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Breed Specific Limitations: Related Ordinances

Some municipalities and counties believe that certain breeds of dogs pose a hazard to the health, safety, and welfare of their inhabitants. These localities may pass an ordinance that prohibits the possession of certain breeds within their jurisdiction. These ordinances are known as Breed-Specific Legislation (BSL). American Pit Bull Terriers, Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Staffordshire Terriers, and Bull Terriers, usually known as "pit bulls" are the most commonly banned breed. For more, see the Overview of Breed-Specific Municipal Ordinances.

Ordinance Name Citation Summary
AL - Irondale - Breed - Sec. 3-90 - Pit Bulls   IRONDALE, AL., CODE OF ORDINANCES, 3-90 (2009)   In Irondale, Alabama, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog. However, pit bull dogs registered on the date of publication may be kept within the city subject to certain requirements. These requirements include proper confinement, the use of a leash and muzzle, the posting of “Beware of Dog” signs, the taking of identification photographs, and the maintenance of liability insurance ($50,000). Failure to comply may result in the seizure of the dog, a fine up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.
 
AL - Lanett - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance - Sec. 6-8 - Regulations regarding vicious dogs   LANETT, AL., CODE OF CITY ORDINANCES, 6-8 (2005)   In Lanett, Alabama, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess any pit bull or presa canario dog. Dogs that were within the city on the effective date may be kept within the city subject to certain requirements, such as keeping the dog properly confined, using a leash and muzzle, posting a “Beware of dog” sign, the maintenance of liability insurance of $100,000, and the taking of identification photographs. A violation is a misdemeanor, and could result in a fine up to $500 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.
 
AR - Batesville - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance. Sec. 6.04.12 Vicious animals-quarantine required   BATESVILLE, AR., MUNICIPAL CODE, 6.04.12 (2010)   In Batesville, Arkansas, pit bull dogs are banned and may not be owned or kept within the City, with exceptions for dogs that were licensed prior to the effective date of the Ordinance. In this case, the owner must provide proof of sterilization, rabies vaccination, liability insurance of $100,000, and keep the dog properly confined and display a “Beware of Dog” sign.  
AR - Maumelle - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance 10-133   MAUMELLE, AR., CITY CODE 10-133 - 10-134 (2010)   In Maumelle, Arkansas, it is unlawful to own or keep a pit bull dog or an American Bulldog, with exceptions. For example, a banned breed may be brought into the city for the purpose of veterinary care, as long as the dog is secured and muzzled.
 
AR - North Little Rock - Breed - Sec. 10-46. Banning of pit bull breeds of dogs.   NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR., MUNICIPAL CODE 10-46 (2006)   In North Little Rock, Arkansas, pit bull dogs are banned, with exceptions for registered AKC show dogs and dogs that are grandfathered in, as long as the owner is 21 years old, has the dog sterilized and vaccinated for rabies, keeps it properly confined, uses a leash, and displays a "Beware of Dog" sign. Failure to comply will result in the seizure of the dog.
 
AR - Pine Bluff - Breed - Sec. 5-43. - Dangerous dog declaration/pit bull dogs restricted.   PINE BLUFF, AR., CODE OF ORDINANCES 5-26, 5-27, 5-41 - 5-43 (2011)   In Pine Bluffs, Arkansas, it is unlawful to keep any pit bull dog, with exceptions for pit bulls owned by local, state or federal agencies, used by law enforcement, or as a service animal by a handicapped or disabled person. Pit bulls must be registered, be vaccinated for rabies, be sterilized, and the owner must be at least 21 years old and keep liability insurance of $100,000. The dog must be properly confined with warning signs, and a leash and muzzle must be used.
 
AR - Sherwood - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance No. 1776   SHERWOOD, AR., CITY ORDINANCE No. 1776 (2008)   In Sherwood, Arkansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog, with the exception for those who are registered and reside in an area that is annexed into corporate city limits. However, if a pit bull is aggressive towards people or other dogs, the dog is not exempt from the ban. Registration requirements include: annual vaccinations, license, microchips, photo ID, insurance, proper confinement, 'Beware of Dog' signs, and mandatory disclosures.  Any dog found to be the subject of a violation shall be subject to immediate seizure and impoundment or may be euthanized. The owner may be fined up to $1,000 and  imprisoned for up to 30 days.
 
