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Patch's Poll: Should Countries Be Allowed to 'Ban' Certain Dog Breeds?

It's illegal to own a pit bull in Northern Ireland and the United Kingdom, a central point in a recent controversy in which the Belfast City Council put down a dog that resembled that breed.

A 7-year-old dog named Lennox, which authorities in Northern Ireland impounded two years ago when it was thought to be a "danger to the public," was put down last week.

According to the BBC, the City Council in Belfast, where the dog was seized, had been embroiled in a two-year dispute over whether to put the dog to sleep.

Why was the dog a presumed threat? , which is an illegal dog in the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland and banned in that country.

The BBC reported that once the council received confirmation that it was able to put the animal down, that council members began getting death threats about the proposal. According to the Huffington Post, Lennox inspired supporters and detractors on both sides of the Atlantic, with many online campaigns geared toward saving the animal.

So, Patch readers, we’re curious to hear your reactions to the fact that a specific dog breed can be deemed illegal. Do you agree or disagree with this?

Should towns, states or countries be allowed to "ban" certain dog breeds, like pit bulls? Take our poll and share your thoughts in the comments.

Christina Jacobs July 17, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Seizing and killing dogs based solely on their looks does nothing to make communities safer. What governments should do is create laws that place the blame where it belongs, on dog owners. Any dog of any breed can cause harm and it is up to the owners to keep their dog under control. It's time for laws to recognize that instead of punish good dog owners for having dogs that look a certain way.
Sarah Calatayud July 18, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Totally agree. If you hate racism, it follows that you should hate BSL - which is purely racism in the canine world.
Harry Sawyer July 18, 2012 at 06:55 PM
I say, banning the government is the solution!

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