OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) -Breed bans are a common thing throughout the state of Iowa and in Ottumwa.
But, the Humane Society and local animal activists are trying to make breed bans a thing of the past.
Breed restrictions are in nearly every county here in Iowa including right here in Ottumwa where there is a ban on Pitbull dog breeds.
Currently, in the state legislature, there is a bill that would remove breed bans and enact laws that are breed-neutral.
Iowa State Director of the Humane Society Preston Moore encourages people to call their state senators here in Iowa to lift those bans and says they don’t really work saying to KYOU: “Really when it comes down to it these breed bands don’t work, at all. All they do is punish certain animal owners when they’re caught or if they are caught and if it happens to be enforced on that day.”
Other breeds banned across the state include German Shepards, Rottweilers, and wolf-dog hybrids.
Moore also added one way to help with a dog’s aggression is to not leave it chained up outside for long periods of time. He shared that doing so will make a dog more protective of their space and encouraged owners to bring their dogs in more often to interact with the family.
To learn more about breed bans, visit the Humane Society’s website.
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