My State Is trying to BAN my DOGS!

@tlb0822 (1412)
United States
August 10, 2008 1:06pm CST
The state of Pennsylvania is passing a law that will allow counties to ban large breed dogs. And people who refuse to get rid of their large breed dogs will have to pay taxes on them. WHAT? It's just another way for the government to make money. In our state any dog that is over 26lbs is considered a large breed! Dozer is about 85-100lbs, and Thor is 50-60lbs. I'm not very happy at the moment. There are a lot of people just in our town who have large breed dogs. We live in the country. I think that putting a ban in inner cities might be a good idea, because large breed dogs need space. Do you think that this is right for them to ban large breed dogs, or make us pay more taxes? What i don't understand is that my dogs are already covered under our home owners policy. So why should we have to pay more taxes on them?
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@Galena (9123)
10 Aug 08
of course it's not right. why discriminate between people that have large dogs and people that have small dogs? 26lbs is in no way a large dog, that's pretty small, in dog terms. what would they make of my deerhound?
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Thats exactly what it is, discrimination and instead of the government haphazardly making up new rules like this somebody needs to go to their city council and complain. If what you say is right about it not just being for city dog owners but the country there is just no sound reason for such a thing if you are being a responsbile dog owner. I know pit bulls were deemed a threat to small children in some states but large dog breeds you just cannot discriminate because soem very large dogs are softies at heart and wouldnt harm a mouse. And what time is this to be bringing up some senseless tax when people are already struggling with their mortgages--Im suprised they didn't sneak it on to peoples bills marked "miscelleanous" charges like so many of them do.
@omgbob (14)
• United States
10 Aug 08
wow. the crazy things the government does to rake in cash. i'm kind of glad now that i'm in new york with my very fat dog. but the thing is you shouldn't have to pay taxes for owning a dog. you bought the dog to take care or it which can be expencive, and now there going to charge even more is just outrageous. i agree with you i would be quite angry also.
• Philippines
10 Aug 08
I agree with u..I love dogs very much and here in our country dogs have freedom, we dont have to pay taxes..its very sad to say about you that your country will ban dogs..i feel sorry for that..
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@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
10 Aug 08
The only dogs that you have to be careful of is dogs like pit bulls, and other vicious type dogs, but St. Bernards and other large fluffy dogs are not vicious and besides the owner has to pay more for their food and they expect you to pay taxes or licenses for them as well? Can you spell tax grab? If you have a lot of space so your dogs can roam free there is no need for an extra fee. Next thing you know they will make fat people pay higher taxes - but I do not want to think about that.
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
11 Aug 08
People should be cautious with ALL dogs. Pit bulls are not the problem, it's the bad owners that are a problem. We have a pit bull and she is well behaved and gentle because we took the time to teach her to be. We still wouldn't leave her alone with a child because she is still a dog...we won't leave the little chihuahua alone with a child either because she was 4 years old already before we got her and she does bite.
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@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I think that is against American Rights!!! I think that you should protest this and take it to court!!! I am absolutely outraged by this! I also don't see how that's fair to put a tax on an animal. That's like communism! What's next?!!! Are they going to put a tax on our children too!!! Seriously, this is America!! This is supposed to be a democracy! I think you should start a petition. I bet that that would really make a difference. Even though this particular bill doesn't directly effect me, allowing it to pass will lead to other stupid laws which will effect me, perhaps one day in a very drastic way!! I can't believe this crap!!! I am so pissed off!!! Something has got to be done about this BS!!!
@_sketch_ (5709)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I just found out that they are also trying to do the same thing in Minnesota as well!!! Where will the madness end!!!
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• United States
10 Aug 08
I think that is HORRIBLE!!! Dogs can make you feel safe, save lives and for many are like family, to tell someone to get rid of them just like that is inhumain! WTF... taxes on dogs... what next taxes on children. Time to move. Are there any place willing to fight this or petition this?
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@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
11 Aug 08
As of right now our community has started a petition to prevent the bill from going through. We are hoping that other communities in our area will do the same. thanks for the support.
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@urbandekay (18312)
10 Aug 08
Maybe you don't use dogs for working sheep there, but if you do, will shepherds be exempt, even a small border collie is over 26lb all the best urban
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• United States
10 Aug 08
I do agree! It does just sound like they are trying to collect more tax money. I do not see how collecting the money will help anything after they get it. It is like they are trying to make it against the law to have a Dog. Unreal! I feel bad for you. I hope that you do not have to get rid of any of your dogs. I really do feel that pets are part of the family.
