Here is the story from Houston’s Channel 2 (http://www NULL.click2houston NULL.com/video/26421731/index NULL.html) about Cynthia Kent’s proposed bill.
Also, we have had our club covered on Dallas, Channel 5 (http://www NULL.nbcdfw NULL.com/news/local-beat/Family-of-Mauling-Victim-Pushing-for-Texas-Pit-Bull-Ban-113518174 NULL.html). Thank you Channel 5.
I’ve had a lot of questions about this story, so to clarify: Former Judge Kent doesn’t have a sponsor for this bill (“Justin’s Law”). Therefore, no bill has been introduced yet. A breed-specific bill has been introduced every year since 2005, however. See the Action Center for how you can help.
If you contact your State Senator or Representative about Justin’s Law, (including Rep. Hopson and Sen. Eltife, to whom the draft bill was presented) they will probably say they “don’t support this bill,” which is not surprising. There are not enough prison beds in Texas to hold a million-something people who own dogs that look like pit bulls. Also, it’s unlikely that our legislature would take control away from local governments by passing a statewide ban.
Kent’s strategy is obviously to float a crazy and extreme proposal so that a lesser breed-specific bill will be accepted. We will not compromise. No mandatory spay/neuter, no special permits, no “you can keep your dog if you keep it in a lion cage with a muzzle and an orange collar”, no mandatory special insurance, no grandfather clause. Why? Because these breed-specific exceptions are designed to make people get rid of their pets, not to keep them.
We don’t support people who keep truly dangerous dogs in the community or allow their dogs to menace their neighbors. However, since Texas already has a number of options to deal with irresponsible owners, it makes no sense to divert resources in order to focus on dogs based solely on their appearance.