Dangerous dogs: Bred to fight, left to die
The cult of ‘status dogs’ has led to a huge rise in the number of pets abandoned by their young owners, reports David Harrison
By David Harrison
Published: 5:58PM GMT 13 Mar 2010
[…] To illustrate his point he walks along a line of cages, each containing a dog with sad eyes, mostly “staffie crosses”, Staffordshire bull terriers cross-bred with larger dogs in an attempt to make their owners look tougher.
“This one was beaten by its owner,” he says. “That one was starved and emaciated. This one was injured after a fight with another dog. And that one was tied to a railing and abandoned after being used to breed.”
It is a depressing gallery. Last week, in the face of growing concern about “status dogs”, the Government announced a review of the Dangerous Dogs Act and a proposal that owners should have to take out compulsory insurance for their pets. But Mr Grant is not convinced that will have any impact on the huge numbers of status dogs being bred in Britain for profit, for protection and for fights.
[…] “There’s no point banning a breed of dog because, as we are seeing today, they will simply use other breeds and crosses and turn them into vicious animals,” he says. “The Staffordshire bull terrier and the bull mastiff are great family pets, but they have been demonised because of what irresponsible owners have done.”
Full article retrieved 3/13/10 from http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/petshealth/7436751/Dangerous-dogs-Bred-to-fight-left-to-die.html
Hobart expresses regret over pit bull ban
By Lynn Zerschling firstname.lastname@example.org | Posted: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 12:00 am
SIOUX CITY — Mayor Mike Hobart said Tuesday he regrets voting to ban pit bulls in 2008 and would consider lifting that breed ban.
[…] Radig said he would support continuation of the pit bull ban, noting he’s worried his children would be bitten by pit bulls running free at Headid Park.
Padgett said, “I’m not a breed specific person. I think a lot of it has to do with responsible owners. I would like to see the data.” Fitch agreed, saying he would like a report on the impact the ban has had.[…]
Full article retrieved 1/20/10 from http://www.siouxcityjournal.com/article_e29ec904-057a-11df-9fc3-001cc4c002e0.html
Previous alerts for Sioux City: http://stopbsl.com/?s=sioux+city
Posted in Iowa, Results of BSL
Tagged ban, bite, breed specific legislation, city council, dangerous, dog, ordinance, pit bull, stereotype, vicious
By definition, breed-specific legislation requires dogs’ breeds or mixes to be identified. Breed-specific laws are usually written to affect a dog based on that dog’s appearance.
But DNA testing that identifies a dog’s breed or breeds (a science still in its infancy) has shown that visual assessment of a dog’s breed or mix is often incorrect.
The result, of course, is that many dogs that do not possess any of the regulated breeds’ DNA may nevertheless be swept up in BSL simply because they are unlucky enough to have inherited a basic appearance that is considered typical of a regulated breed.
Here are some recent articles about this dilemma, plus an interesting interactive quiz.
The greatest dog breeds you only think you know
Canine Quiz: Can you match the dog to its ancestry? (interactive quiz)
Beagle or Bichon: Can dog drool provide insight?
Think you know a dog’s DNA? Think again
Posted in Breed Identification, Results of BSL, Studies
Tagged animal control, ban, Breed Identification, breed specific legislation, DNA test, dog, pit bull, shelter, stereotype
This ban will be effective immediately if passed by the Board of Aldermen on October 13.
Town Hall, 131 East Main Street, P.O. Box 249, Dandridge, TN 37725
Phone: (865) 397-7420
Fax: (865) 397-1839
Mayor and Board of Aldermen (who will be voting on the ordinance):
Mayor George Gantte
Vice Mayor David Jones
Alderman Mike Chambers
Alderman Pam Farrar
Alderman Todd Kesterson
Alderman Mike Nelson
Alderman Kenneth Thornhill
Town Administrator Jim Hutchins is pushing the ban.
The Town’s Board of Mayor and Aldermen hold their regularly scheduled meetings
at 7:00 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at the Public Works Building.
Pit Bull owners claim Dandridge pooch persecution
Updated: 9/16/2009 4:43:33 AM
Posted: 9/15/2009 11:31:57 PM
Dandridge is considering a new ordinance that bans any new Pit Bulls residing inside the town limits. […]
Full article retrieved 9/16/09 from http://www.wbir.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=99079&catid=2
Posted in BSL Proposed, Tennessee
Tagged aldermen, ban, board, breed specific legislation, council, dangerous, dog, meeting, ordinance, pit bull, stereotype