HB956 would regulate “aggressive breeds” in North Carolina

A bill has been introduced in the North Carolina House that would “regulate the ownership of aggressive dog breeds.”

House Bill 956 defines as an “aggressive dog breed” any of the following:

*Pit Bull (including the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, and American Pit Bull Terrier);
*Rottweiler;
*Mastiff;
*Chow;
*Perro de Presa Canario;
*Wolf hybrids; and
any mixed breed dogs that are “predominantly of those breeds.”

Under the proposed bill, owners of dogs deemed to be an “aggressive breed” would have to undergo a criminal background check, apply and pay for a special state permit, notify the property insurer, and take a four-hour education course before adopting, buying, or “otherwise taking possession of” one of the dogs.

HB956 has not been assigned to a committee yet.  As such, NORTH CAROLINA RESIDENTS, please reach out to the legislators in your district and ask them to OPPOSE HB956. Let them know that breed discriminatory ordinances promote a false sense of security in communities and actually put their constituents at risk to the truly dangerous dogs not designated as such because they don’t meet the physical characteristics established by breed discriminatory laws. A dog’s appearance or breed has no bearing on the risk or danger that any dog poses to a community, and strongly enforced breed-neutral dangerous dog laws that target irresponsible and reckless dog owners benefit the entire community – people and animals alike.

Please also write to the bill’s sponsors, and politely and respectfully ask that they withdraw their bill:

Rep. Rodney Moore
(Rodney.Moore@ncleg.net)
and
Rep. Larry Pittman
(Larry.Pittman@ncleg.net).

North Carolina residents can find the representatives for their districts here.

Once HB956 is assigned to a committee, we will provide the contact information for the committee members so you can reach out to them, as well.

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9 responses to “HB956 would regulate “aggressive breeds” in North Carolina

  1. ITS NOT THE BREEDS THAT ARE THE PROBLEM. ITS THE IGNORANT PEOPLE WHO BREED THEM TO BE AGGRESSIVE, TEACH THEM, TREAT THEM AGGRESSIVELY SO THEY’LL RESPOND THAT WAY, BEAT THEM DOWN, USE THEM IN DOG FIGHTS, (MY DOGS TOUGHER THAN YOURS). THESE AREN’T VERY INTELLIGENT PEOPLE WHEN ALL THEY HAVE TO DO WITH THEIR TIME IS NEGLECT AND OR ABUSE ANIMALS, SUCH AS THE BREEDS U HAVE LISTED. THE DOGS ARE BORN INNOCENT, SWEET, AND FULL OF UNCONDITIIONAL LOVE. IF U TREAT IT LIKE U DONT CARE ABOUT IT AND ARE MEAN TO HIM, SHOW HIM NO LOVE, HOW WOULD U FEEL AFTER BEING TREATED THAT WAY, PRETTY DARN ANGRY I’M GUESSING. BLAME THE PEOPLE, NOT THE BREED. SINCERELY, KAREN R RECORD

  2. I’m so disgusted with BSL…IT MAKES ME SICK!!! I have been a volunteer for quite awhile with the LA COUNTY ANIMAL SHELTER along with other Rescue groups in California and I have worked with many different breeds alogn the way. I will say with my experience the smaller mixed breeds and pure breeds we have been attacked and bit and the large breeds and the ones BSL is so against few has happened. As a dog owner I have two Chocolate Labs and 1 American Stafforshire Bull Terrier and 1 American Bull Terrier which are all loving dogs. The two Terriers I fostered from the shelter and then aopted them in my family and have no regrets. Everyone who meets them just loves them and it makes me sick how hard we have to work to protect them from BSL and also fight for the ones dumped in the shelters to this day! DO THE DEED…DONT JUDGE THE BREED…EDUCATE DONT DISCRIMINATE!

  3. I think you should pass a law against the two legged ones..

  4. You have to be kidding me. I have seen a Lab attack. They gonna ban them as well? A four hour course? What if I already own one and want another one? Do I have to take the class each time? Although there are certain breeds which have the potential to be more aggressive than others, I find that the small dogs (weiner dogs, shitzu, schnauzer) which are more aggressive than the bigger dogs. It really is how they are raised which makes any dog more aggressive or not. Hey Legislatures…..STAY OUT OF OUR PRIVATE LIVES!!!!

  5. People need to understand any dog can be aggresive it is the owner of these breeds who make them that way.we have a pit and she is the most loving,gentel dog.She is loved not made to be mean and she is not.It is how they are raised!!!!!!!

  6. We have the sweetest, most loving Pit Bulls, killed at our shelter everyday, just because they are Pit Bulls. They are not even allowed to be adopted in our county. It breaks my heart.

  7. Then why not include cocker spaniels as they have the record of the most attacks on humans?!??!!?

  8. Isn’t the Tarheel state supportive of removing any form of discrimination including BSL? Flood them with letters and emails and let’s bring justice and equality for all the dogs.

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