CO - Aurora - Chapter 14 - ANIMALS   Chapter 14. Sec. 14-1 to 14-161   The following comprises Aurora, Colorado's animal-related ordinances. In addition to the standard ordinances dealing with number restrictions, at-large animals, barking dogs, and licensing, the city has two important provisions. First, the city makes it unlawful to own, possess or keep any dog, rabbit, or cat over the age of 6 months that has not been spayed or neutered (subject to some exceptions). Second, it is unlawful for any person to have, own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the city any pit bull or restricted breed of dog. "Restricted breeds" include any American Bulldog (Old Country Bulldog), Dogo Argentino, Canary Dog (Canary Island Dog, Presa Canario, Perro De Presa Canario), Presa Mallorquin (Pero De Presa Mallorquin, Ca De Bou), Tosa Inu (Tosa Fighting Dog, Japanese Fighting Dog, Japanese Mastiff), Cane Corso (Cane Di Macellaio, Sicilian Branchiero), Fila Brasileiro or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one or more of the above breeds.  
CO - Commerce City - Breed - Chapter 4 - ANIMAL CODE. ARTICLE I. - GENERAL PROVISIONS.   COMMERCE CITY, CO., REVISED MUNICIPAL CODE 4-1000 - 4-1005 (2011)   Commerce City defines a pit bull or pit bull terrier as any dog that is an American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics that substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club (A.K.C.) or United Kennel Club (U.K.C.) for any of the above breeds. Commerce City has banned pit bulls with the exception of pit bulls who were in the city prior to November 2005.  
CO - Denver - Breed - Sec. 8-55. Pit bulls prohibited.   Sec. 8.55   This Denver, Colorado ordinance provides that it is unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell within the city any pit bull. A pit bull is defined broadly as "any dog that is an American Pit Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier, or any dog displaying the majority of physical traits of any one (1) or more of the above breeds, or any dog exhibiting those distinguishing characteristics which substantially conform to the standards established by the American Kennel Club or United Kennel Club for any of the above breeds." [emphasis added] A person who applied for and received a special pit bull license before August 7, 1989 (date of the publication of the ordinance) and who maintains the pit bull in compliance with the requirements of the ordinance may keep a pit bull.  
CO - Fort Lupton - Breed - Sec. 7-241 Pit bulls prohibited   FORT LUPTON, CO., MUNICIPAL CODE 7-241 - 7-243 (2003)   It is unlawful to own, keep, possess, maintain, harbor or transport any pit bull in or through Fort Lupton, Colorado, with certain exceptions for licensed vets and animal shelters. Dogs that have already been licensed may remain, as long as the owner is 21 years of age, shows proof of rabies vaccination and liability insurance of $100,000, keeps the dog properly confined, and posts “PIT BULL DOG" signs. Failure to comply with all of the terms shall subject the pit bull to immediate impoundment and disposal.  
FL - Miami-Dade County - Chapter 5 - ANIMALS AND FOWL.   Sec. 5-1 - 5-25   This comprises Miami-Dade County, Florida's animal-related ordinances. Among the ordinances of note include a voluntary registration program for cats, minimum standards of care for kennels and pet dealers, and requirements for the humane trapping of dogs and cats. Most importantly, the county has a controversial breed specific ban on pit bull dogs that has been in place since 1990. Veterinary offices, kennels, commercial breeders, commercial animal establishments, pet shops, and dog grooming businesses are required to post conspicuous signs that inform residents of the ban.  
IA - Council Bluffs - Breed - Chapter 4.20 - ANIMAL CONTROL (Pit Bull Ordinance)   COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA., MUNICIPAL CODE 4.20.112 (2010)   In Council Bluffs, Iowa, it is unlawful to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell any pit bull. There are exceptions for dogs already licensed if the owner meets certain requirements, such as being at least 18 years old, maintaining liability insurance of at least $100,000, the dog is sterilized and microchipped, the dog is confined and there is a "PIT BULL DOG" sign. Failure by the owner to comply shall subject the pit bull to immediate impoundment and disposal.
 
IA - Maquoketa - Breed - 4-1-7 KEEPING OF WILD ANIMALS PROHIBITED. (Pit Bull Ordinance)   MAQUOKETA, IA., MUNICIPAL CODE 4-1-7 (2006)   In Maquoketa, Iowa, it is is unlawful to keep, maintain or have in his possession or under his control any pit bull terrier dogs, mixed pit bull terriers, or any dog that has the appearance and characteristics of being a pit bull terrier.  
IA - Ottumwa - Breed - ARTICLE IV. - DANGEROUS ANIMALS (Pit Bull Ordinance)   OTTUMWA, IA., CODE OF ORDINANCES 7-61 - 7-66 (2011)   In Ottumwa, Iowa, no person shall keep, shelter, or harbor pit bull terriers, with exceptions, because they are deemed to be dangerous. A violation is a simple misdemeanor resulting in a minimum fine of $100. The prohibition does not apply to dogs participating in a dog show (if properly restrained) or being treated at a veterinary hospital.
 
IA - Sioux City - Breed - Chapter 7.10 PIT BULLS PROHIBITED   SIOUX CITY, IA., MUNICIPAL CODE, 7.10.010 - 7.10.050 (2009)   The City of Sioux City, Iowa makes it unlawful to own, transport, or sell any pit bull, with exceptions.  Pit bulls currently and continuously registered, licensed, properly confined and cared for are exempt from the ban, but a failure to maintain its status immediately removes its exemption. The poundmaster is authorized to immediately impound any pit bull that does not fall within one of the exceptions and is mandated to destroy the pit bull within ten calendar days.  
ID - Fruitland - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   FRUITLAND, ID., CITY CODE 9-2A-12 (2006)   In Fruitland, Idaho, it is unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, buy or sell a pit bull within, with exceptions for police, humane societies, and dogs registered prior to the date of enactment. Owners of such dogs must provide proof of rabies vaccination, sterilization, keep $1 million liability insurance, have a a microchip ID chip implanted in the dog, and pay an annual pit bull license fee. The dog must also be kept confined with a “Pit Bull Dog” sign posted on the premises. Dogs whose owners are not in compliance are subject to impoundment and destruction. Additionally, pit bills exempt from the ban are subsumed to be dangerous dogs.  
ID - Payette County - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   PAYETTE COUNTY, ID., COUNTY CODE 5-5-11 (2007)   It is unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, buy or sell a pit bull within Payette County, Idaho, with exceptions for police, humane societies, and dogs registered prior to the date of enactment. Owners of such dogs must provide proof of rabies vaccination, sterilization, keep $1 million liability insurance, have a a microchip ID chip implanted in the dog, and pay an annual pit bull license fee. The dog must also be kept confined with a “Pit Bull Dog” sign posted on the premises. Dogs whose owners are not in compliance are subject to impoundment and destruction. Additionally, a pit bull exempt from the ban is subsumed to be a dangerous dog.  
IN - Fowler - Breed - Sec. 4-7. - Certain vicious breeds prohibited.   FOWLER, IN., CODE OF ORDINANCES 4.7 (2010)   No person shall own, keep or harbor a Pit Bull Terrier, Rottweiler, or Chow dog in Fowler, Indiana.  
KS - Arkansas City - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   ARKANSAS CITY, KS., MUNICIPAL CODE 6.08.061 - 6.08.062 (1992)  

