Pit Bull Owner Takes Up Fight Against Breed Bans in Oregon

A potential breed ban in Medford, Ore., has divided residents and ignited debate about whether banning pit bulls will do anything to improve safety in their community.

A number of incidents and an attack that resulted in $4,000 in vet bills for an Anatolian shepherd in September caused a stir and led to calls from the dog’s owner and others to enact a breed ban.

According to the Mail Tribune, the Medford Police Department was asked by the City Council to look into the matter and is recommending a few options, which could include an all out ban, or a requirement to have pit bulls spayed/neutered. According to the police department, just more than half of the incidents reported involved pit bulls or pit bull mixes, but police also admit pit bulls are the “dog of choice” for drug dealers in the area.

Medford resident and pit bull owner, Tyler Woodard created a Care2 petition urging the City Council to focus on owners with aggressive dogs, instead of unfairly targeting pit bulls because of their breed. Woodard is calling for public support and asking canine experts to come forward to offer testimony about the breed and why breed bans are ineffective.

Scott Beckstead, Oregon senior state director for The Humane Society of the United States, discouraged a ban, saying it had the potential to be “explosively divisive.” He added that the state already has dangerous dog laws in place and noted that a newly enacted anti-tethering law would limit dogs being chained, which is linked to aggression.

Numerous other organizations have also already come out against breed bans, including the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Animal Control Association, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the American Kennel Club, the American Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors and the International Association of Canine Professionals, among others.

Last summer, the White House also came out with an official statement against breed bans stating that “research shows that bans on certain types of dogs are largely ineffective and often a waste of public resources.”

Clearly opponents of breed specific legislation recognize that any dog can bite and that targeting certain breeds doesn’t address the real problem, which would be irresponsible owners. Opponents also support common sense alternatives, including public education about dog behavior and bite prevention, leash laws, low cost spay/neuter programs and laws that hold owners accountable for their dog’s behavior.

Unfortunately, calls for breed bans continue to pop up in new areas, despite being costly and difficult to enforce, not to mention the issues that come with trying to identify a breed based solely on looks or the fact that “pit bull” isn’t actually a breed, but a term used to describe several breeds including Staffordshire Bull Terriers, American Pit Bull Terriers and American Staffordshire Terriers.

The Medford City Council will be accepting public comments and holding public hearings about this issue, but the dates have yet to be announced.


Please sign and share the petition asking the Medford City Council not to discriminate against pit bulls.

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Jim Ven
Jim V2 years ago

thanks for the article.

Carrie-Anne Brown

signed, thanks for sharing :)

Barbara D.
Barbara D4 years ago

The public needs to learn, that the Bully Breeds are not bred to be vicious. It is some owners, like drug dealers and others who made their living by breaking laws. What these cumminties need to come up, is a way to penalize, challenge, fine, time in prison, fees for the drug dealers and others who make their living by breaking laws. Make these things so high, that the drug dealer, or someother person who makes a living by means tht are against the law, that it will make them think twice before they train their dogs, no matter the breed to be vicious. Stop penalizing the dogs, penalize the owners and drug dealers.

Janis K.
Janis K4 years ago

Thanks for sharing, I have a Pit Bull, though he really has me, more accurately. He is the sweetest, most gentle dog I have ever known. Don't ban the breed, ban the bad owner. And make it a point to get to know one of these amazing dogs, you won't regret it.
you took action on January 18, 2014

Gillian Bronkhorst

Don't blame the breed, blame the people who raise them, these precious dogs are so loving and good with kids! At the end of the day treat anything/anyone the way you wish to be treated! Treat them with love and respect the way all animals should!

Angela l.
Angela L4 years ago

Only humans are the stupid one who label everything. It's only the name, just like you gave a name to your children. ALL BEINGS can be tamed by good humans and can be wrought when they are in the wrong hands, again just like humans. It's humans who destroyed everything - the weather, the environment, the other voiceless being, the society, create ag -gags bills to cover their ugly acts etc...to kill and hunt innocent animals; the list goes on. All those cowards out there, admits what they have done and correct the problems. ALL BEINGS ARE CREATED EQUAL, stop banning anything or anyone, it's called segregation!!!!

Sydney M
Sydney M4 years ago

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Manuela C.
Manuela C4 years ago

Ban on those stupid people who think pit bulls are "bad". When will they realize that it's people who's bad?

Oleg Kobetz
Oleg Kobets4 years ago


Judie B.
Judie B4 years ago

Earl K., Thank you! Dogbites.org is NOT a statistical fact-based organization. It's a website run by a single person (Colleen Lynn) who hates any dog that remotely resembles a pit bull, and who is doing her best to smear the breed in her relentless vendetta. Her "statistics" are false.

If you want more accurate statistics, lookup the National Canine Research Council. They state that family dogs are rarely involved in attacks (most attacks are committed by "resident" dogs who are not properly socialized), and in most cases, there isn't enough evidence to state, definitively, that pit bulls were behind most of the attacks.