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Love-A-Bull Pit Bull Meetup Message Board › Stop BSL in Texas

Stop BSL in Texas

Melonie M.
Austin, TX
Post #: 7
Due to a tragedy in Houston a year ago, in which two loose "pit bulls" and a Rottweiler killed a woman, State Representative Al Edwards is gathering support for new legislation. According to the Houston Chronicle, Rep. Edwards "wants to make it mandatory for owners of certain dog breeds to get ownership training, obtain a permit, carry up to $300,000 liability insurance." This threatens the part of the Texas Health and Safety Code that specifically prohibits breed-specific requirements or restrictions. Therefore, the legislation Rep. Edwards proposes could open the floodgates for breed restrictions and bans throughout the state. We may lose the right to own any dog we choose in any city we choose in the state of Texas. We need to ensure that any additional legislation does not change this part of the existing Health and Safety Code and does not single out any breeds.

Although all Texas dog owners should stand up and be counted, it is really, really important that people who vote and live in Rep. Al Edward's Harris County, TX district contact him and ask that any proposal is fair and non-breed specific. The best way to prevent BSL is to ensure that no such language is included on any draft of the legislation.

Rep. Edwards' goal really seems to be to increase owner accountability and stop loose dogs from harming people. We're all for that! And we all know that BSL is not effective at achieving this.

Sample Letter:

The Honorable Al Edwards
4913 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021
(713) 741-8800
The Honorable Al Edwards
4913 Griggs Road
Houston, TX 77021
(713) 741-8800


Dear Representative Edwards,

This letter is in response to the proposed legislation regarding regulating vicious dogs with use of breed specific legislation in the state of Texas.

To say "Pit Bulls", Rottweilers and other specific breeds are dangerous does not address the real problem - irresponsible owners.

The State of Texas could better address the root cause of the problem by increasing funding for local animal control departments, animal shelters, education, and spay/neuter programs. Local governments clearly need more funding and manpower in order to enforce leash laws and to reduce the number of abused, neglected and homeless animals. ANY dog can become a problem for the public if the dog is allowed to run loose and is not supervised.

Under breed-specific laws, criminal, neglectful owners continue to own and mistreat "Pit Bulls" and Rottweilers because this element of society does not care about liability insurance or the law. Or, they will just find another type of dog to abuse.

(Optional: A brief explanation of how this affects your family. If you are a constituent - a person residing in the distinct - say so)

The state of Texas needs non-breed specific legislation that is competent to regulate the irresponsible owners and protect those who maintain their dogs safely and humanely. As a responsible owner, I ask you to seriously consider the impact of breed-specific legislation.

Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns regarding this issue.


(your name)

(your local State Rep. if you live outside the district)

Texas U.S. Representative

Phone: (202) 225-4236
State District Offices

Texas State Senator

Capitol Office: CAP 3E.18
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068
Austin, Texas 78711
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0114
District Address: P.O. Box 12068
Austin, TX 78711
District Phone: (512) 463-0114
State District Offices

Texas State Representative

Capitol Office: EXT E2.416
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0821
District Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768

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