Saturday, January 26, 2013

West Virginia Supreme Court affirms constitutionality of legislation banning pit bulls

Last August, the American Bar Association approved a resolution urging legislative bodies and governmental agencies looking to adopt "dangerous dog/reckless owner laws" to make them "breed-neutral" and to reject "breed discriminatory or breed specific provisions." This was probably in reaction to the fact that, as you probably know, a number of jurisdictions have decided to adopt laws specifically targeting pit bulls. 

One of those jurisdictions was the city of Ceredo in West Virginia and, in a memorandum decision filed January 14, the highest court in the state affirmed the constitutionality of the breed-specific ordinance that prohibited the ownership of pit bull terriers in Ceredo.  Go here for more details on this story.

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