In Arkansas City, Kansas, it is unlawful to possess an American Staffordshire Terrier, a/k/a American Pit Bull Terrier or Pit Bull, or a Presa Canario, a/k/a Canary Dog. Under these ordinances, pit bulls are deemed to be vicious and may be euthanized by court order or by failure of an owner or harborer to pay impoundment fees. Additionally, a person may be fined up to $500.00 and/or may be jailed for up to 6 months for violating these ordinances. 

 
KS - Dodge City - Breed - 2-401 - 2-410 PIT BULL DOGS   DODGE CITY, KS., CITY CODE 2-401 - 2-410 (2004)   In Dodge City, Kansas, it is illegal to own, keep, harbor, or possess a pit bull dog, with an exception for dogs registered with the city of Dodge City, whose owners obtain a permit and comply with certain standards. Such requirements include keeping the dog confined, and if outside of a pen, the use of a leash and a special collar, microchipping, "Beware of Dog" signs, and $100,000 liability insurance, and identification photographs. Violations may result in the seizure, impoundment, and/or removal of a dog from the city. A violation may incur a fine of $2,500 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.
 
KS - El Dorado - Breed - Chapter 6.20 WILD AND DANGEROUS ANIMALS (Pit Bull Ordinance)   EL DORADO, KS., CODE OF ORDINANCES 6.04.010 - 6.04.050 (2009)   In El Dorado, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog, with an exception for dogs registered by March 1, 1988. Such dogs may remain within the city subject to the requirements, such as keeping it on a leash or confined and the use of “Beware of Dog” signs. A violation may result in a fine of up to $1,000, imprisonment up to 30 days, and/or an order to pay all costs for the dog’s care. The dog may also be ordered removed from the city or impounded.
 
KS - Hesston - Breed - 2-125 PROHIBITION ON OWNERSHIP, KEEPING, OF CERTAIN DOG BREEDS.   HESSTON, KS., CITY CODE 2-125, 2-126 (2007)   In Hesston, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess a Staffordshire bull terrier, an  American pit bull terrier, or a Rottweiler. Dogs that were registered with the city on the date of publication of this ordinance may be kept within the city limits subject to certain requirements, such as using a leash and muzzle outside, confining the dog in certain ways, posting “Beware of Dog” signs, maintaining liability insurance of $50,000, and taking identification photographs. A violation may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.
 
KS - Leawood - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance 2-101, 2-109 - 2-110   LEAWOOD, KS., CITY CODE 2-101, 2-109 - 2-110 (2000)   In Leawood, Kansas, it is unlawful to own, keep or harbor any dangerous animal (including pit bulls), with exceptions made for holders of a special permit. Entities such as zoos, circuses, veterinary hospitals, etc, may obtain a permit for display or exhibition purposes, but no person may keep any dangerous animal as a pet. Any dangerous animal not in compliance may be seized and impounded, or even killed. The owner will be responsible for any expenses incurred, in addition to any fine that might be imposed for violating the ordinance.  
KS - Maize - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   MAIZE, KS., CITY CODE, 2-401 - 2-420 (2003)   In Maize, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog unless the dog was registered on the date of publication of this article. A registered dog is subject to requirements, such as the uses of a leash and muzzle if not confined and “Beware of Dog” signs. Dogs that are a subject of a violation may be seized, impounded, and even killed, if necessary. A violation may result in a $200 to $500 fine and/or imprisonment for up to 30 days, as well as removal of the dog from the city.  
KS - Overland Park - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance 6.10.010 - 6.10.190   OVERLAND PARK, KS., MUNICIPAL CODE 6.10.010 - 6.10.190 (2006)   In Overland Park, Kansas, no person shall own, keep, or harbor any pit bull dog or wolf-hybrid (Tundra Shepherd), with exceptions, such as for education, study, veterinary care, display or sale. Dogs registered prior to the effective date of this Ordinance may be kept as long as the dog is properly confined, a leash and muzzle are used, a “Beware of Dog” sign is posted, liability insurance of $300,000 is kept, and identification photographs are taken. A violation may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment up to 30 days.
 
KS - Pittsburgh - Breed - DIVISION 2. - PIT BULLS.   PITTSBURGH, KS., CITY CODE 10-101 - 10-108 (2011)   In Pittsburgh, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess a pit bull dog, except that dogs located within the City on the effective date may be kept upon strict compliance with the requirements. These requirements include proper registration, the use of a leash and muzzle unless confined, "Beware of Dog" sign, liability insurance of $50,000, and identification photographs.  Any dog found to be in violation shall be seized and impounded. A violation may result in the removal of the dog, including payments for the dog’s care.
 
