Bucks County Boro Council Debates Law Muzzling All Pit Bulls

Posted on: December 28th, 2010       Attorney Thomas Newell

A Dec. 22, 2010 article from The Intelligencer highlighted a debate in Bristol Boro, Bucks County regarding an ordinance requiring all pit bulls to be muzzled when on Borough property and/or public streets. The genesis of this legal debate was the latest pit bull attack in Bristol. In November of 2010, a pit bull escaped from its owner and killed a Pomeranian that was in its owner’s yard. The PA pit bull owner faces multiple charges under the PA Dog Law, including harboring a dangerous dog.

Numerous pit bull owners have contacted the Bucks County politicians to object to the pit bull being singled out. Others claim that the law would be impossible to enforce since there is no such thing as a specific pit bull breed. Most people refer to an American Staffordshire Terrier or a Staffordshire Terrier as a pit bull. Another area of concern would be who would enforce this law requiring pit bulls to be muzzled in public? It is doubtful that the Bucks County Dog Warden, Verna North, would have the legal authority to cite a pit bull owner for a violation of a local Bucks County ordinance.

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