Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) that bans and euthanizes pitbulls is becoming increasingly popular among towns, counties, and states in the US. When traveling with your beloved pitbull, you do not have to worry about losing your best friend in these pitbull friendly states.
The Most Pitbull Friendly States
Alaska, Maine, Nevada, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Vermont, Virginia, and Wyoming
None of these states have any bans on pitbulls or other dogs based solely on their breed. These states should be respected for still valuing personal freedom and personal responsibility.
Other Pitbull Friendly States
California has a statewide Dangerous Dog law that prohibits BSL, except mandatory spay and neuter policies that are allowed to be based on the dog breed.
Colorado has a statewide ban on BSL, but some cities and towns have ‘grandfathered’ ordinances that restrict or ban pitbull ownership, including Denver.
Connecticut is a very pitbull friendly state. Only one town, Wethersfield, has restrictions based on guard dogs and attack dogs.
Hawaii does not have any BSL laws, but is currently discussing a statewide law that would make it a misdemeanor to own, possess, or sell a pitbull. The Jan 30 article can be read here.
Idaho only bans pitbulls in the town of Fruitland.
Illinois has a statewide ban on BSL, but many towns have somehow managed to ban pitbulls. Chicago is discussing enacting BSL and the small town of Benld is even discussing banning all dogs over 15 pounds! Illinois does deserve credit for repealing anti-pitbull laws in the towns of Bourbonnais and Mount Olive.
Montana is quite pitbull friendly, only the town of Libby bans pitbulls. The Pitbull Elimination Bill that would have confiscated and killed all pitbulls in Montana did not pass by an almost unanimous vote of the State House Representatives.
New Jersey is mostly pitbull friendly. The statewide Vicious Dog Law prevents dog from being banned based solely on the breed , but Millville and Bergan County have managed to slip through the loopholes and restrict the ownership of pitbulls.
New York has a statewide law to prohibit BSL, however some towns have managed to ban pitbulls or require liability insurance for pitbull owners. New York City is a very pit bull friendly place.
Pennsylvania has a statewide ban on BSL and Philadelphia is one of the most pitbull friendly cities in the country. The state legislature is currently discussing repealing the state law to allow towns to enact BSL ordinances, but it does not appear likely to pass.
Texas is extremely pitbull friendly with a statewide ban on BSL. A repeal is being discussed, but is not likely to pass.
Find out how pitbull friendly or pitbull unfriendly your state is by checking out this map. To learn how to stop BSL legislation in your state, visit www.understand-a-bull.com and StopBSL.com.
Sources: www.understand-a-bull.com, a pitbull friendly website & www.dogsbite.org, a pitbull unfriendly website.