KS - Prairie Village - Breed - 2-105 PIT BULL DOG KEEPING PROHIBITED   PRAIRIE VILLAGE, KS., CITY CODE 2-105 (2005)   In Prairie Village, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess any pit bull dog. This includes any Staffordshire pit bull terrier,  American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire bull terrier, or any dog having the appearance and characteristics of being one of these breeds.  
KS - Roeland Park - Breed - 2-211 KEEPING PIT BULL DOGS PROHIBITED   ROELAND PARK, KS., CITY ORDINANCE 2-211 (2007)   Roeland Park, Kansas, prohibits keeping, harboring, or owning a pit bull dog, including Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, or any dog that has the appearance and characteristics of being one of those breeds. Pit bulls that were in the city prior to 1988 are exempted, provided that the owner complies with certain requirements. Failure to comply may result in seizure and impoundment of a dog, fines between $200 and $500, and imprisonment for up to 30 days.  
KS - Salina - Breed - DIVISION 1. PIT BULL DOGS   SALINA, KS., CITY CODE 7-141 - 7-149 (2010)   No resident shall own, keep, harbor, or possess a pit bull dog within the city limits of Salina, Kansas. Exceptions are made for pit bulls registered on the effective date of this ordinance as long as the owners comply with the requirements. The requirements include keeping the dog on a leash if not confined, microchipping, “Beware of Dog” signs, a color collar, liability insurance of $100,000, and identification photographs. Violations may result in seizure of the dog(s), a fine of $2,500, and/or by imprisonment up to one year.
 
KS - Spring Hill - Breed - 2-402. PROHIBITED ANIMALS - GENERALLY (Pit Bull Ordinance)   SPRING HILL, KS., CITY CODE 2-401 - 2-404 (2008)   Spring Hill, Kansas, considers pit bull dogs to be inherently dangerous and makes it unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog. Any dog in violation may be immediately seized and impounded. even killed if necessary. A violation may result in a $500 - $2,000 fine and imprisonment for up to 179 days. The dog will also have to be removed from the city.
 
KS - Sterling - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   STERLING, KS., CITY CODE 1(b)   In Sterling, Kansas, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any "Rottweiler" dog or "Pit Bull" dog. Pit Bulls include the Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, the American Staffordshire terrier, or a combination of the those breeds.  
KS - Ulysses - Breed - ARTICLE 3. PIT BULL DOGS   ULYSSES, KS., CITY CODE 2-301 - 2-302   In Ulysses, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog, with exceptions.  Pit bull dogs registered with the city as of July 19, 1989 may be kept subject to certain requirements, such as use of a leash and muzzle if outside, confinement, “Beware of Dog” signs, $50,000 insurance, and identification photographs. It is prohibited to sell or give a pit bull away except in limited circumstances. All pit bull puppies born in the city must be removed within six weeks of birth. Failure to comply may result in seizure of the dog, a fine of $200 to $1,000, and imprisonment up to 30 days.
 
