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Long Island, NY Dog Owners Snarl Over Breed Specific Laws

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By Kristine Johnson for WCBSTV.com

ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBS) ― Hundreds of angry dog owners lashed out in protest Wednesday over a new law in one Long Island village banning certain breeds.

The vicious snarling wasn’t coming from the dogs lined up around the block, rather it was from their owners, furious over a weeks-old law banning Pit Bulls and Rottweilers in the village of Rockville Centre.

“Basically they can come, trespass on your property and steal your puppies if they’re Pit Bulls or Rottweillers for the sole purpose of destroying them,” said Pit Bull owner Jennifer DeFransesco.

The law hit the books on June 8 and bans anyone living in the village from owning the two breeds. Current owners are grandfathered in, but must now meet a number of provisions. They include spaying or neutering their dogs, keeping them leashed and muzzled when in public, and carrying a $100,000 insurance policy.

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