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Assembly Approves Bill Aimed At Regulating Vicious Dogs

Sacramento, CA — State lawmakers have approved a bill that gives local governments authority to regulate certain dog breeds.

The decision was spurred by a recent rash of pit bull attacks on children in California. Current state law prohibits municipalities from passing any ordinance that targets a specific breed of dog.

But the bill passed yesterday by the Legislature allows local governments to require spaying and neutering of specific breeds and shut down those who are breeding attack dogs.

The measure still requires approval by the Senate and Governor Schwarzenegger.

San Francisco, where a 12-year-old boy was mauled to death by a family pit bull in June, is poised to become the first part of the state to approve such an ordinance.