KY - Covington - Breed - Pit Bull Ban   COVINGTON, KY., CODE OF ORDINANCES 90.01-90.03, 90.09-90.11, 90.15 (1999)   In Covington, Kentucky, it is not permitted to keep vicious dogs (including pit bulls and wolf-hybrids) unless certain conditions are met, such as proper registration and confinement (with warning signs) or the use of a leash and muzzle. Owners of such dogs must submit photographs and have a microchip implanted in the dog for identification purposes, show proof of rabies vaccination, sterilization, and $100,000 liability insurance. A vicious dog found to be in violation may be seized and impounded. Police dogs, dogs participating in exhibitions and receiving veterinary treatment are excluded from the ban.  
LA - Morgan City - Breed - Sec. 18-65. Pit bulls prohibited.   MORGAN CITY, LA., CODE OF ORDINANCES 18-65 (2000)   Morgan City, Louisiana makes it unlawful to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell any pit bull, with exceptions.  For example, if the owner has a permit for a pit bull on or before July 25, 2006, who has a pit bull license, and who maintains the pit bull in compliance with the pit bull license requirements, may keep a pit bull within the city. If the owner does not comply with the requirements, the pit bull could be impounded and destroyed.  
MD - Prince George's County - Breed - 3-185.01 Pit Bull Terriers.   PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD., 3-101, 3-116.01, 3-185.01 (1997)   Prince George's County, Maryland prohibits owning or keeping a Pit Bull Terrier with exceptions. If the person owned the dog prior to November 1, 1996, then s/he may continue to keep it if s/he complies with certain conditions, such as registering it with the Administrator of Animal Control and keeping an ID tag on the dog and keeping the dog inside or on a secure leash. Show dogs are allowed into the county on a temporary basis. Dogs that have been trained for security, search and rescue, or for police or fire services are exempt.  A violation of this ordinance may result in a fine of up to $1,000 or be sentenced to up to 6 months in prison. In addition, if a Pit Bull injures or kills a person or a domestic animal without provocation, then it will be destroyed.  
MI - Alma - Breed - DIVISION 2. VICIOUS DOGS   ALMA, MI., CODE OF ORDINANCES 10-51 - 10-60 (2006)   In Alma, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess any vicious dog, with exceptions. "Vicious dog" is defined as any dog with a propensity to attack, injure, or otherwise endanger the safety of people or domestic animals. A vicious dog is also any dog that attacks or indicates that it is liable to attack a person or domestic animal. There is a rebuttable presumption that a pit bull dog is a vicious dog.  
MI - Grosee Pointe Woods - Breed - DIVISION 3. - VICIOUS DOGS AND OTHER VICIOUS ANIMALS   GROSSE POINTE WOODS, MI., MUNICIPAL CODE 6-94 - 6-95 (2008)   The municipal code of Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan, makes it unlawful for any person to own, harbor or keep any pit bull terrier. Any dog determined to be a pit bull terrier by a court shall be destroyed or removed from the city.  
MI - Melvindale - Breed - DIVISION 5. - PIT BULL TERRIERS   MELVINDALE, MI., CODE OF ORDINANCES 4-136 - 4-148 (2006)   In Melvindale, Michigan, there is a ban on owning or keeping pit bull dogs, with an exception for dogs licensed as of April 1990. Such dogs are allowed, as long as the owner complies with certain requirements, such as confinement or leash and muzzle, $100,000 liability insurance, and an ID number tattoo. A violation may result in a misdemeanor conviction punishable by a fine of up to $100 and imprisonment of up to 30 days.  
MI - Muskegon Heights - Breed - Pit Bull Ban   MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, MI., CODE OF ORDINANCES 14-1 - 14-9 (2006)   In Muskegon Heights, Michigan, it is prohibited to own, keep, or harbor any dangerous animal, including pit bull, with exceptions for exhibition, veterinary treatment, security, etc, Pit bulls must be properly confined or kept on a leash and muzzle. the owner must post a "Beware of Dog" sign and keep liability insurance of $50,000. Failure to comply is a misdemeanor.  
MI - Newaygo - Breed - Sec. 6-9. Vicious dogs. (Pit Bull Ordinance)   NEWAYGO, MI., CODE OF ORDINANCES 6-9 (2008)   In Newaygo, Michigan, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess any pit bull dog or other vicious dog. Dogs registered as of the effective date of the ordinance may remain if the owner complies with  certain requirements, such as posting a "Beware of Dog" sign, taking photographs for identification purposes, and keeping the dog on a leash and using a muzzle. A violation may result in a fine or imprisonment. The dog may also be impounded, confined to the premises of the owner, removed from the city, or killed.  
MI - Waterford - Breed - ARTICLE III. PIT BULL TERRIERS AND EXOTIC ANIMALS   WATERFORD, MI., CODE OF ORDINANCES 3-76 - 3-84 (1990)   In Waterford, Michigan, it is unlawful to acquire, possess or maintain any pit bull terrier, with exceptions made for dogs participating in dog shows and for dogs registered as of the date of adoption of this ordinance (1990). However, owners of such dogs must be over 18 years old and comply with all of the conditions, such as keeping the dog on a leash, using a muzzle, and keeping liability insurance.  
MO - Cameron - Breed - Sec. 5-102. Keeping of Pit Bull dogs prohibited.   CAMERON, MO., CODE 5-102 (2010)   In Cameron, Missouri, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any Pit Bull dog. An exception is made for dogs registered as of the date of the ordinance’s effective date, as long as certain requirements are met, such as keeping the dog properly confined or on a leash with a muzzle. The owner must also post a "Beware of Dog--Pit Bull" sign, keep liability insurance, and take photographs for identification purposes. Failure to do so may result in the impoundment and removal of the dog.  
MO - Carthage - Breed - Sec. 4-5.1. Pit bulldogs prohibited.   CARTHAGE, MO., CODE 4-5.1. (1993)   In Carthage, Missouri, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bulldog. An exception is made for pit bulldogs registered as of the effective day, as long as the dog is properly confined or kept on a leash and wearing a muzzle. The owner must also take photographs of the dog for identification purposes. Any person violating the provisions may be fined up to $500. The dog may also be removed from the city.  
