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Clay, AL, BDL trial, Sept. 2, 2014

Breed-Discriminatory Law on Trial

September 2, 2014

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Attorney Fred Kray, cohost Kris Diaz, and the rest of the PBLNR crew welcome Melanie Hughes-Hicks, who describes the first day of a trial in Clay, AL. The plaintiffs are challenging Clay's breed-discriminatory law. Clay's ordinance, like so many others, does not fulfill due process requirements and invites arbitrary enforcement. It targets not only pit bulls (dogs having "any element" of "pit bull"), but breeds listed by an insurance organization as dangerous. Ms. Hughes-Hicks tells us about the witnesses presented and the impetus for the ordinance. A ruling is expected on Sept. 12, 2014. [Update: The court ruled on Sept. 12, 2014, that the law is constitutional on grounds that it lacks a rational basis.]

More information: Clay couple says pit bull is 'family'; city officials say breed is vicious during trial over ordinance (

Plus, Little Darling reveals that a carousel maker is crafting a Carla Lou carousel animal, Yvette Van Veen addresses the dog-dog interactions, and we reveal the winners of our 2014 summer photo contest.

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