PAABSL is an alliance of animal advocates, welfare agencies, rescues and other
animal related organizations who are against breed specific legislation in the
state of Pennsylvania.
Breed Specific Legislation refers to laws and ordinances that judge dogs based
on appearance or breed, not actions, behavior or temperament. BSL is costly,
ineffective and unconstitutional. Those in favor of BSL seek to tread on your
RIGHTS to own the breed of dog of your choice.
CURRENT PENNSYLVANIA LAWS
Our current state laws protect us from BSL. The following statement can be found
on page 33 of Pennsylvania's Dog Law "Local ordinances.-- Those provisions of
local ordinances relating to dangerous dogs are hereby abrogated. A local
ordinance otherwise dealing with dogs may not prohibit or otherwise limit a
specific breed of dog."
The city of Clairton PA has passed the following ordinance which requires
owners of "Staffordshire terriers, American pit bulls, pit bulls and Rottweilers:
*Fill out an "Application for Licensing of Dangerous Domestic Animals
(accompanied with a non refundable fee of $50 per animal, per year.)
*Confine animal in a secure building or enclosure.
*Any dog outdoors must have a 6 foot fence with a roof (which also requires
approval from the "Code Enforcement Officer"
*Post warning signs on all entrances and exits to the property.
*Securely leash and muzzle dogs at all time in public.
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE ORDINANCE AND APPLICATION
It is the understanding of PAABSL that Pennsylvania state laws trump local
ordinances as stated above. We are currently looking for legal professionals to
assist us with information that supports this. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if
you can help. Thank you.