MO - Clayton - Breed - ARTICLE III. DANGEROUS ANIMALS   CLAYTON, MO. MUNICIPAL CODE 210.340, 210.350 (2004)   In Clayton, Missouri, there is a rebuttable presumption that pit bull terriers are dangerous animals that may only be kept in strict compliance with the provisions of the ordinance. Such requirements include proper registration and reporting. The dogs must wear a bright orange collar and be properly confined or be on a leash and wear a muzzle. The owner must post warning signs, keep liability insurance, and take photographs for identification purposes. Failure to comply may result in the dog’s seizure and impoundment.  
MO - Ferguson - Breed - Sec. 6-21. Regulation of pit bull dogs.   FERGUSON, MO., CODE OF ORDINANCES 6-21 (2010)   In Ferguson, Missouri, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess any pit bull, with exceptions for dogs in the city on the effective date of the ordinance. Such dogs must be registered and properly confined, or else kept on a leash and a muzzle. Owners must post "Beware of Dog--Pit Bull" signs, keep liability insurance, and photographs for identification purposes. Violations may result in fines and imprisonment, as well as the seizure and impoundment of the dog.  
MO - Florissant - Breed - SECTION 205.395: REGULATION OF PIT BULL DOGS   FLORISSANT, MO. MUNICIPAL CODE 205.395 (2010)   In Florissant, Missouri, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess any pit bull, except pit bulls licensed on the effective date are allowed. Such dogs are subject to certain requirements, such as owners taking identifying photographs, keeping the dog properly confined and/or secured, posting a "Beware of Dog--Pit Bull" sign, keeping $100,000 liability insurance, and sterilizing the dog. A violation may result in seizure and impoundment of the dog.  
MO - Independence - Breed - Sec. 3.03.006. Keeping of Pit Bulls Prohibited   INDEPENDENCE, MO. MUNICIPAL CODE 3.03.006 (2006)   The municipal code of Independence, Missouri makes it unlawful to own, possess, transport, or sell any pit bull with exceptions. However, the pit bull ban does not apply to registered show dogs that meet certain requirements or dogs whose owners have received a pit bull license on or before the date the ordinance was enacted. Requirements for ownership include an owner who is at least 18 years old, sterilization of the dog, and liability insurance of at least $300,000. Violations may result in a fine of $500, 60 days in jail, and immediate sterilization of the dog, impoundment, and disposal.  
MO - Liberty - Breed - Sec. 4-24. - Keeping of pit bull dogs prohibited.   LIBERTY, MO., CITY CODE 4-24 - 4-25 (2010)   In Liberty, Missouri, it is be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog, with exceptions for pit bull dogs already residing in the city. Such dogs may remain as long as the owner complies with certain requirements, such as proper registration, proper confinement, the use of a leash and muzzle, the posting of "Beware of Dog-Pit Bull," keeping $50,000 liability insurance, and taking identification photographs. Any dog found to be the subject of a violation may be subject to seizure and impoundment.  
MO - Springfield - Breed - Prohibition of pit bull dogs.   SPRINGFIELD, MO., CODE OF ORDINANCES 18-95 - 18-98 (2011)   In Springfield, Missouri, it is unlawful to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell any pit bull, with exceptions made for animal shelters, dog shows, dog groomers, and registered dogs. The owner must sterilize the dog, keep it properly confined, and post “Pit Bull Dog” signs. Failure to comply could result in impoundment and destruction of the dog.  
NC - Edenton - Breed - Vicious Dogs   EDENTON, N.C., CODE OF ORDINANCES 4-28 (2004)   In Edenton, North Carolina, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any potentially vicious dog, which includes pit bulls, Rottweilers, and Chows. There are exceptions for dogs registered on the effective date, provided that the owner uses a leash and muzzle on the dog, keeps it properly confined, posts “Beware of Dog” signs,  takes identification photographs, sterilizes the dog, and complies with reporting requirements. Failure to comply may result in seizure and impoundment of the dog.  
ND - Minot - Breed - Sec. 7-34. - Regulation of pit bull dogs.   MINOT, N.D., MUNICIPAL CODE 7-34   The municipal code of Minot, North Dakota makes it unlawful to harbor, own or keep a pit bull dog.  If an animal control officer cites the owner, the owner must remove the dog from the city within 24 hours. If the dog is not removed, the police department will seize and impound the dog until a final court decision is made. If the dog is determined to be a pit bull, it shall be destroyed, unless the owner can prove that the dog will be permanently removed from the city.  
NY - Larchmont - Breed - Article IV. Pit Bull. Terriers.   LARCHMONT, NY., CODE OF THE VILLAGE OF LARCHMONT 97-19 - 97-26 (1998)   In Larchmont, New York, no person may sell, purchase, possess, rent, lease or harbor a pit bull terrier with exceptions for registered dogs. Registration requirements include proof of $500,000 liability insurance, properly confining or securing the dog, and posting notice signs. Failure to comply could result in imprisonment of up to six month and/or a fine of up to $1,000.  
OH - Cincinnati - Breed - 701-6. - Possession of a Dangerous or Vicious Dog Prohibited.   CINCINNATI, OH., MUNICIPAL CODE 701-6 - 701-10 (1999)   The municipal code of Cincinnati, Ohio makes it illegal to own, possess, breed, sell or transfer ownership of a pit bull terrier. The pit bull ban applies to dogs that were not registered prior to November 1, 2003. The exempted dogs are permitted to remain within the city as long as the owner stays in compliance with the laws. The statutes also require that dangerous dogs be micro-chipped and owners are required to maintain liability insurance of at least $100,000 in case someone is injured or killed by a vicious dog.  
OH - Greenhills - Breed - 505.021 PIT BULL DOGS   GREENHILLS, OH., ORDINANCES 505.021 (2011)   No person may own, keep or harbor a pit bull dog in Greenhills, Ohio. A violation is a misdemeanor of the third degree. The dog may be destroyed or permanently removed from the Village. If convicted, the defendant will have to pay all expenses for the dog’s care, destruction, or removal.  
