One of those “aggressive dogs”, per NC state lawmaker Rodney Moore. Wearing a striped sweater. And gyrating. The owner really should get a permit.
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Posted by YesBiscuit on May 6, 2013
Although this information, which I posted on Facebook yesterday, is directed at dog owners in Sikeston, MO where authorities are rounding up dogs based on body shape, it could potentially apply to any pet owner, anywhere, anytime.
Dog owners in Sikeston, MO – keep your doors locked. Do not answer the door if AC knocks. Do not give them permission to come into your home. If they do not have your permission, they have to get a search warrant. Make them get one. This is a travesty.
Lisa from Hospets shared info from this link that has been widely circulated on the net and tells pet owners exactly what to do and what not to do when AC knocks on your door – whether you live in a BSL area or not. It’s good to review this document periodically to remind yourself of your rights and how to best protect yourself and your pets.
To that excellent list I would add that when AC is conducting illegal seizures under BSL, no dog owner should assume he is safe because his dog is not a Pitbull (or whatever “breed” they are targeting). It may be obvious to the owner that the dog is not a Pitbull but the owner’s opinion will not count. Keep the door locked.
Many people are understandably outraged at the illegal seizure of pets from law abiding citizens. Some have made extreme suggestions such as moving or physically resisting and many have drawn comparisons to Nazi Germany. People in Sikeston don’t need to flee or resort to violence. They need to stand up, speak up and refuse to shut up until someone in a position to stop this madness listens. It’s important to remember that Hitler counted on the masses to do what people in uniform told them to do – even if they believed it was ethically wrong, unfair and/or illegal. By and large they did and this was a key component in his rise to power. Compassionate, reasonable people always outnumber ignorant sadists. They just tend to keep quiet.
Added: KC Dog Blog has posted an update on the situation in Sikeston. It sounds as if authorities are backing down.
Posted by YesBiscuit on December 7, 2012
Reader Morgana found a BSL advocate and got a response about the killing of Lennox. Although it’s not the public celebration I had anticipated, it’s at least public, now. And it’s got all the lies anyone could ever have imagined:
From: “email@example.com” <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Monday, July 16, 2012 6:18 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: [New post] BSL Advocates Seem to Have Disappeared After Lennox’s Killing, Check Under Local Rocks
In point of fact, Lennox was impounded after neighbors complained about his dangerous behavior.
He was not returned with a warning because he was a pit bull, who never should have been brought to Northern Ireland in the first place. Returning animals of any kind to scofflaws is never good policy.
Lennox subsequently repeatedly flunked behavioral screening.
And that is why he was killed.
– Merritt Clifton
Editor, ANIMAL PEOPLE
P.O. Box 960
Clinton, WA 98236
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 18, 2012
Reader Joel sent me this note regarding Lennox, which I thought many of you would be interested in reading:
One thing I’ve been wondering…where are all the BSL advocates to stand up and take ownership of this? This is a ideal situation for them, as the process as done everything that strict BSL is supposed to do, to an absolute T:- A dangerous dog, defined by the dog’s appearance, was identified- The dog was then seized BEFORE he could commit a deadly attack (as the BSL folks say…Prevent the deed, ban the breed!)- The seizure was upheld through the judicial process- The dog was killed despite massive protests and public pressureThis is the dream BSL scenario, and it is the most publicized case in who knows how long. Instead of letting Belfast City Council take all the heat for this, they should be helping the council and public celebrate good solid policy. They should be using the opportunity to educate everyone about why this needed to be done, why it was right to do it, and why everyone is safer now. The silence is notable.
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 12, 2012
This is exactly why we call it the No Kill Movement and not the No Humane Putting to Sleep Movement. No kill advocates are for true euthanasia to end the suffering of medically hopeless or behaviorally hopeless pets after all reasonable efforts to help have been exhausted. We are against killing – which is ending the life of a pet for any other reason.
Lennox was neither medically nor behaviorally hopeless. He was a little girl’s comfort dog and a friendly family pet. He was deemed dangerous due to his body measurements under a stupid law in Northern Ireland. There were offers to rehome Lennox in other locations which have no such laws and as such, he would not be considered dangerous. But the Belfast City Council would accept no alternatives. The BCC seemed to be afflicted with some sort of maniacal bloodlust over the dog.
When you talk about Lennox from now on, make sure you choose your words carefully. He was killed. Just like all the other dogs deemed dangerous due to body shape under breed specific legislation in Northern Ireland and elsewhere. It’s killing under the guise of public safety. But who keeps the public safe from those who kill a little girl’s friendly pet and call it humane?
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 11, 2012
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you all again for your messages of support. We are sorry to say at the present time Belfast city council seem to be intent on killing our boy. Despite previous assurances otherwise, we have been denied the opportunity to say goodbye. We have also been told that we cannot collect his body and bring Len home. We have been informed however that we will receive “some” ashes in the mail.
Shame on you, Belfast City Council.
Posted by YesBiscuit on July 10, 2012
Many of you have been supporting the efforts to save Lennox, a mixed breed dog in Belfast, seized under the Dangerous Dog Act, two years ago. Lennox was seized not because he bit someone, nor because anyone complained about his behavior. He was seized due to body measurements taken by a pair of dog wardens. They claimed these measurements qualified him as a “Pitbull type” dog and that he would be killed.
