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Animal Humane Society position on breed specific bans

Animal Humane Society opposes regulations based solely on dog breed and/or legislation banning a specific breed.  While breed is one factor that contributes to a dog's temperament, it alone cannot be used to predict whether a dog may pose a danger to his or her community. AHS believes that dog owners should be responsible for their dogs.

Restrictions placed on a specific breed fail to address the larger problems of abuse, aggression training, and irresponsible dog ownership. Again, breed alone is not an adequate indicator of a dog's propensity to bite. Rather, a dog's tendency to bite is a product of several factors, including but not limited to: lack of socialization of the dog to people; sound obedience training; training for fighting or increased aggression; genetic makeup, including breed and strains within a breed; and quality of care and supervision by the owner.

Breed-specific legislation doesn't work for several reasons: there are inherent problems in trying to determine a dog's breed, making enforcement of breed-specific legislation difficult; fatal attacks represent a very small portion of bite-related injuries and should not be the major factor driving public policy; and existing non-breed-specific legislation already exists and offers promise for the prevention of dog bites.  

Animal Humane Society is committed to helping dog owners and their pets and is a resource for the community through its training and behavior programs, online library, behavior helpline, advocacy efforts and educational programs in the schools. 

Animal Humane Society locations


4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
(763) 390-3647

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Coon Rapids

1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
(763) 862-4030

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Golden Valley

845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
(763) 522-4325

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St. Paul

1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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  • Administration
    (763) 522-4325
  • Animal Admissions
    (763) 412-4969
  • Pet Behavior Helpline
    (763) 489-2202
  • Boarding
    (763) 489-2222
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