Nevada bans dog breed discrimination


Rottweiler, Pit Bull and German Shepherd owners in Nevada can breath a sigh of relief as Assembly Bill 110 has passed. This bill prohibits local governments from enacting or enforcing regulations that consider a dog dangerous based solely on their breed. The law will go into effect on October 1, 2013.

The Nevada law allows local governments to continue passing laws that target dangerous or vicious dogs so long as the laws are free from dog breed bias.

I, like many others, fully support laws that protect people from vicious dogs and reduce the number of dog attacks. But, dog breed discrimination is not the best alternative.

A great big thank you to both the Best Friends Animal Society and Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, who worked together to make the bill successful.

“Our fundamental goal is to achieve safe and humane communities. We want our communities to be protected against dangerous dogs – and we want abused dogs to be protected from irresponsible owners,” VanKavage said. “Because everyone benefits from a safe society – both people and pets.”


June 17, 2013