandotte County,
Bracken County, Covington, Erlanger, Elsmere, Falmouth, Flatwoods, Franklin, Goshen, Ludlow, Mayfield, Maysville, Newport, Southgate, Walton, Webster County, Worthington
Baldwin, Baton Rouge Parish, Breaux Bridge, Delcambre, Luling, Morgan City, New Llano, Patterson, Plaquemines Parish, St. Mary Parish, Welsh,
Hagerstown, Naval Base, Prince George County, Ridgely,
In July 2012, a bill was signed into law that prohibits breed specific laws in Massachusetts. When the law went into effect in October 2012, existing breed specific ordinances were rendered void.
Allen Town, Alma, Center Line, Crystal City, Dearborne Heights, Ecorse, Evart Township, Grand Rapids, Grosse Point Parke, Grosse Point Woods, Hastings, Hazel Park, Melvindale, Muskegon, Ramsey, Saginaw, Southgate, Springfield, Sylvan Lake, Waterford, Wyndotte, Ypsilanti Twp.
Aberdeen, Carthage, City of Shelby, Cleveland, Clinton, Eupora, Greenville, Greenwood, Hinds County, Horn Lake, Indianola, Laurel, Leflore County, Macon, Morton, New Albany, Okolona, Richland, Ridgeland, Union, Verona
Airport Drive, Allen Park, Booneville, Buckner, Butler, Calverton, Camdenton, Carl Junction, Cameron, Center, Chillicothe, Clayton, Edina, Fayette, Fenton, Ferguson, Florissant, Gallatin, Grandby, Grandview, Greenwood, Gross Pointe Park, Hallsville, Hazel Park, Hazelwood, Kansas City, Kennett, Kirksville, Liberty, Macon, New Franklin, Pagerdale, Pilot Grove, Poplar Bluff, Saginaw, Salisbury , Senath, Shrewsbury, Sikeston, Springfield, Sugar Creek, Troy, Vinita Park, Webb City, Woodson Terrace
Ekalaka, Libby, White Sulphur Springs
Blair, Falls City, Friend, Omaha, Osceola, Rushville, Wauneta
Atlantic City, Clifton, Fort Dix, Highland Park, West New York
Arlington, Elephant Butte, Tijeras, Kirkland Air Force Base
Haverstraw (Village), Hemstead (Village), Larchmont, Sands Point
Bismarck, Bowman, Kenmare, Kildeer, Minot, Velva, Williston
Akron, Athens, Austintown, Barnhill, Bay Village, Bellevue, Bexley, Cambridge, Canfield, Celina, City of Sheffield Lake, E. Cleveland, Defiance, East Cleveland, East Palestine, Fairfield, Franklin County, Girard, Golf Manor, Heath, Highland Heights, Lakewood, Lancaster, Louisville, Lowell, Ludlow Falls, Mansfield, Mayfield, Mentor on the Lake, Miami County, Middlefield, Mt. Vernon, Napoleon,New Albany, Newark, North Perry, North Ridgeville, Oakwood, Oxford, Parma, Perrysburg, Powell, Reyoldsburg, Richmond Heights, Rome Twp., Shaker Heights, Silverlake, Shadyside, S. Euclid, Southpoint, Springboro, St. Marys, Tiffin, Warrensville Hts, Washington Court House, Wickliffe, Wooster, Yellow Springs
Del City, Eufaula, Quenton
Malheur County, Malin
Pawtucket, Providence, Warwick
Bamberg, Columbia, Dillon, Travelers Rest
Aberdeen, Chamberlain, Leola, Mobridge, Oacoma, Sissenton, Tea
Brownsville, Dyer, Estill Springs, Etowah, Fayetteville, Grand Junction, Greenbrier, Halls, Harriman, Henderson, Jackson, Jefferson City, Kenton, Kimball, Lewisburg, Lynnville, Manchester, Milan,Morrison, Red Boiling Springs, Ripley, Rogersville, Somerville, South Fulton, South Pittsburg, Sparta, Springfield, Wartrace, Watertown, White Pine
North Salt Lake, Smithfield, South Jordan, Springville,
Auburn, Buckly, Enunclaw, Everett, Inland, Issaquah Highland Subdivision, Kennewick, King County, Moxee, Neah Bay, Pasco, Prosser, Quincy, Royal City, Seatac, Sunnyside, Tieton, Toppenosh, Wapato , Yakima
Arpin, Dunn, East Troy Lake, Fox Lake, Hewitt, Juneau, Milwaukee, Neillsville, Oconto, Prairie du Chien, Randolph, South Milwaukee