Lennox’s owners have been fighting for his life these past 2 years while the dog wasted away in deplorable conditions at the hands of Belfast City Council. Despite all logic, the courts have continually upheld that Lennox must be killed due to his measurements, even dismissing the opinions of two canine behaviorists who evaluated Lennox and found him to be a safe dog. Today, the owners lost their final appeal to save their family pet’s life.
It is a sad day for Lennox, his family, and animal lovers everywhere. It is a sad day for common sense which should tell anyone that a tape measure is not an accurate predictor of canine behavior. But then, this is the tragedy of breed specific legislation. I hope the Dangerous Dog Act is fully repealed and replaced with common sense legislation that does not discriminate against dogs based on appearance or more specifically, condemn dogs to death based upon a tape measure.
Posted by YesBiscuit on June 12, 2012
In Australia, the towns of Campbelltown and Wollondilly place heavy restrictions on owners of Pitbull type dogs. The city councils are concerned that some owners may not be in compliance with the law and are keeping Pitbulls they haven’t registered. As such, and in response to the tragic death of a child who was killed by a Pitbull type dog in Melbourne recently, the city councils are offering amnesty to unregistered Pitbull owners.
It’s really a swell deal. The owner turns in the unregistered dog and gets a fabulous prize: no charges will be filed! But that’s not all. The dog too gets a fabulous prize – well, actually the dog just gets killed. But did I mention no charges will be filed against the owner?!
Posted by YesBiscuit on August 29, 2011
Last Tuesday, a Charlotte Pitbull owner lost his dog Diesel when a repairman left the gate open in Diesel’s yard. The owner, Joe Gibson, immediately started searching for Diesel. He posted over 150 fliers around the area. He checked the Char-Meck ACC website for lost dogs. He went to the shelter in person to search for Diesel – every day. While at the shelter, he posted one of his fliers on their lost dogs bulletin board. No luck.
On Monday, a friend who was helping Mr. Gibson search the CMPD-ACC website came across a photo of a dog that could possibly be Diesel – it was hard to tell from the photo. The owner went to the shelter again to ask about the dog in the photo:
“I walked around the corner and I see my dog laying there, dead,” he said.
Char-Meck had killed Diesel because his mandatory hold time as a stray had expired and he was a Pitbull, which the shelter does not adopt out. Diesel had apparently been injured at the time ACC picked him up and so was left in a kennel area off limits to the public. And there he suffered, day after day while his owner looked for him. Diesel’s injuries were treatable.
Rather than trot out the old “Oops” excuse that Char-Meck has used in the past when they’ve killed people’s Pitbulls, they went with a new approach on this one:
Mark Balestra, the director of Animal Care and Control, told Eyewitness News that Gibson is to blame because he never got a microchip for his dog. He said that’s a responsibility of dog owners and makes it much easier to find dogs.
Balestra also said a picture of Diesel was on the website since Feb. 2 and that if Gibson pointed out pictures that could have been Diesel to employees, they would have looked into each one.
Wow. How do ya like them apples?
And, for the final zing!:
[CMPD-ACC] also say that right now, they have no record of Gibson showing up to look for the dog.
Thanks Valerie and Lisa for the links on this story.
Posted by YesBiscuit on February 9, 2011
Charlotte resident Demetred Norman reportedly became financially overwhelmed in trying to provide proper care for his 13 Pitbulls. A neighbor put in a call to Charlotte-Mecklenburg AC & C and ACOs showed up at the home on Monday. Mr. Norman surrendered the dogs to AC & C which has a policy prohibiting the adoption of Pitbulls to the public. Char-Meck AC & C spokesman Melissa Knicely gave an interview to a local news station:
Some of the dogs, she said, were underweight but not starving. Many were suffering from intestinal worms, and most, if not all, had severe heartworms.
Char-Meck killed all 13 of the dogs. But if we are to believe the above quote, they killed them only after performing a number of blood and fecal tests which resulted in determining treatable conditions. It seems an odd use of resources for dogs they apparently had no plans to treat. And another thing:
All of the dogs were euthanized. If that may seem like a quick decision, officers say there is literally no place to put pit bulls in this county.
The majority of dogs found at the stray shelters are pit bulls. They can’t be put up for adoption, leaving rescue groups as the only option.
“The bottom line is that those rescue groups are taxed with pit bulls too because it’s such a popular breed,” Knicely says.
How many rescue groups were contacted before the decision was made to kill all the dogs? Because it sure seems that the killings happened very soon after the dogs arrived. Coordinating rescue and transport for 13 Pitbulls would take time I would think.
Since only some of the dogs were underweight, couldn’t they have tried a slightly less radical approach than killing all 13 immediately? I’m thinking something along the lines of the Give Them Something to Eat While We Network with Area Rescues approach. In addition, maybe the owner could have kept one or two or some number that he could afford to properly care for. Or perhaps donated food could have been brought to the home and the dogs “sheltered in place” while rescue was arranged. Why the rush to take all the dogs away to the kill room? Where is the CARE in the Animal Care & Control?
“Every time I walked back there, their tails were wagging, they were happy,” Norman says.
Norman didn’t know his dogs had been put down until NewsChannel 36 told him.
Stay classy, Char-Meck.
Posted by YesBiscuit on January 26, 2011