Tag Archives: humane society

Virginia: HB 281 amended to prohibit breed-based shelter euthanasia

HB 281 is almost ready for the governor’s signature. HB 281 summary and tracking page: http://leg1.state.va.us/cgi-bin/legp504.exe?ses=101&typ=bil&val=hb281&Submit2=Go

McDonnell amends bill on breed-based euthanasia in shelters

Edited by Chris Graham
April 14, 2010 by afp

Gov. Bob McDonnell has amended a bill passed by the General Assembly to insert a prohibition banning breed-based killing of dogs in the Commonwealth.[…]

The Governor’s amendment will add the following language: “No pound may euthanize, or prohibit the adoption of, any dog based solely on breed…”

Article retrieved 4/15/10 from http://augustafreepress.com/2010/04/14/mcdonnell-amends-bill-on-breed-based-euthanasia-in-shelters/

Riverside County, CA: Free spay/neuter services for “pit bulls”

New Riverside County program tackles pit bull population

10:00 PM PST on Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The Press-Enterprise

RIVERSIDE – Riverside County animal control officials are launching a program to offer free spay-neuter services for pit bulls and pit bull mix dogs to stem the flood of these high-profile canines into countywide animal shelters.[…]

Full article retrieved 12/31/10 from http://www.pe.com/localnews/inland/stories/PE_News_Local_E_pits30.3fdaf2a.html

Lucas County, OH: Dog warden Tom Skeldon resigns

Lucas County dog warden Tom Skeldon, who has pushed for and supported BSL not only in Ohio but across the U.S., and whose policies were very anti-animal and pro-killing, has resigned, effective January 31.

A lengthy article on Skeldon’s resignation and the next steps to fill the vacant position can be found here: http://toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20091119/NEWS16/911199999/-1/NEWS

Lucas County commissioner Ben Konop was the only county commissioner that wanted Skeldon out.

Please thank Commissioner Konop for standing up for the animals of Lucas County, and please encourage all of the commissioners to hire a new dog warden who is progressive, proactive, life-affirming, safety-conscious, and logical.

Commissioners’ Contact Info:
One Government Center, Suite 800, Toledo, OH 43604

Ben Konop
(419) 213-2155

Tina Skeldon Wozniak
(419) 213-4817

Pete Gerken
(419) 213-4084

Genesee County, MI: Whispers of BSL

This is a very poorly-written, unclear article that hints that Genesee County, MI, or some of the cities/towns inside the county (Flint? Mt. Morris?) may consider BSL of some sort.

Follow the link to read the whole article.


Too violent for society? Pitbull debate rages in Genesee County following serious attacks

Despite the headline, only two attacks were mentioned in the body of the article. One was serious. One involved taking a child to a “clinic” for unspecified reasons. And a third incident mentioned left a dog dead, but no one was injured and it was unclear whether the dog was actually attacking anyone at all. In all cases, loose dogs were involved.

Also note that a few of the photos feature a couple of local “pit bull” breeders that play into the “thug” stereotype and raise non-breed-standard dogs. They offer this gem of wisdom, indicating they don’t really understand why dogs bite at all: “Half the time, if a pitbull gets out and bites someone it’s just because it’s hungry and has been mistreated by its owners.” We really don’t need “friends” like this in the fight against BSL, and the media should not hold these types of people up as “experts.”

Kitchener, ON, Canada: Dog owner pleads case to save pet’s life

Dog owner pleads case to save pet’s life

October 14, 2009

By Terry Pender, Record staff

KITCHENER — […] Carroll told the committee the lab traits in Charlie are stronger than the Pit Bull traits. Carroll also said Charlie appeared to be friendly.

But mainly because of the size of the dog’s head Carroll designated Charlie a Pit Bull-like animal that was banned and would have to be destroyed.

[…] “Based on the evidence the committee is rescinding the designation which means you are free to license your dog, no restrictions. Thanks you every one,” Lawrence said.[…]

The whole process has left Simpson shaking his head.

“Because they didn’t like the size of his head they wanted to kill him,” Simpson said.[…]

Full article retrieved 10/15/09 from http://news.therecord.com/News/Local/article/613149

Louisville, KY: Free ‘Snip And Chip’ For Pit Bulls


Free ‘Snip And Chip’ For Pit Bulls

POSTED: 3:16 pm EDT October 13, 2009

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — As “Pit Bull Awareness Day” nears, the Kentucky Humane Society will offer free services to pit bull owners.

In honor of that day (Oct. 24), the Humane Society’s S.N.I.P. Clinic will host a “Snip & Chip” promotion to encourage pit bull owners to spay and neuter their dogs due to the breed’s overpopulation problem. The first 100 pit bulls or pit bull mixes with scheduled appointments will be spayed or neutered and microchipped for free Oct. 19-22.

[…] For more information, click here.

Maricopa County, AZ: Free spay/neuter for “pit bulls”

Through the end of October, you can even get paid $20 for each “pit bull” you have spayed or neutered. Maricopa County residents only.

More info here: http://www.lostourhome.org/resources/low-cost-spayneuter-clinics/