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Dogs and Breed Specific Legislation (BSL)

            Most people who hear of BSL does not know what it is. BSL stands for Breed Specific Legislation, in other words the government wants to control what breed of dog can legally owned. The next thing that comes to mind is the Pit Bull Terrier. This breed take the brunt of the storm with BSL, but according to Jodi Preis with the Blessed the Bully's website there are thirty different breeds that can and will be affected by this legislation (Preis). Almost always when we hear about of a dog attack threw the media, nine times out of ten it is a Pit Bull. The media does not tell the whole story of the attack, it only states the breed and how old the victim was. They should look at the whole situation, was the victim tormenting the dog before the attack happened. They also needed to look at the dogs' environment, all dogs are and can become territorial to a point, was the dog eating when the attack happened and other questions should be asked and shared with the public. .
             A little history about one of the most feared dog breeds, The American Pit Bull Terrier; they are a mixed between the Bulldog and the Terrier. They were considered to be nanny dogs, they were used as a mascot for recruiting posters for the military, and they were used in a number of movies. One of the most famous Pit Bulls is Petey on The Little Rascals. The pit bull was considered as a loving family pet. This breed of dog is one of the most loyal breeds that a responsible person can ever own (McDonald). There are several things to considered before owning e a pit bull, one of the main things owners needs to consider is to socialize the dog as a puppy. Just like in humans when we socialize as young kids we learn how to act around others and in a since know our role. Another good point to keep in mind is that pit bulls are Terriers and they need at least an hour of high energy play time twice a day, every day. Once you have decided to take on the responsibility of owning a pit bull, you will need to know the laws of the state you live in and it is also a good idea to talk to your neighbors and let them know that you will have a pit bull and go ahead and debunk any concern or myths that they might have.

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