Responding to the attacks, four cities have enacted canine control laws requiring pit bull dog owners to take special precautions. In 1980, the city commission of Hollywood, Florida passed an ordinance that required the owners of pit bull dogs to complete special registration forms and prove the possession of $25,000 of public liability insurance. (6) This regulation applied to the owners of any American Pit Bull dog, Pit Bull Terrier dog or Staffordshire Terrier dog. (7) The Village of Tijeras, New Mexico banned pit bull dogs in a 1984 ordinance, and allowed county animal control officers to confiscate and destroy the dogs. (8)
IV. CONSTITUTIONALITY OF PIT BULL DOG LAWS
V. RECOMMENDATIONS AND CONCLUSION
Finally, these recommendations also recognize the current problem of vicious dogs at its source: the individual dog's owner. Dogs are the products of their past and present masters. Man has domesticated dogs to the point where they serve as companions, workers, and even objects of beauty. Dogs will protect man, see for him, hunt for him, play for him, even, fight to the death for him. One breed is not inherently good or evil, vicious or docile, harmful or helpful. Individual dogs can be selectively in-bred and trained to be aggressive, and , currently, it appears many pit bull dogs are being abused in the in this way. Attempts to legislate the breed out of existence, however, fail to understand that a vicious pit bull dog is not the only threat to a community. People determine whether dogs will be useful inhabitants of a community or nuisances. It is the people who breed and foster viciousness in dogs whom legislators also must control.