By Associated Press - Friday, November 28, 2014

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - A group of dog owners is preparing to fight a ban on pit bulls in Minot.

The group is active on Facebook at Rally in the Valley to end the BSL in Minot, and is circulating petitions to appeal the ban to the City Council. “BSL” is an acronym for breed-specific laws.

“Dog aggression isn’t a breed-specific trait,” group spokesman Will Payne told the Minot Daily News ( ). “If you treat a dog with love and compassion and raise them as part of the family, you are going to have a loving and compassionate dog, regardless of the breed.”

Colleen Lynn, president of, which advocates for breed-specific laws, said pit bulls aren’t necessarily more likely to bite than other breeds, The issue, she said, is that their hold-and-shake style of biting when they do attack is unlike other dogs,

“When they start an attack, they often don’t stop,” she said. “They will continue biting until police arrive and shoot it. They let go when they die.”

More than 700 cities across the country have breed-specific laws. Minot’s ordinance says any pit bull in the city must be removed within 24 hours, or it will be impounded at the owner’s expense.

The dog-owner group wants the breed-specific law replaced with a vicious dog law.

“Punish the deed rather than the breed,” Payne said.

The Minot group recently supported an effort to try to repeal a ban in nearby Burlington, but the City Council there rejected the plea.


Information from: Minot Daily News,

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