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Bully Breed Bans In The Kansas City Metro

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Many of the communities around Kansas City have passed into law what some call "bully breed bans"—restrictions on specific breeds thought to be dangerous, like pit bulls and rottweilers. Kansas City does not have any bans, but the city does require all pit bulls to be spayed or neutered.

The following area communities do have pit bull bans:

• Independence, Mo.
• Leawood, Kan.
• Liberty, Mo.
• Marion, Kan.
• Overland Park, Kan.
• Platte City, Mo.
• Prairie Village, Kan.
• Roeland Park, Kan.
• Shawnee, Kan.

Don Bauermeister, author of the Amicus Brief for Dogsbite.org, advises that if someone sees a violation of your community’s breed ban, it’s best to take a photo of the violation and report it to the authorities.

Anthony Barnett, a canine safety and tactics specialist feels that we consider pit bulls from a “risk only” perspective instead of focusing on the benefits of having this breed as a pet. Anthony owns a pit bull service dog that goes to veterans facilities.

This map, provided by DogsBite.org, shows communities in Kansas and Missouri that have bans on certain breeds:

View Tri-State Midwestern Map of Breed-Specific Laws in a larger map


 Don Bauermeister, Assistant City Attorney for the City of Council Bluffs, Iowa and author of the Amicus Brief for Dogsbite.org
• Anthony Barnett, founder and Executive Director of the Symbiotic Behavioral Treatment Center and canine safety and tactics specialist

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