Tag Archives: education

Auburn, CA: Alternative to BSL suggested

Auburn is considering breed-specific mandatory spay/neuter. Previous alerts for Auburn: http://stopbsl.com/?s=auburn%2C+ca

Local non-profits hope to implement program over breed-specific laws

By Bridget Jones, Journal staff writer

Safety First, a program being organized by several local non profit groups and American Kennel Clubs, would provide community outreach in the form of low-cost spay and neuter clinics, training clinics and educational campaigns, said Lynn Howe, of the A New Hope Animal Foundation and head of volunteers for Placer County Animal Services.

The groups were looking to create the program to avoid breed-specific legislation for dogs in Auburn, Howe said.

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Hendersonville, NC: Free dog safety program, Feb. 20

An opportunity to improve public safety through education:

Rabies clinic, dog safety program in Hendersonville Saturday

STAFF REPORTS • February 19, 2010

HENDERSONVILLE — Henderson County Animal Services will offer a free dog safety program for parents and children at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 at its facility at 828 Stoney Mountain Road.

Full story retrieved Feb. 20, 2010 from http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20100219/NEWS01/100219013

Denver, CO: Johnson: If experts cannot ID dog breeds, how can cities?

Breed-specific legislation requires breed identification. Breed ID is only rarely done with DNA testing, usually when an owner appeals a breed determination.

Johnson: If experts cannot ID dog breeds, how can cities?

By Bill Johnson
Denver Post Columnist
Updated: 12/16/2009 02:22:00 AM MST

[…] “Think you can tell just by looking?” was the teaser for the breed identification study we participated in. It was run by Victoria L. Voith, a professor of animal behavior in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Western University in Pomona, Calif.

What I and the others ultimately learned is you cannot simply look at a dog and know what it is.

Shelter workers, she explained, are generally 75 percent wrong when they list or tell you the breed of a dog. The only sure-fire way of knowing, she said, is DNA testing.

[…] “Visual identification simply is not in high agreement with DNA analysis,” she said when I protested that a dog I had falsely, dead-to-rights identified as a pit bull turned out through DNA testing to be mostly Dalmatian. “Dogs in Denver may be dying needlessly,” she said.[…]

Full article retrieved 12/16/09 from http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_14005785

Toledo, OH: Dog advocate says ‘pit bulls’ are unfairly demonized

Dog advocate says ‘pit bulls’ are unfairly demonized

Canine profiling cited as ineffective approach

Article published November 06, 2009

[…] Ledy VanKavage, a specialist in animal law, said Ohio and Lucas County are behind the times in adopting laws and practicing policies that target a particular breed.

“Ohio is the only state that discriminates against ‘pit bulls’,” she said. “Twelve states, including Illinois, prohibit breed discrimination. Breed-discrimination laws are ineffective. Profiling doesn’t protect the public.” […]

Full article retrieved 11/7/09 from http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091106/NEWS16/911060345/0/SPORTS01

Denver, CO: Advocates rally against breed-specific bans, such as Denver’s

Group has bone to pick with city

Advocates rally against breed-specific bans, such as Denver’s

Peter Marcus, DDN Staff Writer
Monday, October 26, 2009

[…] The law has come under intense scrutiny lately after an administrative judge ruled that animal control officers wrongly labeled a boxer-mix as a pit bull. Three so-called experts with Denver Animal Care and Control had labeled Kevin O’Connell’s dog Dexter a pit bull. But O’Connell’s own experts–American Kennel Club judges and professional dog handlers–testified that Dexter was in no way a pit bull.

Advocates are now wondering how many innocent dogs the city has killed by wrongly labeling a dog believed to be a pit bull.[…]

Full article retrieved 10/26/09 from http://www.thedenverdailynews.com/article.php?aID=6146

Chicago, IL: Safe Humane Chicago fights violence

StopBSL supports and encourages efforts, such as this one, to make communities safer and more humane. We can all make a difference.

Dogged determination

Cynthia Bathurst works to stop violence by helping animals and people peacefully co-exist

By William Hageman, Tribune reporter
October 18, 2009

[…] Bathurst, of Chicago, is co-founder and principal director of Safe Humane Chicago, an ambitious 2-year-old effort to fight violence by promoting compassion for animals as well as people. The program uses schools, churches and community groups — more than 60 organizations have lined up behind her — to get the anti-violence message to citizens in high-crime areas.

Especially young citizens: Get kids to treat animals with care and respect, and you’re on the right track. […]

Full article retrieved 10/19/09 from http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/family/chi-1018-bathurstoct18,0,7063324,full.story

Omaha, NE article: Firefighters Get Dangerous Dog Training

Rescue workers sometimes have to deal with stressed out, territorial dogs. This education program aims to make the entire community safer and more humane.

Firefighters Get Dangerous Dog Training

KETV NewsWatch 7 Cameras Get Inside Look At New Program
POSTED: 8:52 pm CDT October 30, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — The Omaha Fire Department has a new training program to help firefighters deal with dangerous dogs at rescue scenes. […]

Humane Society workers are showing firefighters how to use a catch pole, a metal rod with a wire loop that can collar a dog behind the ears. It helps rescuers lead the animal somewhere without getting their hands close enough to be bitten.[…]

Full article retrieved 11/1/08 from http://www.ketv.com/news/17852966/detail.html