Category Archives: Breed Specific Legislation

Disgusting – Plainfield Residents Protest Dogs’ Return Home After Violent Attack ( 6 rottweilers )

Family and friends of a home health-care worker mauled by dogs while on the job in Plainfield last December are protesting the town’s decision to return four of the dogs to their owners.
In the eight months since, Lynne Denning has undergone more than a dozen surgeries and is taking legal action against the town.
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Plainfield officials returned four of the six dogs in question to their owners last week. Denning’s supporters say the decision violates her rights – and the law – since the state Department of Agriculture has not held a hearing on the case.
“(It’s) heart wrenching because you don’t want something to happen to somebody else,” said Denning’s daughter, Bridgett Labrecque. “You know, this is tragic enough, and I think it needed to end here and not go any further.”
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Protesters gathered at Plainfield Town Hall for Monday night’s board of selectman meeting and vented their frustrations.
“The dogs literally tore Lynne’s face off and ripped chunks of her body off all over her entire body,” said Liz Marsden of Connecticut Residents Opposing Unsafe Dogs. “This is not a little garden variety bite.”
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First Selectman Paul Sweet addressed the crowd at Monday’s meeting, limiting public comment on the decision to send the dogs home. He pointed out that the town sought legal advice before releasing the dogs and said the owners agreed to unspecified stipulations.
“If the state Department of Agriculture would have had this hearing sooner, most likely these four dogs would have been released a lot sooner,” Sweet said. “Because this has been going on with the sideshow with the state, we’re in the position that we’re in, but what we’re doing, we believe is 100 percent lawful.”
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Officials with the Department of Agriculture declined to comment Monday, only saying they’re finalizing a hearing date.
“We cannot comment on this case because we are the adjudicating agency in the appeal of the order,” said department spokesman Ray Connors.
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In the past, the department has said it’s not uncommon for hearings to be held more than a year later.

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All pitbull owners should have their first born children killed

http://www.wfla.com/story/27885618/2-dogs-attack-kill-hernando-toddler

Brooksville – Little Declin Moss loved to play outdoors. At just 18-months-old, he frolicked around the yard and enjoyed being outside in his rural Brooksville neighborhood.

That’s where the toddler was Monday morning alongside the family dogs, Max and Thumper. Neighbors tell 8 On Your Side the pets were pit bulls, and that all of a sudden, Declin was in danger.

Charles Shorey cried as he described the toddler, “He was a beautiful kid. I feel sorry for the mother. She’s, she’s fighting and struggling.”

The toddler’s grandfather ran outside and witnessed a horrifying sight around 11 a.m. – two snarling, barking dogs mauling his grandson.

The dogs wouldn’t let go of each other or the baby.

The grandfather called 911, but it was too late. Little Declin was gone.

“I’m going to let her know that I’m here for her, if she needs anything,” said Shorey, wiping away tears.

Shorey admits that while the dogs never hurt any children or adults, the pets were dangerous to other animals. In fact, he told News Channel 8 that Max and Thumper have killed smaller dogs in the past.

“It is a terrible, terrible event today. Obviously, even those of us who work with death and dying and serious injury, the firefighters on scene were heartbroken,” said Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis.

We asked the Sheriff if deputies had ever been called out to the address before for a dangerous dog complaint. The answer was no. Detectives are doing a thorough investigation to determine if criminal charges will be filed.

Stay with WFLA.com for updates about this breaking story

Perhaps Pit Bulls should be regulated in the same way that firearms are??

Perhaps Pit Bulls should be regulated in the same way that firearms are. 1.) They should be registered. 2.) Prospective owners should pass a test showing that they know how to be a responsible owner before being allowed to acquire one. 3.) Felons should not be in possession of one.
In addition, unless you are a licensed breeder your pit bull needs to be neutered as almost all fatal pit bull attacks have been by unneutered males. Not to mention that one million Pit Bulls die in shelters every year.
We do not make a big deal about people owning BB guns or Pellet guns even though someone could very well shoot you with one. We get more excited about people owning 9mm and 45cal, etc. because they are more dangerous if you do, in fact, get shot with one of those. The same argument can be made for Pit Bulls as opposed to, say, a Boston Terrier. The Boston Terrier might very well bite you … but you are much less likely to be permanently maimed by it.

Charges laid in two high-profile pit bull attacks \\\

Charges have been laid in two recent high-profile dog attacks involving pit bulls.

