Pit Bulls: Beyond Breed-Specific Legislation

Springfield's proposed breed-specific legislation (BSL) led to a surge in abandoned Pit Bulls. The law was ultimately rejected, reflecting a wider trend against BSL.


BSL often results from local reactions to dog attacks. However, it disrupts the human-animal bond and unfairly targets responsible Pit Bull owners.

Impact of BSL

Broad legal descriptions of Pit Bulls lead to misidentification. A study found shelter workers often mislabel dogs as Pit Bulls.


Dogs labeled as Pit Bulls face longer shelter stays or euthanasia in areas with BSL, due to the difficulty in finding adopters.


Citizens Against BSL, a volunteer group, collected over 7,800 signatures to get a referendum against the ban on the ballot.

Grassroots Effort

National groups like the ASPCA and Best Friends support local efforts to reject BSL, emphasizing the importance of public involvement.

National Support Against BSL

Lori Nanan fought against proposed laws in her city that targeted Pit Bull owners, fearing her own dog, Hazel, would be stigmatized.

Personal Fight Against BSL

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