Category Archives: Outside of U.S.

Sydney, AU – Victoria Dog Victim’s Family Back Breeding Ban

Lazor and Nick Josevski contributed to Ayen Chol’s death in 2011, according to Victorian Coroner Kim Parkinson.

Parkinson found the owners of “Rex”, an American Pit Bull, failed to follow existing laws requiring their dog be registered, desexed, microchipped and secured at their property.

Ayen died in her St. Albans home in 2011 when Rex escaped through an open door from his owners property.  Rex attacked Ayne’s aunt and 5 year old cousin before turning on her.

In a statement released through their attorney, Ayen’s family said, “Ayen died because the dog owners failed to comply with the law.”

Coroner Parkinson has recommended that criminal sanctions apply to breeders of restricted breed dogs and that the onus of establishing whether a dog is classified as such rest on the woner rather than on authorities.  She also recommended mandatory reporting by veterinarians of any restricted breed or suspected restricted breed dog which is unregistered, not desexed and not microchipped as required by law.

Ayen’s family asked the Government through their statement released by Attorney Ike Nwokolo, “I would encourage and ask on behalf of the family that the government put in place the recommendations.”

According to the coroner’s report, Zlate Lazarovski supplied Rex to his cousin Nick, therefore also contributing to Ayen’s death because he knew the dog breed was restricted and his breeding was unauthorized.

The Australian Veterinary Association did not support mandatory reporting of restricted breeds by Veterinarians, saying it is not possible to definitively identify a pit bull and stated the recommendations could discourage owners from seeking care for their animals leading them to suffer needlessly.

http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8540047

UPDATE: Australia- Dangerous Dog Laws Fail to Accomplish Convictions

Second Council reports coming as a result of the one year anniversary of the Domestic Animals Act anniversary:

WYNDHAM Council has not seized any restricted breed dogs under tougher dangerous dog laws brought in a year ago.

But it is investigating two dog attack-related matters for court action.

It has been a year since the State Government introduced tough new legislation covering dangerous dogs.

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The regulations were dubbed “Ayen’s law” after four-year-old St Albans girl Ayen Chol, who was killed by an unregistered pit bull cross.

Owners of dangerous, menacing or restricted dogs can face jail if their dog kills a person.

Since the legislation came into effect, the Wyndham Council has not seized any dangerous dogs.

There are 31 registered restricted breed dogs in Wyndham.

The council said it had inspected properties where dangerous dogs were being kept.

No dogs have been surrendered or euthanised, acting chief executive Bill Forrest said.

Since January 1, 127 dog attacks have been reported to the council.

“Wyndham City rangers are currently investigating two dog attack incidents, both involving minor injuries on other dogs,” Mr Forrest said.
http://wyndham-leader.whereilive.com.au/lifestyle/story/no-dogs-seized-in-wyndham/

 

According to news out of Moonee Valley, a small area located within Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has received 24 reports of suspected dangerous dogs since changes to the 1994 Domestic Animals Act went into affect almost a year ago.

The changes stipulated only restricted-breed dogs registered before September 30th, 2011 would be allowed to stay in Victoria.

The revised law, which was made effective September 1st of last year, required registration, spay/neuter and microchipping of existing dogs that would have to be secured in an enclosure with warning signs.

Two unregistered ‘restricted breed’ dogs have been identified within the past year according to Council Chief Executive Neville Smith.  One of the two was voluntarily surrendered by the owner while the second is currently awaiting a court ruling while in the custody of officials.

Only four restricted dogs and one cross-breed are currently registered in Moonee Valley.

“While we have experienced dog attacks in Moonee Valley, the majority of these have not involved dogs that the State Government have classified as restricted breed dogs,” Smith said.  “This is a complex issue and counsil understand community concerns regarding dangerous breeds of dogs and their potential to harm.”

http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dog-laws-show-bite-moonee-valley-stats-show/

UPDATE: Moonee Valley, AU – Dangerous Dog Laws Fail to Accomplish Convictions

According to news out of Moonee Valley, a small area located within Melbourne, Victoria, Australia has received 24 reports of suspected dangerous dogs since changes to the 1994 Domestic Animals Act went into affect almost a year ago.

The changes stipulated only restricted-breed dogs registered before September 30th, 2011 would be allowed to stay in Victoria.

The revised law, which was made effective September 1st of last year, required registration, spay/neuter and microchipping of existing dogs that would have to be secured in an enclosure with warning signs.

Two unregistered ‘restricted breed’ dogs have been identified within the past year according to Council Chief Executive Neville Smith.  One of the two was voluntarily surrendered by the owner while the second is currently awaiting a court ruling while in the custody of officials.

Only four restricted dogs and one cross-breed are currently registered in Moonee Valley.

“While we have experienced dog attacks in Moonee Valley, the majority of these have not involved dogs that the State Government have classified as restricted breed dogs,” Smith said.  “This is a complex issue and counsil understand community concerns regarding dangerous breeds of dogs and their potential to harm.”

http://moonee-valley-leader.whereilive.com.au/news/story/dog-laws-show-bite-moonee-valley-stats-show/

White Rock, BC Canada – BSL Discussed

Residents of White Rock anticipated a lengthy discussion of a potential proposal for banning pit bulls after a 4-year old girl was attacked by a pit bull last month.

