Shih Tzu On Dangerous Dogs List

Shih Tzu dangerous dog
How Vicious Am I!

Yes, it’s a fact…..a Shih Tzu has been placed on the ‘Dangerous Dogs’ list in a US State. I found this article courtesy of – “If they have teeth then they will bite” is a sweeping statement from Dog Warden Kurt Merbs. We think that the owners need to shadow a lot of the blame. What do you think?…

Incredible I know but the adorable Shih Tzu has been placed on the dangerous dogs list in a US State. I mean it really beggers belief. An extract from the article that was first published in is below for your amazement!!

Shih Tzu dangerous dog
How Vicious Am I!

A recent rash of pit bull maulings in the Cincinnati-Dayton area — one that resulted in the death of a 7-month-old boy — has raised questions about the breed of dog and the strength of local laws pertaining to vicious dogs.

Ten years ago, several Butler County cities supported laws that banned people from owning pit bulls and other “vicious” breeds, including German Shepards and Rottweilers. But as advocate groups for those dog breeds began to push the message that the dogs weren’t the problem, the people who own them are, many cities changed their vicious dog laws to be non-breed specific.

With the exception of Fairfield, which still maintains its ban on pit bulls, other municipalities in the county follow the state’s 2012 version of dangerous and vicious dog laws where no particular breed is mentioned.

The death of a 7-month-old boy last week in Dayton from injuries inflicted by 4-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier, coupled with an attack of two pit bulls on June 4 in Cincinnati that left 6-year-old Zainabou Drame with critical injuries, raises questions again about the breed.

No doubt, pit bulls and mixed breeds with the pit bull’s traits are popular in Butler County, according to Deputy Dog Warden Supervisor Kurt Merbs.

“Eight out of 10 dogs I pick up are pit bulls,” he said.

But they are not the only breed on the county’s list of “dangerous dogs.”

By law, a dog is declared a nuisance if it tries to attack a person or approaches them in a menacing fashion. They get an upgrade to “dangerous dog” if they have bitten a person (unprovoked or when the person wasn’t trespassing) or killed another dog.

The “dangerous” classification requires the dog’s owner to pay an extra $50 license fee and obtain liability insurance. The dog must wear a special tag, which has a picture of a snarling dog with sharp teeth inscribed on it, be in a locked enclosure, on a leash when off the property and be spayed or neutered.

Currently, there are about 30 dogs on the dangerous list in Butler County, many of them pit bulls. The list also includes Rottweilers, shepherds, cattle dogs, golden retrievers, Chihuahuas, an English Mastiff and a shih tzu.

“If they have teeth, they will bite,” Merbs said. “But you can get bit by a Chihuahua and it will hurt. If you get bit by a pit bull, you will likely be in surgery.”

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