That very broad blanket sweeps up some 800 dogs in the county annually, taking them to a shelter where roughly half end their days.
Even Precious faced tough odds of being reunited with her family. But her sudden celebrity may have been her ticket out of the shelter. Images of this devoted dog flooded social media, along with outrage over her incarceration.
While it won't be easy to forget Precious, what about the thousands of dogs who don't make national news? What happens to other dogs in Prince George's County who were born under a "bad" breed?
Well, they do have a chance to make bail. After paying a $150 fee, owners have the right to take their case to another authority.
"Technically, the recourse is to go before the commission for animal control," Lefkowitz explains.
But that commission, she adds, has less expertise in breed identification than animal control.
"They don't go by DNA," Lefkowitz says. "It's very subjective."