Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Animal Welfare and Behavior (MSc AWB)

First Advisor

Jennifer Punt, VMD, PhD

Second Advisor

Thomas Parsons, VMD, PhD


Breed Specific Legislation exists in 719 localities across the United States, the majority of places target Pit Bulls, either in conjunction with other breeds or solely. The negative view of Pit Bulls is based on a multitude of factors, one of which could be the perception of the likely owner of this breed. Pit Bulls are frequently associated with inner-city persons of color, although this has not always been the case. Other breeds have been identified in the past as being the most dangerous breed; however, Breed Specific Legislation started with the change in perception of the Pit Bull. This paper examines the correlation between areas which implemented Breed Specific Legislation and the racial demographics of the community.