Success: City Lifts Dog-Breed Ban


Target: Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien

Goal: Applaud end to city’s discriminatory pit-bull ban

Pawtucket, Rhode Island and its dog lovers recently celebrated the end to a ridiculous and unnecessary citywide breed ban, which the city had suffered through for a decade. The ban was overturned by a Superior Court judge, who ruled in favor of a 2013 statewide decision that bars cities from enforcing dog-breed bans. A previous ForceChange petition called for the end to dog-breed bans in Rhode Island. Show your support for Pawtucket and the end to irrational breed-based fear.

According to Pawtucket Police Chief Paul Kelly, the breed ban was passed in 2004 in an attempt to stem the regular occurrence of pit bull attacks in the city, brought on by drug dealers training the dogs for violence. The ban’s opponents stressed the sentiment that police ought to “punish the deed, not the breed.”

Breed-specific bans are facing opposition around the nation as people learn more about the propensity for violence in dogs to be trained, not bred. Poorly treated dogs have a far higher tendency to lash out violently than dogs treated well and provided with adequate food and shelter, whatever the breed. Unfortunately, people who train their dogs to become more violent often prefer certain breeds, leading to stigmas founded on the correlation between violence and breed, rather than investigating the causation of the trend.

Rottweilers and pit bulls fall victim most often to this archaic view of violent animals, but thanks to the families who love them and the advocates who fight and care for them, perspective and tolerance are leading to more punishment for those who mistreat animals and fewer punishments for the innocent animals whose abuse so often leads to their violent behavior.

Sign this petition and help give a voice to dogs around the world whose abuse and misrepresentation has led to further mistreatment.


Dear Mayor Grebien,

Breed-specific dog bans are unfounded and harmful to animals that have been placed in the hands of poor caretakers. Abused animals tend to be more violent and nervous, and they also lash out at people more often out of fear. That’s why Pawtucket’s decision to overturn the city’s pit-bull ban is so important. The stigma that certain breeds are more violent than others only furthers their mistreatment. Euthanizing and confiscating “dangerous” breeds fails to address the issue of breed-specific abuse.

Thanks to dog lovers and advocates, the ridiculous ban on pit bulls in Pawtucket has been overturned and hopefully more cities will continue to follow suit. I commend this decision and support the belief that criminals should be punished for abusing animals, instead of allowing animals to be punished for their own mistreatment.


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Photo credit: Tattoodwaitress via Wikimedia Commons

Original petition: Stop Dog Breed Discrimination in Rhode Island

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  1. Heather Brophy says:


  2. Karen Remnant says:

    Great news! It’s the owners at fault not the dog – regardless of breed!

  3. Breed bans serve NO PURPOSE…’s how the dog is trained/raised.

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