8 'Dangerous' Dog Breeds Banned From Entering Israel

Amiram Cohen
Tsahar Rotem, Haaretz Correspondents
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Amiram Cohen
Tsahar Rotem, Haaretz Correspondents

The Agriculture Ministry's veterinary services released new regulations Monday banning eight breeds of dog classified as dangerous from entering Israel, after an Amstaff attacked and killed a four-year-old girl last week.

The regulations also require that dogs considered dangerous that are already in Israel be neutered by the end of the year. In addition to Amstaffs, other newly banned breeds include Bull Terriers, Pitbulls and Rottweilers.

In addition, dogs of these breeds must be muzzled and on a leash while in public.

Municipal attorney: Don't put down killer dog Tel Aviv municipal officials and the Agriculture Ministry were fighting Monday over the fate of the family Amstaff that mauled four-year-old Avivit Ganon to death in Tel Aviv last Thursday.

The latest ruling came from Tel Aviv's municipal attorney, in which he said Monday evening that it was illegal to put the dog to sleep.

The attorney's decision contradicted the directive issued by Agriculture Minister Yisrael Katz earlier in the day, when he instructed the municipal veterinarian of Tel Aviv, Dr. Zvi Galin, to put the dog to sleep immediately.

Prior to Katz's decision, the Tel Aviv municipality announced that it planned to use 10 Amstaffs in security patrols throughout the country. The dogs include Trip, the Amstaff that killed Ganon.

Another Amstaff attacked a six-year-old boy in Tiberias last Saturday, biting his back and hand.

Galin said he decided to put the dogs to work after dozens of the dogs were deposited by worried owners at the city's pounds in the wake of the fatal attack.

Ganon family said angered at media portrayal The Ganon family members have refused to talk to the media, reportedly angered by how they had been portrayed in the news. Relatives and neighbors denied the report that the father used to beat the dog with a stick.

The parents, Avivit and her 6-month-old sister, moved into a public housing flat in Tel Aviv's Neveh Eliezer neighborhood about two weeks ago.

Until recently, the father had served a year and a half in prison for drug offenses. He received Trip as a puppy some two years ago.

Relatives said that when he went to prison he gave the dog to a friend, a family man with children, to look after. When he came home, the friend returned the dog.

"The father brought him as a guard dog. This is not a safe area," a relative said.

A few days before the disaster, Trip killed a Pinscher owned by a brother-in-law.

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