Morris, IL has repealed its long-standing law that required all residents who wanted a 'pit bull" to get a license from the city 48 hours before getting the dog and required the city to inspect the area where the dog would be kept before approving the license and for signage of a pit bull being on the premises to be present.
The law is now gone.
The city quite enforcing the law several years ago when an Illinois state law made the city law no longer viable, but has been going through their codes and getting rid of outdated laws and this was one that was marked for repeal.
Meanwhile, in Plymouth, MA, representatives at a town meeting voted to eliminate a permit process that called for "pit bulls' to obtain a "wild animal" permit to keep the dog and to purchase a certain level of insurance. One Precinct rep noted that requiring wild animal permits for pit bulls was unreasonable since there were dangeorus dogs of other breeds and it wasn't a breed-specific issue.
The new law will taret dogs based on behavior, not looks.
Thanks to Jodie at Bless the Bullies for both of these updates.
It's exciting to see the changes in attitudes toward the dogs and a greater focus on rational-based decision-making instead of fear-based decision-making. More very good news.