The Cumberland County, NC, Animal Control Board is considering a plan to kill stray “pit bulls,” Rottweilers, Chows, and Presa Canarios, and mixes of these, rather than find these dogs loving new homes. The bizarre logic behind this move seems to be: “No one responsible adopts these breeds anyway, so why even bother to try?”
Cumberland County Animal Control wants to limit adoptions of certain dog breeds
By Nancy McCleary
Published: 03:06 PM, Wed Nov 30, 2011
[…] The board is suggesting that county residents be banned from adopting Rottweilers, American Staffordshire terriers, pit bulls, chow-chows, Presa Canarios or any mix of those breeds, Lauby said.
[…] Since April, Animal Control has taken in nearly 1,300 pit bulls but only 124 have been adopted, Lauby said. The remainder either go to a breed-specific rescue or are euthanized, he said.
It’s the same problem for other “bully breed” dogs, he said.
The shelter has taken in 180 Rottweilers since April and only 26 have been adopted. Fifteen of the 96 chow-chows received at the shelter have been adopted, Lauby said.
Local rescue groups are at their capacity in finding homes, Lauby said, so most of the dogs have been put down. […]
Full article retrieved 11/30/11 from http://www.fayobserver.com/articles/2011/11/30/1140687?sac=Local
This proposal is in very early stages, and the public has an opportunity to provide genuinely humane, sensible solutions to the county’s animal control problems. The Animal Control Board will meet again on December 5 at 6:00 PM to discuss the issue, at the Animal Services Department, 4704 Corporation Drive, Fayetteville, NC.
Please be respectful and helpful in your correspondence with officials.
Cumberland County Animal Services Department, Dr. John Lauby, Director, Phone: (910) 321-6851, firstname.lastname@example.org
If the Animal Control Board approves this proposal, it moves to the Policy Committee, and then to the full Board of Commissioners. We will post that contact information if and when the proposal moves ahead. For the moment, please try to work with the Animal Control Board to find reasonable solutions that don’t involve killing dogs just because they look a certain way.