Dog lovers just scored a major win in Delaware.
The state just passed a law preventing breed discrimination, meaning the government can’t prohibit someone from owning a certain breed. Often, there is a “breed bias” on certain dogs, including pit bulls, mastiffs, rottweilers and others. Now, a particular breed cannot be generalized as “dangerous”; this label will be on a case-by-case scenario.
Also, shelters and animal control facilities can’t discriminate against one breed, stating it will not take a certain type of dog in, or facilitate an adoption.
“Findings to deem a dog dangerous will be based on actions of the dog, or an individualized demonstration of vicious behavior,” the bill states.
Governor Carney signed the bill this past Friday and was cosponsored by Representative Charles Potter Jr. and State Senatir David Sokola.
The passing comes after research has been presented to show a dog biting you, or being considered dangerous, does not have to do with it being of a particular breed.
Delaware is the 21st state to pass a law focused on breed discrimination.