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Bread Specific Legislation for Alabama

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Active Regulations

The following is a list of active breed-specific ordinances in Alabama.
The list is in alphabetical order

City: Albertville

Ordinance:

Section: 4-36

Last Verified:

05/04/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

April 2009

Breeds:

Pit bulls

Type 

Declared “Dangerous”

Excerpt

Any pit bull terrier, which shall be defined as any American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog, or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identifiable as predominantly of the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Bull Terrier.

City: Center Point

Ordinance:

5-22

Last Verified:

05/04/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

March 2008

Breeds:

Pit Bulls

Type:

Ban

Excerpt

(a)Prohibited. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess within the corporate limits of the city:(1)Any pit bulls, vicious, and dangerous dogs: provided, that dogs registered with the city on the date of publication of the from which this section is derived may be kept within the city subject to the standards and requirements set forth in subsection (b). "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean:a.The bull terrier breed of dog;b.Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;c.The American pit bull terrier breed of dogd.The American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;e.Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs, or pit bull terriers;f.Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the breeds bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American Staffordshire terrier, any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull terriers; or a combination of any of those breeds.

City: Fayette

Ordinance:

3-70 & 3-71

Last Verified:

05/07/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

June 2009

Breeds:

Pit Bulls

Type:

Ban

Excerpt

For the purposes of this article, "prohibited animal" means and includes:
(1) Any pit bull dog. "Pit bull dog" is defined to mean:
a. The bull terrier breed of dog;
b. Staffordshire bull terrier breed of dog;
c. American pit bull terrier breed of dog;
d. American Staffordshire terrier breed of dog;
e. Dogs of mixed breed or of other breeds than above listed which breed or mixed breed is
known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs, or pit bull terriers;
f. Any dog which has the appearance and characteristics of being predominantly of the
breeds: bull terrier, Staffordshire bull terrier, American pit bull terrier, American
Staffordshire terrier, any other breed commonly known as pit bulls, pit bull dogs or pit bull
terriers; or a combination of any of those breeds.
(Ord. No. 2009-02, § 5, 6-9-09)
§ 3-71. Prohibition.
As of July 3, 2009, it shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or have charge, custody, control or
possession of a prohibited animal within the corporate limits of the city.

Source:

PDF Codes

City: Jacksonville City

Ordinance:

5-51

Last Verified:

05/04/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

Unknown

Breeds:

Pit Bull

Type:

Declared “Dangerous”

Excerpt

Potentially dangerous dog means any Pit Bull Terrier (which shall be defined as any American Pit Bull Terrier or Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier breed of dog), Rottweiler, or canid/wolf hybrids or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of a Pit Bull Terrier (as defined above), Rottweiler, or canid/wolf hybrid.

City: Lanett

Ordinance:

6-8-c

Last Verified:

05/04/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

Unknown

Breeds:

Pit Bull, Presa Canario

Type:

Ban

Excerpt

Certain breeds prohibited. It shall be unlawful for any person to keep, harbor, own, or in any way possess within the corporate city limits of the city or within the police jurisdiction of the city:
Any pit bull dog or presa canario dog; provided, that pit bull dogs or presa canario dog owned within the city or its police jurisdiction on the effective date of this section may be kept within the city subject to the standards and requirements set forth in this subsection (c).

City: Midfield

Ordinance:

10-73

Last Verified:

05/07/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

Nov 2012

Breeds:

Pit Bull

Type:

Ban

Excerpt

(a)Prohibited. It shall be unlawful to keep, harbor, own or in any way possess Pit Bulls, vicious and dangerous dogs within the corporate limits of the city.

City: Tarrant

Ordinance:

3-1

Last Verified:

05/07/2022

Ordinance Adopted:

June 2002

Breeds:

Pit Bull, Rottweilers , bull terrier

Type:

Declared “Vicious”

Excerpt

Sectio n 3-1: Although any type of animal may fit within the definition of a vicious animal, the following types of dogs are per se declared to fall within this definition: pit bulls, Rottweilers, and bull terriers. For purposes of this section, "pit bull" means any pit bull terrier of the Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier breed of dog or any mixed breed of dog which contains as an element of its breeding the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier as to be identified as partially of the breed of Staffordshire Bull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, or American Pit Bull Terrier.

Repealed Ordinances

The following is a list of breed-specific ordinances which have been repealed.
The list is in alphabetical order.

City: Irondale

Old Ordinance:

3.90 & 3.91

Breeds:

Pit Bulls

Removal Date:

April 2019

Source(s):

Ordianance# 2019-12

City: Gardendale

Old Ordinance:

8-127

Breeds:

Pit Bulls

Removal Date:

March 2019

Source(s):

Ordianance# 2019-007

City: Gadsden

Old Ordinance:

10-221

Breeds:

Pit Bulls

Removal Date:

Jan 2020

Source(s):

Prior rdinance labeled Pit Bulls as "dangerous animal"
Ordianance# 0-03-20

City: Weaver

Old Ordinance:

8-88

Breeds:

Pit Bulls

Removal Date:

Jan 2020

Source(s):

Prior rdinance labeled Pit Bulls as "dangerous animal" No direct repeal ordiancne found. Just editors notoes
Editor's note— An ordinance adopted Apr. 24, 2018, deleted Art. IV, §§ 8-88—8-103 which was entitled "Vicious Dogs."

List of Breed Specific Legislation in Alabama

City Ordinance Breeds Type of Ordinance Last Checked Notes
Albertville Section: 4-36 Pit bulls Declared "Dangerous" 2/1/2013 Website cold not be reached to verify
Center Point Ordinance 2008-04 Pit Bulls Ban 2/1/2023 None
Fayette Section: 3-70 & 3-71 Pit Bulls Ban 2/1/2023 None
Jacksonville City Section: 5-51 Pit Bulls, Rottweilers & Wolf-Dogs Declared "Dangerous" 2/1/2023 None
Lanett Section: 6-8 Pit Bulls & Presa Canario Ban 2/1/2023 None
Midfield Section: 10-73 Pit Bulls Ban 2/1/2023 None
Tarrant Section: 3-1 and 3-12 Pit bulls, Bull Rottweilers & Terriers Declared "Vicious" 2/1/2023 None

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