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Pit Bull Highlights

Pit Bull Ordinance title image with photo of Pit Bull that has been adopted.Pit Bull Ordinance

A new law is now in effect that makes it illegal to own an unaltered pit bull - or pit bull mix - in San Francisco. Also in effect is San Francisco Health Code Section 44, which requires owners to obtain a permit from Animal Care and Control in order to breed their pit bull or pit bull mixes. These laws went into effect after the Governor signed SB 861 into law - paving the way for cities and counties to create legislation specific to spaying and neutering of particular breeds of dogs.

The new San Francisco law was created from information gathered by a special 'canine response working group' convened by Mayor Gavin Newsom in the aftermath of the tragic June 2005 fatal mauling of Nicholas Faibish - the 12 year-old-boy who was killed at home in San Francisco by his family's pet pit bulls. Another factor in establishing the new legislation was the desire to cut down on the large number of pit bulls that are found as strays - or owner relinquished - and end up housed at the city shelter. Last year, of the 2,300 dogs impounded at the Department of Animal Care and Control 800 were pit bulls or pit bull mixes.

The Department of Animal Care and Control will be referring owners wishing to comply with the law to resources for free or low-cost spay and neuter services generously provided by San Francisco Bay Humane Friends and the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA. San Francisco residents must comply with this new law. Anyone with questions should call SF Animal Care and Control at 415-554-6364 or email Pit.Bull.Ordinance@sfgov.org.

Photo of Pit Bull that has been adopted.For breed specification, ACC will be using the following:

ACC photos of Pit Bull breeds and checklist.

More information on Pit Bulls.
Also see "Higher Risk" Dogs.
For more information on Pit Bulls also go to BadRap.org (outside SFGov navigation).


Free Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Clinics

Thanks to the San Francisco Bay Humane Friends along with the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA for assisting San Francisco Animal Care and Control in providing Free Pit Bull Spay/Neuter Clinis held in front of ACC every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month to San Francisco residents (by appointment only, no drop-ins). Call San Francisco Animal Care and Control at 415-554-6364 to make an appointment or email the Pit.Bull.Ordinance@sfgov.org. For more information follow the PHS van (outside of SF Gov navigation) ...

Photo of PHS Pit Bull Clinic van and two staff members.



Last updated: 2/12/2010 1:52:18 PM