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Calgary, AB, Canada: Enlightened approach to managing pets nets public safety results

Despite the sensational headline and opener text, the real value of this article is the details and discussion about Calgary’s much-admired dog legislation and enforcement.

Dog attack continues in Calgary woman’s nightmares

By Tamara Gignac, Calgary Herald
June 8, 2010 6:45 AM

Last year, bylaw officers logged 424 aggressive dog incidents, including 159 bites. Compare that to 1985, when the city received 1,938 complaints, including 621 bites, at a time when Calgary was home to only 600,000 people.

Asked to explain the city’s peculiarly docile pet population, top bylaw officer Bill Bruce can quickly rhyme off a chorus of theories.

“We have damn good legislation, we take aggression extremely seriously and we have great public education,” he says.

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Free Educational Webinars on Feb. 20: Make a difference to the dogs and people in your community

The University of Illinois Department of Animal Sciences is holding their 9th Humane Education Seminar on Saturday, February 20, and we are very fortunate to be able to bring these live sessions to you via webinar.

Please keep in mind that because this is a presentation in front of a live audience, it will not be as interactive as our regular webinars, and the opportunity for q & a will be very limited. You will, however, have this opportunity to listen in during the live presentations.

There are four sessions being held on February 20 and details regarding each session are listed below. You must register separately for each session you are interested in attending. You can register at http://petsmartcharities.webex.com

The Pit Bull Placebo

Presented by: Don Cleary, National Canine Research Council

Saturday, February 20: 5:10-6:20 a.m. Hawaii; 7:10-8:20 a.m. pacific; 8:10-9:20 a.m. mountain; 9:10-10:20 a.m. central; 10:10-11:20 a.m. eastern

In her groundbreaking book The Pitbull Placebo: The Media Myths and Politics of Canine Aggression, Karen Delise, Founder of the National Canine Research Council, showed how bloodhounds, German Shepherds, and Dobermans, were vilified in our history. The dynamics Delise identified now operate against the vaguely defined group of dogs called pit bulls. The Pit Bull Placebo presentation shows how we have fearfully stripped these dogs of all the traits that we value in dogs, leaving only monster myths and urban legend in their place. The presentation also shows how changing our attitudes toward animal abuse, including toward criminals who fight dogs, and recognition of the difference between a resident dog and a family dog, can preserve and deepen the human-canine bond.

Building a Safe and Humane Community

Presented by: Cynthia Bathurst, Ph.D., Safe Humane Chicago

Saturday February 20: 6:50-8:00 a.m. Hawaii; 8:50-10:00 a.m. pacific; 9:50-11:00 a.m. mountain; 10:50-12:00 p.m. central; 11:50-1:00 p.m. eastern

This presentation will discuss how Safe Humane Chicago programs work in concert to save lives and create safer, more humane communities, particularly in those challenged by a poor economy and lack of resources. The dogs in these communities are most often identified as pit-bull type dogs and face special challenges. This presentation will introduce you to Safe Humane programming, the Chicago participants, the outcomes and the measures of success. The focus will be on the most successful and proven programs, which help mentor and support neighborhood ambassadors of the human and animal kind:

  • “Lifetime Bonds” Pittie Classes and Ambassador Training
  • Youth Leaders for Safe Humane Communities and their work with ambassador dogs
  • Animal Court Advocacy and Enrichment Programs for the Animal Victims

We will discuss steps to take toward empowering communities beyond traditional animal welfare alliances and leveraging our mutual goals of treating each dog as an individual and facilitating good “forever homes” against the needs and perception of communities where animals are most at risk.

Facilitating Successful Adoptions

Presented by: Bernice Clifford, CPDT, Behavior and Training Coordinator for Animal Farm Foundation, Inc

Saturday, February 20: 9:15-10:25 a.m. Hawaii; 11:15-12:25 p.m. pacific; 12:15-1:25 p.m. mountain; 1:15-2:25 p.m. central; 2:15-3:15 p.m. eastern

Bernice Clifford, CPDT will be discussing and providing information on how to facilitate better adoptions. Adoption is much more then sending a dog to a home. It is important to never assume breed or character based on how a dog looks, but instead get to know each dog as an individual. Clifford will also discuss kennel enrichment and the role it plays in promoting adoptions and preparing dogs to go home. She will talk about how socialization and training will better prepare dogs to leave shelters and set them up for successful adoptions. Finally, Clifford will explain that partnering with other organizations within your community is a valuable tool in promoting adoptions and creating networks that will benefit the dogs in your care.

