1912: ‘Pit’ Bulldog Muzzle Ordinance, Maysville, KY

City Council…
Daily Public Ledger
August 6, 1912
Maysville, Kentucky
Library of Congress

Under suspension of the rules a “bull dog” ordinance was passed and adopted making it unlawful for such animals to run at larger unmuzzled under penalty of a $5 fee. – Daily Public Ledger

The bulldog of the late 1800s and early 1900s is the same dog as today’s pit bull terrier. The only thing that has changed about this dog breed in the last century are the different names it goes by: bulldog, pit dog, bull pit, bull terrier — pit bull terrier. Modern dogfighters still call their fighting pit bulls “100% bulldog.” (See: Disguise breed name)
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