November 15, 2005

San Francisco requires pit bull sterilization

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - San Francisco's city legislature
approved a measure on Tuesday requiring all pit bulls to be

The measure, passed 10-0 by the city's Board of
Supervisors, sets fines of up to $1,000 for owners who fail to
spay or neuter their pit bulls, although some exceptions apply.

The legislation comes after the June death of a 12-year-old
San Francisco boy mauled by the family pit bull. Other recent
pit bull attacks have also sparked wide media attention.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found
that pit bulls caused about a third of more than 200 fatal U.S.
dog attacks from 1979 to 1998.

Separately, legislators in Contra Costa County across the
bay from San Francisco backed new rules on Tuesday requiring
permits for dogs deemed potentially dangerous and barred felons
from having dangerous dogs. That legislation envisions a case
by case analysis of what constitutes dangerous animals.