Bill supports "aggressive" dog breeds

4 months 4 days 14 hours ago Wednesday, April 17 2019 Apr 17, 2019 Wednesday, April 17, 2019 7:05:00 PM CDT April 17, 2019 in News
By: Alexandria Williams, KOMU 8 Reporter

JEFFERSON CITY – A new bill up for hearing Wednesday night is fighting against the discrimination of what some consider aggressive dog breeds, usually pit bulls.

Rep. Ron Hicks, R–Dardenne Praire, is continuing his six-year battle to pass legislation not condemning dogs for their breed.

Hicks said pit bulls have always been given a bad rep in the past and continue to be thought of in a bad light.

“We need to start making laws that will be stricter on the individual, not on the animal,” Hicks said. “The animal is not to blame here.”

Hicks' bill would require that dogs not be banned or prohibited from certain areas based on only their breed.

HCS HB 297 states, “However, a village, town, city, or county can still regulate dogs within its boundaries, so long as the ordinance, order, policy, or regulation is not breed specific.”

“Nothing changes,” Hicks said. “The cities, counties, and townships can still make laws that have to deal with their leashes and animals roaming the street. And it is up to us to come up with stiffer laws, some stronger laws…Let’s just not make them breed specific.”

Michelle Casey, the associate director for Central Missouri Humane Society, said the definition of aggressive dog breeds would differ with every person asked.

“We don’t do DNA testing at our shelter, so even if an animal has the appearance of a pit bull-type dog, landlords or insurance companies that insure that landlord, may reject that dog, just based on its appearance,” Casey said.

Casey said from the greater Mid-Missouri area, the most popular type of aggressive breed or "bully" breed of dog the shelter takes in is the pit bull. It also receives German Shepherds or Rottweiler breeds.

According to the website, Dogsbite.org, a study from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states, "In the 13-year period of 2005 to 2017, canines killed 433 Americans. Pit bulls contributed to 66 percent (284) of these deaths."https://www.dogsbite.org/reports/13-years-us-dog-bite-fatalities-2005-2017-dogsbite.pdf

The founder of that site, dogsbite.org, said she published the site after she was attacked by a pit bull. 

According to a Colorado study, dog bites from larger breeds are more often reported as compared to smaller breeds. An article from DVM 360 magazine states, "Because of this, the percentage of bites from large breeds will be overestimated, and the percentages of bites from small breeds will be underestimated."

Local Columbia pit bull owner, Dion Webster, said he couldn’t see his life without his loveable dog, Stella.

“She greets me every day with a smile when I come home from work,” Webster said.

“I think there’s a lot of stereotypes that go along with pit bulls that aren’t necessarily true,” Webster said. “I know when we moved here, it was really hard for us to find somewhere… I think it’s just unfair that they get that, because every dog is different.” 

Hicks said he thinks it’s too late in the legislative session for this bill to go farther, but he plans to file it again next year.

CLARIFICATION: A previous version of this story did not clearly explain information and mistakenly attributed statistics to the dogsbite.org. website. The research originates from a Colorado study in DVM 360 Magazine.

 

 

 

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - The MU Police Department responded to a call at about 4 p.m. Wednesday to check on an... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 11:05:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
MORGAN COUNTY - A motorcycle pursuit has Morgan County deputies and Eldon Police looking for a subject. The pursuit... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 9:57:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
OSAGE BEACH - An outside education service vendor used by multiple school districts across the state announced it had a... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:51:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
Farmers in southern Boone County are working together to repair a levee that broke after floods in June. The levee... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:23:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
VIENNA - The Maries County Sheriff's Department is continuing to investigate a house fire that they say someone intentionally started... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 6:59:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA – Students at Columbia College moved into a brand new residence hall Wednesday, the first housing structure built on... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:47:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
PRAIRIE HOME - The USDA released a weekly crop progress report Monday showing an incline in crop yield, but a... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:45:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
FULTON -- The Callaway County Humane Society is hoping to see additional funds from the county in its 2020 budget.... More >>
12 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 3:42:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Governor Mike Parson issued a proclamation Wednesday ordering the state legislature to convene in a special session. ... More >>
15 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:44:00 PM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
FULTON, Mo. - Fulton Police Department said it arrested a man attempting to flee a scene involving firearms. Authorities... More >>
19 hours ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 8:05:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
School is starting back up again, but reading might not be the first thing on a child’s mind. A workshop... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, August 21 2019 Aug 21, 2019 Wednesday, August 21, 2019 12:50:00 AM CDT August 21, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - The man who allegedly killed a woman who has been missing since 2006 arrived in Boone County Tuesday... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:28:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
CAMDENTON - One person has minor burns after a fire Tuesday evening at an auto shop in Camdenton. According... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 9:07:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
COLUMBIA - Businesses who are applying for their medical marijuana licenses in Columbia are one step closer after Monday night's... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:40:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
MID-MISSOURI - Finding the perfect parking spot can be a hassle, but it can be even more difficult if you... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 6:30:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Construction crews are continuing to work on both Jefferson City public high schools in preparation for classes... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 5:45:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
VIENNA - Multiple suspects are currently being questioned after officials said someone intentionally started the house fire leading to an... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:59:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The FEMA recovery center for Cole County closed its doors Tuesday. The center helped hundreds of... More >>
1 day ago Tuesday, August 20 2019 Aug 20, 2019 Tuesday, August 20, 2019 3:51:00 PM CDT August 20, 2019 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 72°
4am 70°
5am 69°
6am 68°
7am 69°