Breed-Specific Legislation

The City of Everett has breed-specific legislation that classifies pit bulls as 'potentially dangerous dogs.'

EMC 6.08.010(B)(3) defines pit bulls as:

Any dog known by the owner to be a pit bull terrier, which shall be defined in this chapter 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, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier as to be identifiable as partially of the breed of American Pit Bull Terrier, Staffordshire Bull Terrier or American Staffordshire Terrier.

Pit bulls living within the City of Everett have the following requirements:

1. While on the owner's property, they "shall be securely confined indoors or in a securely enclosed and locked pen or structure, suitable to prevent the entry of young children and designed to prevent the animal from escaping. Such pen or structure shall have secure sides and a secure top, and shall also provide protection from the elements for the dog."

2. While outside of the proper enclosure, the dog must be "restrained by a substantial chain or leash and under physical restraint of a responsible person."

3. Pit bulls are required to be microchipped.