breed specific legislation

Ohio

The measure that took effect Tuesday changes current law that defines a vicious dog as one that has seriously hurt or killed a person, killed another dog or is among those commonly known as pit bulls. The new measure removes the reference to pit bulls from the definition and requires evidence to prove pit bulls are actually vicious. (source)

Great job, Ohio!

Senate Says Cities Can’t Ban Pit Bulls, Other Dog Breeds

[Sen. Ellis] Black says a dog should be judged by its behavior alone.

“You can find vicious dogs among just about every breed, and no one particular breed is exempt from having dogs that have good dispositions and very faithful companions,” says Black, ‘‘and it would be unjust to condemn these dogs just simply because of their genetics.”

Props, Georgia!

This is Lennox. Tomorrow at 7 am, he will be put to sleep in Belfast, Northern Ireland, solely because he RESEMBLES a Pitbull. He is actually an American Bulldog/Lab mix, but the powers that be don’t care. He was seized from his family TWO YEARS ago under the UK’s ‘Dangerous Dogs Act.’ It is absolutely heartbreaking to see that this innocent dog will be killed because of someone’s irrational fear. Breed Specific Legislations IS discrimination and it is WRONG. Saying it’s OK to kill Pits and Bully breeds and even dogs who LOOK like Pits is like saying it’s OK to kill someone just because they’re black or hispanic or asian. BSL is NOT ok and it NEEDS to go. Say a prayer for Lennox and his family tonight, and if you have a Pittie, pray they never have to go through what Lennox has to.

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UPDATE: LENNOX HAS BEEN PUT TO SLEEP - “Despite previous assurances otherwise, we have been denied the opportunity to say goodbye. We have also been told that we cannot collect his body and bring Len home. We have been informed however that we will receive "some” ashes in the mail.“

Despite worldwide opposition and multiple offers by reputable dog trainers to transfer Lennox to the U.S., the Belfast City Council has euthanized Lennox. I put off writing this post as long as possible in the hopes that Lennox would be spared at the last minute – unfortunately, Lennox is gone.  

I have nothing but love and respect for the people of Northern Ireland.  

As for the Belfast City Council, I have nothing but disdain – You took Lennox away from his home, separated him from his family for two years, ignored reasonable solutions that were presented to you, denied the family the opportunity to say goodbye, and killed him. You disgust me.

(For the full backstory please click here)

Help Save Lennox the Dog!

On the 19th May 2010, Lennox, a now six year old American Bull dog Labrador cross was wrongfully seized by Belfast City Council Dog Wardens from his loving family home where he lives with his owners and his kennel mates. Lennox committed no crime nor did any member of the public complain about him.

PLEASE HELP TO SAVE LENNOX!! – http://savelennoxlaw.wordpress.com/

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Pit bull lovers, I need you!

Inside the Dark Dark Sick Minds of Pit Bulls and other Dangerous Dog Owners is a hate page that promotes violence towards “bully breeds”, and even is telling people to adopt dogs for the specific purpose of putting them down.

Please report their photos, their page and their posts. This hate group MUST be taken down. They are spreading false facts about our beloved, misunderstood pitties, and they are encouraging animal abuse and violence.

Please note that there is another page with the same name, that was created to counteract this hate group. You can like them here

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