Last week, Dearborn County, IN (Population 50,000) became another sign of progress after the council passed a new law that elminates breed-specific provisions in the county code.
Now, all dogs in Dearborn County are declared vicious based on their actions and behaviors, not on their appearance. In addition to pet owners benefitting by not being targeted based on how their dog looks (or how someone else thinks it may look), the PUBLIC benefits by improved public safety with the limited animal control resources now being focused only on dogs that really are potentially aggressive.
This is the second in a great line of news out of the Hoosier State recently. Just 2 weeks ago, South Bend, IN also repealed its decades-old law targeting specific breeds. These two communities represent a larger trend of communities around the nation removing outdated breed-specific ordinances and replacing them with breed-neutral, behavior-based laws -- which the expert professional community overwhelmingly supports.
Great news, and great job by the folks in Dearborn County, IN.