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Anna Baumgras Detailed Discussion of Local Breed-Specific Legislation This article will provide an overview of BSL ordinances by discussing 1) common breed definitions, 2) patterns in the regulations, and 3) common exceptions to the regulations. The article will also discuss the constitutionality of these ordinances, focusing on how they meet due process requirements.
Lane Azevedo Clayton Sao Paulo State Law n. 12.916, concerning stray dogs and cats Introduction in English to 2008 stray dog ordinance of Sao Paulo
Cynthia Hodges, J.D., LL.M., M.A. Quick Summary of Ordinances for Pet Number Restrictions Some cities and towns have attempted to address pet nuisance issues by limiting the number of pets a person can own. These laws are sometimes challenged by pet owners because the laws impact pet owners’ property rights. However, courts usually uphold the laws if they are rationally related to protecting the public health, safety, and welfare.
Karen L. Koch Animal Cruelty Laws in Arkansas in the Wake of Act 33 (S.B. 77): An Overview of the New State Animal Cruelty Legislation and Its Possible Effect on City Animal Cruelty Ordinances This article provides an overview of the new state legislation, presents a cross-section of city animal cruelty ordinance language and penalties available in one easily accessible place, and identifies some questions about the effects the new state legislation may have on city animal cruelty ordinances.
Jacqueline M. Logan Quick Summary of Emerging Issues in Municipal Ordinances This summary covers the historic purpose of animal control in municipalities and how this has changed as the view of animals has evolved. The reasons behind state versus local control are explored as well as the issues typically covered by local laws.
Jacqueline M. Logan Overview of Emerging Issues in Municipal Ordinances This overview discusses emerging areas of animal control for local governments. Mandatory spay and neutering, feral cat management, declawing, retail sales of pets, breeding licenses, and tethering laws are analyzed, including the strengths and weaknesses of each ordinance.
Jacqueline M. Logan Detailed Discussion of Emerging Issues in Municipal Ordinances This paper will discuss those emerging areas that have recently cropped up in many municipalities throughout the United States and how municipalities have addressed these areas through passing of ordinances. Mandatory spay and neutering, feral cat management, declawing, retail sales of pets, breeding licenses, and tethering laws will be discussed, including the strengths and weaknesses of each ordinance. Additionally, suggestions for municipalities for how to construct their own ordinances in each of these areas are included.
Charlotte Walden Overview of Municipal Ordinances This overview first describes how to navigate the municipal ordinance section of the ALHC website. The process of municipal ordinance creation is outlined as well as what animal-related topics are typically covered in local codes.
Rebecca F. Wisch How to Search for Your Municipality's Animal-Related Ordinances This document briefly explains how one may search for electronic versions of his or her municipality's animal control ordinances over the Interent.
Rebecca F. Wisch Overview of Local and State Dog Laws This summary examines the nature and authority of state and local dog laws. It also describes the general subjects included in dog laws, such as loose dogs and impoundment procedures. The concept of preemption of local laws is also defined.
Rebecca F. Wisch Ordinances for Pet Number Restrictions This legal discussion overviews the typical elements in municipal ordinances that restrict the number of pets a person can own. It analyzes the relevant cases and provides examples ordinances that limit the number of dogs a person can own. Both nuisance regulations and zoning regulations are discussed, as well as the broad police powers municipalities enjoy.

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