Four pet owners in various Arkansas cities have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the pit bull bans in Beebe, Jacksonville, Lonoke and North Little Rock.
The dog owners are challenging the bans saying that they are “unconstitutionally vague and overbroad.” The suit states that the bans create undue burdens on dog owners to prove a dogâ€™s breed, while it is â€œscientifically impossible to determine the breed of a mixed-breed dog or its origin.â€
The suit also alleges that the ordinances discriminate against certain individuals without a rational government test, and interfere with due-process rights by allowing property to be seized without notice, a pre-seizure hearing or just compensation.
Roger Schnyer, founder and director of a nonprofit animal welfare group, Responsible Owners of Arkansas Dogs, said that many cities pass breed specific bans because of misinformation and do not have proper legal consultation when enacting legislation. Schnyer’s group is one of the plaintiffs in the case, and he stated that he would appeal all the way to the U. S. Supreme Court if the lawsuit fails and said, â€œWeâ€™re in it for the long run.â€
City officials said the bans are legal and that they went through great lengths to make sure due process was met.
Schnyer added, “This lawsuit is not a dog lawsuit. This is a constitutional-issues lawsuit.”
Source: Arkansas Democrat Gazette
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