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House Bill 956: NC Lawmakers Push For Dog Breed Restrictions

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(CBS Charlotte) — A few weeks ago, North Carolina Lawmakers introduced a bill that places restrictions on adopting certain dog breeds that are considered aggressive.

The bill, known as House Bill 956, identifies certain dog breeds as being more aggressive than other breeds. These breeds include:

Rottweilers, Mastiffs, Chow Chows, Perro de Presa Canarios, Pit Bulls and Wolf Hybrids.

While many dog owners in North Carolina are not thrilled about having restrictions placed on dog breeds, lawmakers say the goal of the bill is to reduce irresponsible dog ownership, not punish owners. Still, many local owners feel that they are being targeted and that breed discrimination will increase the likelihood of aggressive breeds becoming less adoptable and thus, being euthanized at an increased rate at animal shelters. As a result, some residents in North Carolina have started a petition on change.org. To date, the petition has over two thousand signatures.

The bill would require prospective owners of aggressive breeds to submit to criminal background checks, apply for a state license, and take an education course before adopting a dog belonging to one of the restricted breeds.

If the proposed bill becomes law, the new restrictions will take effect in January 2014.

-Nichole Jaworski, CBS Charlotte

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