New bill would restrict certain dog breeds

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GREENSBORO, N.C.-- A state lawmaker has filed a bill that classifies six breeds of dogs as "aggressive." Representative Rodney Moore of Mecklenburg County is sponsoring a bill that would make it tougher for people who wanted to own an "aggressive dog."

The six breeds of dogs that the bill classifies as aggressive are pit bulls, Rottweilers, chows, mastiffs, Presa Canarios, and wolf hybrids. Representative Moore told FOX8 that he compiled the list of breeds from information he gather from insurance companies.

If the bill passes, people who wanted to own an "aggressive dog" would have to pass a criminal background check, apply and pay for a state permit, notify the property insurer, and take a four-hour long educational class.

Vanessa Kearney with The Merit Pit Bull Foundation doesn't think the proposed bill is fair.

"It targets responsible and irresponsible dog owners. It doesn't differentiate between the two," Kearney said.

The Guilford County Animal Shelter sees mostly pit bulls come through their doors. Each week about 50-75 pit bulls are processed.

"There are a lot of reasons. A lot of landlords don't allow them, people don't have time for them," said Marsha Williams, with the Guilford County Animal Shelter.

Representative Moore told FOX8 that he is working on making a few changes to the bill.