OH - Lakewood - Breed - 506.03 PIT BULL DOGS OR CANARY DOGS   LAKEWOOD, OH., ORDINANCES 506.03 (2008)   No person may keep, harbor or own pit bull dogs or canary dogs in Lakewood, Ohio, with exceptions for dogs in the city on the effective date. A dog may be allowed to stay provided it has a microchip for identification, has been sterilized, the owner has liability insurance of $100,000, and the dog is properly confined or secured. Failure to comply could result in the removal or impoundment of the dog. The owner may also be charged with a misdemeanor.  
OH - Parma - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   PARMA, OH., CODE OF ORDINANCES 618.09 (2006)   In Parma, Ohio, it is prohibited to own, harbor, or keep a pit bull. Licensed pet shops, menageries, zoological gardens and circuses are exempt if the location conforms to the provisions of the City Zoning Code, all animals and animal quarters are kept in a clean and sanitary condition, animals are maintained in quarters so constructed as to prevent their escape, and no person resides within 50 feet of the quarters in which the animals are kept. However, pit bulls may not be brought into City limits.  
OH - Reynoldsburg - Breed - 505.35 Control and harboring of vicious or dangerous dogs and other vicious or dangerous animals.   REYNOLDSBURG, OH., CODE OF ORDINANCES 505.01, 505.35 (1996)   In Reynoldsburg, Ohio, no person shall own, keep, or harbor any vicious dog, which includes any pit bull dog. A violation is a misdemeanor of the second degree, and the vicious dog shall be seized, impounded, and humanely destroyed.  
OH - Warrensville Heights - Breed - 505.20 Pit Bull Terriers.   WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH., CODIFIED ORDINANCES 505.20 (1987)   In Warrensville Heights, Ohio, no person may own, keep or harbor a pit bull terrier, defined as a Staffordshire Bull Terrier, an American Staffordshire Terrier, or any mixture. No exceptions are made,  
OH - Wooster - Breed - 505.14 Dangerous and vicious animals.   WOOSTER, OH., CODIFIED ORDINANCES 505.14 (2000)   In Wooster, Ohio, no person may possess, harbor or keep a vicious animal, which includes any Pit Bull dog. A violation is a misdemeanor of the first degree. The dog or other vicious animal may be removed from the City or be humanely destroyed.  
OH - Youngstown - Breed - 505.191 Prohibition of Pit Bull Terriers.   YOUNGSTOWN, OH., CODIFIED ORDINANCES 505.191 (2007)   In Youngstown, Ohio, no person may own, keep, harbor or possess a Pit Bull Terrier, with an exception for dogs previously registered. However, such dogs must be kept in compliance with mandatory requirements, such as being properly confined or kept on a leash with a muzzle. The owner must also post a "Beware of Dog” sign and keep liability insurance. A violation is a misdemeanor and may result in the dog being impounded and humanely destroyed.  
RI - Central Falls - Breed - Sec. 8-162. - Pit bulls unlawful.   CENTRAL FALLS, R.I., REVISED ORDINANCES 8-162 (2003)   In Central Fall, Rhode Island, it is unlawful for any person to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell any pit bull dog, with exceptions for dogs already registered and licensed, for animal shelters, and participants in dog shows. The owner of a pit bull must be at least 21 years old, must carry liability insurance of at least $100,000, prove the dog was spayed or neutered, and post a "PIT BULL DOG" sign. Violation of this ordinance may result in a fine of $250 (first offense) to $1,000 (third offense) and imprisonment up to 30 days. The dog may also be impounded and destroyed.  
RI - Pawtucket - Breed - 116-37. Registration of Rottweilers required; 116-37.1 Pit bulls prohibited   PAWTUCKET, R.I., CODIFIED ORDINANCES 116-37; 116-37.1 (2003)   In Pawtucket, Rhode Island, it is unlawful to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport, or sell any pit bull dog. Exceptions are made for animal shelters, dog shows, and dogs that have been previously registered and licensed. In the last case, the owner must be at least 21 years of age, keep liability insurance of at least $100,000, have the dog sterilized, keep the dog properly confined, and post a "PIT BULL DOG" sign. A violation may result in a fine ($500 - $1,000) and/or imprisonment up to 30 days. The dog may also be impounded and/or destroyed.  
SD - Marion - Breed - 9.0312 Vicious or Diseased Animals.   MARION, S.D., CITY ORDINANCES 9.0312 (2002)   In Marion, South Dakota, it is unlawful to keep, maintain or have in their possession or under their control any vicious animal, which includes Pit Bulls, Doberman Pincers, and Rottweilers.  Police are authorized to impound any vicious dog or kill it without impounding it. A violation is a misdemeanor.  
TN - Dyer - Breed - Ordinance 2007-157 (An Ordinance To Regulate The Keeping of Pit Bulls and Other Vicious Dogs)   DYER, TN., MUNICIPAL CODE 2007-157 (2007)   In Dyer, Tennessee, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess a pit bull dog, with exceptions for dogs registered as of the date this ordinance was adopted. The owners of such dogs must comply with certain requirements, such as physical restraint or proper confinement of the dog, use of a muzzle on the dog, the posting of a “Beware of Dog” sign, the keeping of $100,000) liability insurance, and the taking of photographs for identification purposes. Dogs not kept according to the requirements may be impounded.  
TN - Selmer - Breed - Chapter 3. Pit Bulls.   SELMER, TN., MUNICIPAL CODE 10-301 to 306 (2008)   In Selmer, Tennessee, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, exercise control over, maintain, transport, sell, or possess a pit bull dog. Any person owning such dogs at the time this chapter was adopted had 90 days to comply. The police may seize and impound any pit bull dog within the corporate limits of Selmer. A violation may result in a fine of $50.  
UT - South Jordan - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   JORDAN, UT., MUNICIPAL CODE 6.12.100 (1997)   In South Jordan, Utah, it is unlawful to own, possess, keep, exercise control over, maintain, harbor, transport or sell any "pit bull terrier." There is an exception for dogs licensed prior to the effective date of the ordinance, but such dogs are subject to certain requirements, such as the maintenance of $50,000 insurance for bodily injury or death. Such dogs must be properly confined or securely leashed and muzzled, and be implanted with an identification microchip. Any violation of this section is a class C misdemeanor.
 