Friday, city bylaw officials announced charges in connection with a fatal mauling that occurred on Dec. 31 that left one dog dead and another injured.

Charges were also laid in a Jan. 2 incident where two pit bulls escaped a yard and attacked a women who suffered serious bites.

Bylaw co-ordinator Doug Anderson said serious attacks like these are rare and in both cases the pit bulls involved were seized for assessment.

“It’s rare to have two serious cases this close together and also to have them involve the same breed of dog,” Anderson said.

The owner of three pit bulls that tore apart a Pomeranian and injured a Great Pyrenees on New Year’s Eve faces a total of six charges including one count of causing death to an animal.

The other owner will also face charges in connection with incident including two charges of a dog at large.

Bylaw officials have also laid charges in a separate incident that saw a woman hospitalized with serious bite wounds after two dogs escaped a yard in Whitehorn.

Both dogs were seized and remain in the custody of bylaw services.

The owners of the dogs have been charged with one count of a dog attack on a person and one count of a dog biting a person.

In both cases, the owners face mandatory court appearances and fines to be determined by a provincial judge.

“In these odd cases that pop up, we’re certainly going to try and make it so they don’t happen again,” said Anderson.

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Beliefs that can not be countered with evidence

There are certain beliefs that can not be countered with evidence: 1. Women who marry men on death row or serving life without parole, because ‘he is spiritually good’. 2. Suzanne Somers cancer cure is better than going to the Mayo Clinic. 3.There is no such thing as a ‘bad pit bull’, only bad owners.

Police: 44-year-old woman in critical condition after pit bull attack – Could be the second fataility of 2013 by pit bulls in less than 10 days

A 44-year-old Upstate woman is in critical condition after she was attacked by pit bulls overnight, according to Spartanburg Public Safety Capt. Art Littlejohn.

Littlejohn said that at about 2 a.m. police were called by someone who said they heard a woman being attacked by dogs.

Officers reached the location in the 700 block of South Center Street within three minutes, police said.

The incident report said an officer saw two or three dogs “biting/eating” a woman who was lying on the ground.

The officer said he shouted at the dogs and kicked leaves at them, and they started to run away, but returned to attacking the woman.

One of the dogs turned toward the officer and was shot and killed.

A second dog charged at an officer, but ran off when shots were fired. The officers kept that dog and a third dog away from the victim while EMS treated the woman and took her to the hospital.

The woman has been identified as Dreamer Denise Rice, who lives on South Center Street.

Littlejohn said Rice suffered bites to her arms, legs abdomen and face. Police said her wounds are very serious.

The owner of the dogs lives over the city line in Spartanburg County, so the Spartanburg County Environmental Enforcement Unit is working with Spartanburg Public Safety on the case.
The EEU has issued three citations against the owner for the dogs not having current inoculations. Police said more charges may be filed.

The two surviving dogs were seized by Animal Services officers.

The Humane Society, that described the dogs as pit bull mixes, said the dogs will remain in quarantine while the investigation continues. The dogs will be held for at least five days. At that point, the Humane Society vet, DHEC and law enforcement will make a decision about what action to take.

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Positives of Bsl / Positives of breed specific laws – Arguments for breed specific laws BSL

Breed-specific legislation is a law passed by a legislative body pertaining to a specific breed or breeds of domesticated animals. In practice, it generally refers to laws pertaining to a specific dog breed or breeds.

Some jurisdictions have enacted breed-specific legislation in response to a number of well-publicized incidents involving pit bull-type dogs or other dog breeds commonly used in dog fighting, and some government organizations such as the United States Army and Marine Corps have taken administrative action as well. This legislation ranges from outright bans on the possession of these dogs, to restrictions and conditions on ownership, and often establishes a legal presumption that these dogs are prima facie legally “dangerous” or “vicious.” In response, some state-level governments in the United States have prohibited or restricted the ability of municipal governments within those states to enact breed-specific legislation.

Certain dog breeds including pit bulls are a public safety issue that merits actions such as banning ownership, mandatory spay/neuter for all dogs of these breeds, mandatory microchip implants and liability insurance, or prohibiting people convicted of a felony from owning them.

There is a large group that says, “ban pit bulls and their closely related breeds.” This group of advocates is diverse and respected, and it even includes Ingrid Newkirk, the president of PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals). They see the pit bull as overly dangerous and overly abused by mankind. The danger of pit bulls and Rottweilers is well established, in that they account for 75% of all reported canine-inflicted human deaths in the past two decades. It is undisputed that pit bulls in particular are the most abused dog in the USA; created for the specific purpose of violence, the dogs are treated cruelly to make them as dangerous as possible, and are routinely abandoned when they are not vicious enough for their evil masters.