We’ve Got Game—From Confrontation to Collaboration—Dealing with Decisionmakers on Animal Welfare Issues

Presented by: Ledy VanKavage, Esq., Senior Legislative Analyst for Best Friends Animal Society

Saturday February 20: 10:55-12:05 p.m. Hawaii; 12:55-2:05 p.m. pacific; 1:55-3:05 p.m. mountain; 2:55-4:05 p.m. central; 3:55-5:05 p.m. eastern

This presentation will stress effective tools to use when lobbying for animals on a local or state level for animal issues. Successful case studies of local and state campaigns will be discussed in addition to advocacy tips.

If you aren’t familiar with webinars and would like to make sure your computer is set up and ready to go, please feel free to contact Suzy Hayton at shayton@petsmartcharities.org.

Miami-Dade County, FL: Woman flees Cutler Bay home to keep banned dog

Visit the article link for a video about efforts to fight BSL in Miami-Dade.

Note: this article contains several inaccuracies, such as the suggestion that communities in Texas have “pit bull” bans in place.

Woman flees Cutler Bay home to keep banned dog

A woman left her Cutler Bay home rather than give up her dog, an outlawed pit bull in Miami-Dade County.

South Florida News Service

[…] Miami-Dade residents are banned from owning pit bulls. Any dog fitting the physical characteristics of a pit bull by more than 51 percent may also be banned.

[…] “This ordinance, basically, is the version of racial profiling,” said Dahlia Canes, a founder and director of the coalition. “It is discriminatory. It is unjust. Thousands of innocent animals are targeted on a daily basis in Dade County.”

Kathy Labrada, investigation supervisor for Miami-Dade Animal Services, said the criteria used to determine if a dog is a pit bull is based entirely on appearance.[…]

Full article retrieved 12/13/09 from http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami_dade/pinecrest/story/1378374.html

Puerto Rico: Ban on pit bulls to be repealed

Translated with Google Translate, with edits for sense.
(Alert from BSL Workshops/Updates)


The legalization of pitbulls advances

The College of Veterinarians welcomes the Legislature’s move to repeal the ban on the breed of dogs

By Pedro Bosque Pérez

The possession of pitbulls or dogs born from crosses with that race took a step toward legalization after the Legislature approved the repeal of Act 158 of 1998, which prohibits possession, importation and breeding the dogs of the breed Pitbull Terrier, their hybrids and crosses in Puerto Rico.

“At last we got these dogs equal with other races which may also be potentially dangerous,” said Dr. Victor Oppenheimer, past president of the College of Veterinarians of Puerto Rico. […]

Roseville, CA: Placer SPCA offers spay/neuter vouchers for pit bulls in November

Placer SPCA offers spay, neuter vouchers for pitbulls

Responsible ownership key to good behavior, experts say

By Jenifer Gee Journal Staff Writer

[…] For the month of November, the Placer Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is offering free spay and neuter surgery vouchers for pitbull and pitbull mix pets.[…]

For more information, call Placer SPCA at (916) 782-7722 ext. 201 or apply online at placerspca.org

Full article retrieved 11/4/09 from http://auburnjournal.com/detail/133969.html?content_source=&category_id=&search_filter=&user_id=&event_mode=&event_ts_from=&event_ts_to=&list_type=&order_by=&order_sort=&content_class=1&sub_type=&town_id=

Kingston, NY: Free training available for pit bulls, owners

Free training means a safer community. I’m not sure what the article means when it says the free training is for “young people.”

Free training available for pit bulls, owners

Published: Friday, October 30, 2009
Freeman staff

KINGSTON — Starting Monday, young people in the city who own pit bulls can take part in a free training program geared at teaching the dogs basic manners and the owners responsibility.

[…] Train-A-Bull will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. the next six Mondays at the Clinton Avenue United Methodist Church, which is at 122 Clinton Ave. in Midtown Kingston.

The training is free. To sign up, call (845) 399-6136.

Full article retrieved 10/30/09 from http://www.dailyfreeman.com/articles/2009/10/30/news/doc4aea6ca8d5f8d291246174.txt

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