WA - Buckely - Breed - Chapter 9.10 (Pit Bull Ordinance)   BUCKELY, WA., MUNICIPAL CODE 9.10.020, 9.10.260 - 9.10.300 (2008)   In Buckely, Washington, pit bulls are defined to be “dangerous dogs." Such dogs are considered to be a public nuisance and shall be humanely destroyed or removed from the city.  
WA - Cathlamet - Breed - Chapter 6.10 
PIT BULL DOGS   CATHLAMET, WA., MUNICIPAL CODE 6.10.010 - 6.10.030 (1991)   It is unlawful to keep, or harbor, own or in any way possess a pit bull dog in Cathlamet, Washington, with exceptions for dogs licensed before the effective date of this chapter. Such dogs are subject to certain requirements, such as proper confinement, the use of a leash and muzzle, posting “Beware of Dog” signs, the use of special orange collars, photographs and tattoos for identification purposes, keeping $100,000 liability insurance, and vaccinating the dog against rabies. Any pit bull dog found to be the subject of a violation may be confiscated and even destroyed.  
WA - Enumclaw - Breed - Chapter 7.08
 PIT BULL DOGS   ENUMCLAW, WA., MUNICIPAL CODE 7.08.010 - 7.08.030 (1990)   In Enumclaw, Washington, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess a pit bull dog, with exceptions for dogs licensed before the effective date of the ordinance. Such dogs are subject to certain requirements, such as proper confinement, the use of a leash and muzzle, posting “Beware of Dog” signs, the use of special orange collars, photographs and tattoos for identification purposes, keeping $100,000 liability insurance, and vaccinating the dog against rabies. Failure to  comply may result in the humane destruction of the dog.  
WA - Selah - Breed - 5.07.080 Pit bull dogs prohibited.   SELAH, WA., MUNICIPAL CODE 5.01.125, 5.01.127, 5.01.40, 5.01.50, 5.07.080 - 5.07.127 (2004)   In Selah, Washington, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own, or possess a pit bull dog, with an exception for pit bulls licensed prior to the ordinance. Such dogs are subject to certain requirements regarding confinement, use of an orange collar, leash and muzzle, the posting of"Beware of Dog" signs, and the maintenance of liability insurance. Such dogs must be vaccinated against rabies and be photographed and micro-chipped for identification purposes. An owner who fails to comply may have his pit bull dog confiscated and impounded.  Violations of r constitute a gross misdemeanor, punishable by a fine of up to $5,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year.  
WA - Yakima - Breed - Chapter 6.18 - Pit Bull Dogs   Chapter 6.18   This Yakima, Washington ordinance makes it unlawful to keep, or harbor, own or in any way possess a pit bull dog within the city of Yakima. Violation of this section is a gross misdemeanor. This chapter does not apply to pit bull dogs which: 1) do not reside in the city of Yakima, 2) are brought into the city for the purposes of participating in a dog show or canine sporting event for which the owner is able to show proof of entry, and 3) do not remain in the city of Yakima for a period exceeding ninety-six consecutive hours.  
WI - Hewitt - Breed - Pit Bull Ordinance   HEWITT, WI., ORDINANCE NO. 18.01 5   In Hewitt, Wisconsin, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess a pitbull dog, with exceptions for dogs registered by the date the ordinance became effective. Such dogs may be kept subject to certain conditions, such as keeping the dog properly confined, using a leash and muzzle, posting "Beware of Dog" signs, and keeping $50,000 liability insurance.  
WI - Juneau - Breed - 6.04.090 Pit bulls and other dangerous animals.   JUNEAU, WI., MUNICIPAL CODE 6.04.090 (1998)   It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog in Juneau, Wisconsin, with an exception for pit bulls registered on the day the ordinance became effective. Such dogs may be kept within the city subject to certain requirements, such as proper confinement, the use of a leash and muzzle, the posting of "Beware of Dog" signs, and the maintenance of $50,000 liability insurance for personal injury caused by a pit bull.  
WI - Montello - Breed - 117-17 Pit Bull Dogs.   MONTELLO, WI., CODE 117-17 (1989)   In Montello, Wisconsin, it is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog, provided that dogs previously registered may be kept subject to certain requirement. These requirements are keeping the dog properly confined or on a leash and muzzle, posting a "Beware of Dog” sign, keeping $50,000 liability insurance, and taking photographs for identification purposes. Sale or transfer of ownership of pit bulls is prohibited. Failure to comply may result in the seizure and impoundment of the dog, a fine of up to $1,000 and imprisonment for up to 30 days.  
WI - Somerset - Breed - Sec. 7-1-9. Wild, exotic and dangerous animals; pit bull dogs.   SOMERSET, WI., CODE OF ORDINANCES 7-1-9 (2000)   It is unlawful to keep, harbor, own or possess any pit bull dog in Somerset Wisconsin, with exceptions for dogs registered prior to the effective date of the pit bull ban. Such dogs are subject to certain requirements, such as proper confinement or the use of a leash and muzzle, posting “Beware of Dog” signs, and keeping $50,000 liability insurance. Puppies born to such dogs must be removed from the city after 6 weeks.  
WI - South Milwaukee - Breed - 23.20 REGULATING VICIOUS DOGS.   SOUTH MILWAUKEE, WI., MUNICIPAL CODE 23.20 (1989)   In South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, it is illegal to harbor, keep or maintain any Pit Bull that was not registered and licensed by April 1, 1989, with exceptions for law enforcement and dogs being transported through the city. Any person who believes that another is keeping an unregistered Pit Bull shall file an affidavit with the Municipal Court Clerk. Owners of registered dogs permitted in the City shall provide a color photograph of the dog and proof of liability insurance of $100,000.  The owner of a Pit Bull who fails to comply with the requirements must remove the dog from the City.  
WI - St. Francis - Breed - 180-5 Dangerous and Vicious Dogs   ST. FRANCIS, WI., MUNICIPAL CODE 180-5 (2008)   In St. Francis, Wisconsin, no person may harbor, keep or maintain any pit bull that was not registered and licensed by October 1, 2001. Any person having knowledge that another has an unregistered pit bull must file a sworn affidavit with the Municipal Court Clerk. Owners of pit bulls that are allowed must comply with all provisions applicable to dangerous dogs, such as securely confining the dog, displaying a dangerous dog sign, and if off of the premises, keep the dog muzzled and on a leash. A violation may result in impoundment of the dog, as well as a forfeiture of up to $1,000.  

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