There is ample evidence that Pit Bull bans and other breed-specific legislation do not increase public safety, and cause tremendous harm to those who are affected.
On top of that, research shows that it’s just about impossible even to identify a Pit Bull — meaning a dog who is one of the types of terrier ordinarily thought of as belonging to that classification — merely by visual identification, without genetic testing. (And, in fact, the city had allowed Dan to register Diggy as an American Bulldog, prior to deciding that he was banned.)
Just to make things more confusing: most dogs called Pit Bulls are really just blocky-headed mutts, and we don’t know what their genetic makeup is, or if they “substantially conform” to the breed standards for the types of terriers listed above. In ordinary use, the term Pit Bull is really just a physical description, rather than indicating that a dog belongs to a particular breed — Waterford Township’s breed ban is more specific in its definition of what dogs are Pit Bulls.
We know; it seems arbitrary that Diggy could be called a Pit Bull, meaning a mixed breed dog who resembles a Pit, and at the same time it’s impossible to say if he is a Pit Bull under Waterford Township’s definition without genetic testing—one more reason that Pit Bull bans make no sense.
The only thing we know about Diggy from looking at him, is that he loves his family—and it would be wrong and cruel to take him away.
Detroit Dog Rescue is contesting the city’s determination, according to CBS, and Dan is asking supporters to sign an online petition, asking for Watership Township to repeal its breed ban.
We are hopeful they will be successful. Original story