There are two articles that present very well the argument in support of breed bans. The first is by an attorney who won the famous Denver breed ban case. The City of Denver passed a breed ban against pit bulls which the State of Colorado attempted to overturn. The State lost in court because the City produced the evidence that pit bulls are more dangerous than other dogs. The story of that case, and a review of that evidence, is contained in Nelson K. One City’s Experience – Why Pit Bulls Are More Dangerous and Breed-Specific Legislation is Justified. Muni Lawyer, July/August 2005, Vol. 46, No. 4.

The second is an article that considered the problem from a humane standpoint. The following rationale for banning pit bulls appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle on June 8, 2005. It was written by Ingrid Newkirk, the president of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and the author of “Making Kind Choices” (St. Martin’s Griffin, 2005).
Controlling an animal as deadly as a weapon
— Ingrid Newkirk
Most people have no idea that at many animal shelters across the country, any pit bull that comes through the front door doesn’t go out the back door alive. From California to New York, many shelters have enacted policies requiring the automatic destruction of the huge and ever-growing number of “pits” they encounter. This news shocks and outrages the compassionate dog-lover.
Here’s another shocker: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the very organization that is trying to get you to denounce the killing of chickens for the table, foxes for fur or frogs for dissection, supports the shelters’ pit-bull policy, albeit with reluctance. We further encourage a ban on breeding pit bulls.
The pit bull’s ancestor, the Staffordshire terrier, is a human concoction, bred in my native England, I’m ashamed to say, as a weapon. These dogs were designed specifically to fight other animals and kill them, for sport. Hence the barrel chest, the thick hammer-like head, the strong jaws, the perseverance and the stamina. Pits can take down a bull weighing in at over a thousand pounds, so a human being a tenth of that weight can easily be seriously hurt or killed.
Pit bulls are perhaps the most abused dogs on the planet. These days, they are kept for protection by almost every drug dealer and pimp in every major city and beyond. You can drive into any depressed area and see them being used as cheap burglar alarms, wearing heavy logging chains around their necks (they easily break regular collars and harnesses), attached to a stake or metal drum or rundown doghouse without a floor and with holes in the roof. Bored juveniles sic them on cats, neighbors’ small dogs and even children.
In the PETA office, we have a file drawer chock-full of accounts of attacks in which these ill-treated dogs with names like “Murder” and “Homicide” have torn the faces and fingers off infants and even police officers trying to serve warrants. Before I co-founded PETA, I served as the chief of animal-disease control and director of the animal shelter in the District of Columbia for many years. Over and over again, I waded into ugly situations and pulled pit bulls from people who beat and starved them, or chained them to metal drums as “guard” dogs, or trained them to attack people and other animals. It is this abuse, and the tragedy that comes from it, that motivates me.
Those who argue against a breeding ban and the shelter euthanasia policy for pit bulls are naive, as shown by the horrifying death of Nicholas Faibish, the San Francisco 12-year-old who was mauled by his family’s pit bulls.
Tales like this abound. I have scars on my leg and arm from my own encounter with a pit. Many are loving and will kiss on sight, but many are unpredictable. An unpredictable Chihuahua is one thing, an unpredictable pit another.
People who genuinely care about dogs won’t be affected by a ban on pit- bull breeding. They can go to the shelter and save one of the countless other breeds and lovable mutts sitting on death row. We can only stop killing pits if we stop creating new ones. Legislators, please take note.

REASONS WHY BSL IS Positive and EFFECTIVE IN PROTECTING THE PUBLIC
– Dog control problems are people problems, and are not limited to a breed or mix. However some breeds are more prone to do certain things – pit bulls are more prone to attack and not let go while hunting dogs are more prone to hunt.

– Banning a breed or declaring it inherently vicious punishes those responsible dog owners but also stops a violent animal being in a public place example alligators cannot be kept as pets in many areas – to protect the public .

– Breeds and mixes are easy to identify with simple dna testing .

– The “pit bull” is a TYPE of dog bred for fighting

– Laws on “types” of dogs will cause owners of those “types” to move away or respect bsl laws – meaning they will have to muzzle their dog in public – giving the public greater safety and stops kids getting mauled