@bellaofchaos (11550)
• United States
11 Aug 08
I don't think the state should be able to do this. It's wrong. I can see if they were saying we are taxing known vicious breeds but even then any breed can be vicious it how you raise the pup to be a dog. I have a husky and he would be considered a large dog. I live in town but you know what I exercise him by taking him to trails and walking and playing the backyard that I have that is not small but average and he is such an assest to the family he is loving and cuddly and well spoken.. Yes he talks in his wooing ways. LOL!! But he is a part of the family. I feel that the state is making a bad decision here.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
my two boys with the family pup - Frost at 7 month with my boys. Frost is an AKC Siberian Husky.
sorry I just forgot and had to add a picture of my sweetie .. Also I have a friend who has a rottie and he is so sweet. Every time I go over there he is like a big baby wanting nothing but love and to give it. Like I said it's all in how you bring the animal up.
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@palonghorn (5486)
• United States
10 Aug 08
I got news for them......I'll move back to Texas and take my dog with me before I pay the state of PA anything for just having my dog. She is an 80 lb Chesapeake Bay Retriever, stays in her own yard, and protects me and this house when my s/o is away. She is also a great companion and a member of my family. 26 pounds is nothing....I had a bassett that weighed more than that, so how is that a large breed dog? And who might be behind this? would it be the 'wonderful' governor of this state? The same one who layed state workers off for a whole day last year, because of the budget? The one that puts more time and effort in to 'his' town? I hadn't heard about this but you can bet, I won't be paying it. I paid for her tags, but I won't pay for something this stupid.
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@tlb0822 (1412)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Apparantly it is the governor trying to be tough on animal owners. Since lately there have been so many dog attacks. They have said that Ohio, and Florida already have such laws that are available to their counties. I think its just a way for them to get us to pay more taxes.
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@NewHeart (528)
• Canada
11 Aug 08
i was just wondering if it was for only new dogs i never heard of them being able to charge you something that you've had for 3 years and now they want you to pay for them. would think it can only cover new dogs coming in...
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• United States
11 Aug 08
Are you sure they are dogs, not wolves or lions?
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@apples99 (6564)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Oh, no i love dogs of all sizes and i can't imagine someone telling me my pet is baned and i think its kinda unfair that you have to pay additional texes but if thats the law i guess you have no choice but to abide by it, if it bothers and your worried about your dog and if you can afford it maybe you should consider moving.
• United States
11 Aug 08
this is rediculous!!! utterly UNCALLED for. how can they expect to uproot thousands of dogs from homes for no apparent reason? this is just nuts. Im glad i dont live in Penn. but then again, in Illinois Blagojavich isnt doing any better...best of luyck with the petition. im rooting for your dogs!
@foxyfire33 (10009)
• United States
11 Aug 08
Do you have any kind of link to more information about this. I'd be curious what counties it may include. We live out in the country to and it would be just stupid to penalize us for having a "large dog" (and 26 pounds doesn't sound so large to me, our formerly chubby little chihuahua got herself up to 15 pounds before we got her and put her on a healthier diet and exercise regimen). Our 6 country acres on a less traveled road seems like a great location for a big dog so why should we pay extra for the opportunity to give a dog what it deserves?! It sounds ridiculous and I hope this bill, if it gets passed at all, only applies to the more heavily populated areas like Philly and Pittsburg and the like.
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@fwangaa (3058)
• China
11 Aug 08
my counry admit to breed big dogs.because there are so many people in here to breed dogs,and i also breed two dogs,and i very love them ,but them not big neough,so young as them ,and i don't know what large they will grown.i like dog especially big dogs becacause when you bring it to the street you will very pride with a big dogs.and all the people don't humiliate you that if you are a weaker one.and they will not look down up on you again. i love china.
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@sedel1027 (17855)
• United States
11 Aug 08
You are lucky that they are going to let you keep your dogs. Most places a ban means that they kill on sight any animals. My Quaker Parrot is banned in a few states to be killed on sight. There are about 10 states we can't move to.
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• United States
11 Aug 08
I am in Ohio and just waiting for this to happen here. I have 2 dogs and one is a alaskan malamute and I already am having problems with people becuase people say she looks like a wolf in the summer due to the fact of her lossing her fur winter coat. I wish all dog lovers in PA good luck.
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@Corimore (249)
• United States
11 Aug 08
That is really sad that they think anything against certian dogs. What's next banning fat people cause they eat to much using all our food. Well I am outta here then. I got big dogs and I am considered fat. I don't know about you but the little dogs are more dangerous and much meaner too. They think they are big and usually so spoiled and untrained that they end up hurting someone.
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• Mexico
11 Aug 08
well this is your option if you love em you have to pay 4 them im sorry to hear that.. i would die if my dogs were gone by a law like that
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