On July 26, 2012, Wicca, a dog deemed dangerous by the City of Montreal, was put to death at Le Berger Blanc pound, after the City refused to consider a report prepared by a certified veterinary behaviorist who had assessed Wicca. Wicca’s story, which caused indignation both locally and worldwide, highlights the inherent flaws in Montreal’s current animal control by-law.
BRIGHTON, COLORADO—The case of a dog named Dre has advanced to a new level, now possibly the focus of a federal investigation after a police officer allegedly made telephonic threats to a Dre supporter across state lines.
The dog, seized by Brighton Police and animal control, appears to be the latest victim of breed discrimination, quickly becoming known as doggie racism.
Wicca, a pitbull accused of biting two people last month, was put down on Thursday despite her owner's appeals to the City of Montreal to keep her alive. The Montreal SPCA is now speaking out about the case.
HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA—The one absolutely unselfish friend a man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous is his dog.
A man’s dog stands by him in prosperity and in poverty, in health and in sickness. He will sleep on the ground, where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may be at his master’s side.
Every day Pit Bull caregivers and advocates across the United States and the world communicate and interact with each other online in the National Pit Bull Awar...
“Most of our efforts are focused in the United States on breed-specific programs,” says Wayne Pacelle, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS). “Our hearts go out to Lennox’s family and anyone whose dog is targeted because of breed,” Mr. Pacelle says referring to the Belfast, Ireland case that shook the world.
Slater is an aspiring therapy dog, and so far he's rocking his program. With Humane K9, Inc.
Slater is also the face of the renewed fight between animal advocates and lawmakers, thanks to his famous owners and a sly move by county legislators to include a repeal of the ban on the August 14 ballot. In exchange for state lawmakers dropping a bill that would outlaw breed-specific legislation in Florida, the county pledged to leave it up to local voters. The only Florida county to ban any dog breeds, Miami-Dade has outlawed pit bulls since 1989, with local officials arguing that they are inherently dangerous.
The State of Massachusetts made several landmark changes to its animal control laws this week.
The state introduced a new bill that bans gas chambers as a method of euthanizing cats and dogs, bans breed specific legislation (BSL) and introduces protection for pets from domestic violence. Governor Deval Patrick signed the bill into law on August 2, 2012.
It’s yet another horrific story of animal abuse, of a government targeting an animal, another case of breed specific legislation. Worldwide opponents to breed specific legislation are focused on the city of Montreal in an effort to save yet another dog on death row. So far, the dog has been denied its day in court, held to be guilty without proof, guilty until proven innocent.
The South Florida Veterinary Medical Association, the leading voice of veterinarians in the community, urges citizens of Miami-Dade County to put an end to Breed Specific Legislation (BSL) by voting YES to repeal the County’s breed ban in the...
Proposed bylaw singling out pit bulls as dangerous debated.
The proposed breed specific legislation, which would automatically deem pit bull and pit-bull-type dogs dangerous, is archaic and in contradiction to the changes many municipalities across Canada, and the United States, are making.
Many Maryland animal advocates discovered this first hand in May when they realized their closest allies in the fight against the state’s new pit bull laws were landlords and insurance companies who were also reeling from the implications of the Court of Appeals ruling in Tracey v. Solesky. Now any prospects of overturning the breed-specific law seem to be at the mercy of the outcomes of a political showdown over gambling.
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