Minnesota Representative John Lesch is proposing a statewide ban on five breeds of dogs that he deems to be a threat to public safety. He wants to ban Akitas, chow chows, Rottweilers, pit bulls and wolf hybrids or mixed-breed dogs with any of the above traits in Minnesota.
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“You never hear stories about roving packs of golden retrievers attacking children in our streets,” Lesch said. “But you do hear about the pit bulls, who are responsible, according to Minnesota statistics, for up to one third of the vicious attacks in this state in the past five years.”
Opponents of the proposed ban said the ban would be too difficult to enforce and would be unfair to responsible dog owners.
“I don’t think mass exterminating five breeds of dogs is going to solve the problem of dog bites,” said Kellie Dillner, assistant education director with A Rotta Love Plus.
Dillner said better enforcing existing dangerous dog laws would be more effective than enacting breed-specific bans.
Denver, Miami and Cincinnati have already enacted pit bull bans.