The motion up for discussion instead recognized aggressive dogs as a concern for the community, admitting that the possibility of a breed-based dog ban in White Rock was unlikely.

Prior to the meeting, the Council Agenda reflected the staff recommendation that a letter be issued to the provincial government requesting it look at the potential of dangerous dog breed bans.

White Rock officials concerns center around the resources necessary to deal with the matter, recognizing the potential impact such ban(s) would have on current resources and feared the need to limit other services would be the end result.

“Municipal Bylaws are structured to handle nuisance dogs, aggressive dogs and dangerous dogs and it is difficult for a municipality to ban or take action against a certain breed of dog because of their crossbreed and different variants that are possible,” staff shared in the recommendation.

http://www.thenownewspaper.com/news/bull+council+agenda/7258019/story.html

Hamburg, Germany: Dog Owners Protest for Change

On Saturday 150 dog owners of controlled breeds organized to protest current German law. Currently, owners of dogs such as pit bulls and bull terriers must hold a special behavior permit for their pets and pay for a €600, or $755.48, annual license as well as muzzle and leash their dogs in public.

A similar demonstration took place in Düsseldorf the previous weekend with 240 people participating in an organized walk with animals classed as fighting dogs.

Dangerous dog laws were introduced on a Germany-wide basis in response to attacks on people, but the enforcement is administered by individual states.

The issue comes up for debate in Hamburg later this month, Government could relax the rules.
http://www.thelocal.de/society/20120902-44725.html

Maple Ridge, BC, Canada: BSL proposed

Proposed Maple Ridge bylaw to single out pit bulls

By Robert Mangelsdorf – Maple Ridge News

Published: July 17, 2012 4:00 PM

District of Maple Ridge staff are recommending a new dog bylaw that singles out pit bulls as “aggressive” and would charge their owners a licensing fee four times that of other breeds.

The fee would apply to pit bull terriers, Staffordshire bull terriers, American Staffordshire terriers, American pit bull terriers, or a cross of any of the breeds.

Pit bull owners would be required to pay a $200 “aggressive dog” licensing fee annually, and require their dog to be muzzled when off the owner’s property. Pit bulls would also be subject to higher impound fees. […]

Full article retrieved 7/17/12 from http://www.mapleridgenews.com/news/162800096.html

Please send your RESPECTFUL correspondence to city council in opposition to a breed-specific bylaw. Please also include viable breed-neutral alternatives.

Contact info for Maple Ridge:
Mayor and Council, District of Maple Ridge, 11995 Haney Place, Maple Ridge, B.C. V2X 6A9
Tel: 604-463-5221
Fax: 604-467-7329
mayorandcouncil@mapleridge.ca
Council meeting dates and agendas: http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/council/council_meetings.html
To speak at the next council meeting, read the info on this page: http://www.mapleridge.ca/EN/main/municipal/council/contact_council.html

East Coast bike relay event to protest BSL, Aug 29–Sept 2

Bless the Bullys Pit Bull Rescue & Education and Southern Ontario Animal Rescue (SOAR) invite you to take part in a unique effort to bring awareness to breed specific legislation, rescue, and responsible dog ownership.

Bikers and Bullys Without Borders” is a bike ride from Miami, Florida to Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and is an effort to demonstrate a united stance against BSL. Just as BSL has no borders, the effort to stop it knows no borders, as well.

The ride is taking place from August 29 to September 2, 2012. It starts in Miami, FL and goes up the east coast finishing in Toronto, Canada.

We are dedicating the ride to Lennox and the Barnes family, the people who loved and fought to save his life. After a two year battle, Lennox was killed last week by the Belfast, Ireland council simply because he looked like a “pit bull.” We are having a stuffed Lennox made, and along each stop on the route, he will be handed off to the next group of riders, along with any notes of condolence and support to the Barnes family. After the ride, both the stuffed Lennox and all the cards and letters will be sent to the Barnes family to show that although we are separated by thousands of miles, we stand united with them in their fight, and we all mourn the death of an innocent animal.

You don’t need to be part of an animal welfare organization to take part in the ride…you only need to have a desire to see BSL come to an end so that no dog and no family ever face the heartbreak and anguish of breed specific legislation again.

SOAR is organizing the troops for a vote on the Ontario pit bull ban in September, and using the bike rally as a fundraiser for their efforts to end BSL there. However, those taking parts in the states can simply use the ride to bring awareness to the fight against BSL, and to promote rescue and responsible dog ownership.

We need every leg of the ride filled – even if its just one bike – so that Lennox and our messages to the family can make it to Canada. Please consider taking part in this very special event, and share this with your friends and bike clubs who may be interested in taking part. Just like the effort to stop BSL, we really need YOU to make this happen!

More information on the ride can be found at the SOAR website, or you can contact me at jodi@blessthebullys.com. The route for the ride can be found here.