Nevada passes breed discrimination law, pit bulls get relief
Pit bulls in Nevada can now breathe a bit easier. A law was passed this week making it illegal for local governments to adopt regulations that deem dogs dangerous simply based on their breed. The bill was spearheaded by Best Friends Animal Society and sponsored by Assemblyman James Ohrenschall, making Nevada 14th in the nation to pass a breed discrimination law. Pit bull terriers are euthanized in disproportionately high numbers at animal shelters. “It has always been bad public policy to enact ordinances that target a certain breed of dog without considering that individual dog’s actions … [This legislation] will help keep our innocent friends from being killed needlessly and senselessly,” said Ohrenschall. The law takes effect Oct. 1.